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Frank Phillips’ Life & Ministry


Frank B. Phillips was born January 2, 1914 in Saltese, Montana. His early life was spent in Tacoma, Washington where he and his brother Floyd learned the upholstery trade, and learned to work diligently.

He married Dorothy Terwilliger in 1931. After the birth of their daughter, Alice, in 1934, the young couple moved to the high mountains of Rye, Colorado. Those depression days called forth all of Frank’s inventiveness and his determination to somehow make a living for his young family, running a sawmill, a fruit drying business, a dairy and more. He once met a mountain lion face to face on a back trail, but after sizing one another up, each went their separate ways.

A son, Roland, was born in Colorado in 1937. Shortly after, the family returned to Washington and settled in Bremerton where Frank worked in the shipyards during the war.

He loved music and soon began working as a singing evangelist. He was then ordained as a minister and served for over forty-five years in various places. Andrews University awarded him an honorary masters degree for his superior Biblical scholarship. For ten years he served as youth director in the state of Illinois, and built a youth camp there. For five years he was personnel director for the White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. He pastured in Washington and Oregon for at least 16 years. After his official retirement, he and Dorothy traveled from church to church to hold revival meetings for another ten years. Both of them were dearly loved by multitudes of people who benefited from their loving ministry. He died September 4, 1994 and awaits Jesus' return.  He was buried in a cemetary in Auburn, Washington.

Taken from the Pastor Phillips’ funeral bulletin

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