Rev. Carlton L. Phillips, Pastor
Reverend Carlton L. Phillips is the youngest of five children. He was born September 27, 1982 in Orlando, Florida to Reverend C.L. Phillips, Sr., and Mrs. Eula T. Phillips. At the age of six, Reverend Phillips accepted Christ, was baptized, and joined the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of his father.
Reverend Phillips was educated in the Orange County Public Schools and graduated from Dr. Phillips High School. He received an Associate of Arts Degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida.
Reverend Phillips heard the call of God at the tender age of 16, and after months of observation by his father was licensed to preach at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Phillips sought to further his theological training and enrolled in the legendary “School of the Prophets” Selma University in Selma, Alabama. While at Selma University, a number of honors and awards were bestowed upon him. He served as the president of the Selma University Ministerial Union, and was honored as a National Collegiate Social Scientist award winner. He made the Dean’s List and was inducted into the National Honor Society. He was also awarded the Tom Joyner H.B.C.U. General Motors Scholarship.
While continuing his education, Reverend Phillips again heard the voice of God leading him into another capacity of ministry and in 2005 was unanimously voted to become the pastor of the Provewell Missionary Baptist Church in Sprott, Alabama. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, Reverend Phillips introduced numerous ministries that are still vibrant today. While shepherding the flock at the Provewell church, Reverend Phillips was contacted by a wonderful group of people in need of guidance. In the latter part of 2005 he was elected to become the Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church of Beatrice, AL. He credits these churches for honoring him with his start in the ministry. He is also grateful for these churches honoring him with gifts of kindness, patience, and experience. Again, the almighty hand of God orchestrated yet another endeavor in the life of Reverend Phillips when on the 2nd Saturday in November, 2007 he was elected the pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama.
On January 10, 2010, Reverend Phillips was called to pastor the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Reverend Phillips was later installed as Pastor on April 11, 2010.
In addition to his duties as pastor, he continues to further his education. He is currently seeking a Masters of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (Morehouse School of Religion); he continues to be a distinguished public speaker and revivalist who travels extensively throughout the country, “Spreading the good news”. Reverend Phillips is the proud father of one daughter, Zion LeNese Phillips.