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 4 years.

Phil and Leona celebrate 13 years of marriage this past August, and they share life with their three adorable kids - Brennan, Emily, and Mia - and a dog named Bella.

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Favorite movie: The Princess Bride and whatever the kids have on endless repeat!

Favorite musical artist: Bill Evans

Favorite book (other than the Bible): The Feiner Points of Leadership by Michael Feiner

Favorite caffeinated beverage: Coffee – black no sugar!

Favorite sports team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Random fact: I have no middle name