The son of Filipino immigrants, Phillip Santillan was born in Hagerstown, MD, and grew up in Newport News, VA, where he encountered the truth of who Christ is in a way that found him deciding to make Christ the Lord and Savior of his life at the age of 15.  From that moment, he has always been deeply involved in being part of seeing other people's lives changed by the good news of Jesus Christ.  After graduating from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN,  Phillip spent the next 14 years serving in associate pastor roles in Rogers, MN, Orlando, FL and most recently, at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church in MN, where he served for almost four years.

Phil and Leona have been married since 2004, and they share life with their three adorable kids - Brennan, Emily, and Mia - and a dog named Bella.

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