The public is invited to hear Dr Ron Phillips preach his classic message, “Come Before Winter” in one of his final sermons as senior pastor at Abba’s House on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 a.m. For many years, Dr. Phillips preached this message every November, but the last time he delivered it was in 2005, on the final Sunday morning service in the Central Baptist sanctuary. The following Sunday, the church moved into the Abba’s House auditorium.
This special service on Nov. 5 will celebrate the ministry of Dr. Phillips, who came to Central Baptist Church (now Abba's House) in 1979. Earlier this year, Pastor Phillips announced his transition to the position of "pastor emeritus" as of Jan. 1, 2018, when his son, Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Jr. will become Abba's House's new senior pastor. Dr. Ron Phillips will continue to serve the church in a supporting role, preaching two or three months a year and traveling to help other churches as an ambassador of Abba’s House.
Dr. Ron Phillips was called as the pastor of Central Baptist in September 1979 from the East Gadsden Baptist Church in Gadsden, Ala. Under his leadership, the church entered a new era of growth and expansion. In addition to the church flourishing numerically, the church has expanded physically with the addition of property and buildings to house the growing congregation.
Dr. Phillips’ vision for reaching beyond the walls of the church led to the development of a television ministry. In 1985, “The Central Message” broadcast portions of the service to the Chattanooga area. By 1990, the program began airing nationally and now can be seen around the world as “Ron Phillips from Abba’s House.”
Along with the demand for his television ministry has grown the need for Pastor Phillips’ teaching to be put into print. He is an accomplished writer, with a weekly blog and more than 30 books authored, including the Foundations on the Holy Spirit series, Everyone’s Guide to Demons & Spiritual Warfare, The Power of Agreement and The Unraveling of America.
Dr. Phillips has a Bachelor’s degree from Samford University, as well as a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Nov. 5 will be a time of recognition and celebration of Pastor Phillips's nearly 40-year tenure as senior pastor of Abba's House. The public is invited to attend this special service at 10:30 a.m.
Abba’s House is at 5208 Hixson Pike, just north of Northgate Mall. Visit abbashouse.com for more information.