Name: Phill Parris
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
TC Center: Prayer Mountain Boy’s Academy (Griffin, GA)
Graduated From: Teen Challenge of Greater Cleveland (Intake) – April 1998; Teen Challenge Training Center, Rehrersburg, PA – December 1998
Brief Testimony: I was raised in Buffalo, NY and grew up in the Church of God in Christ. As I got older, I became involved in a gang and drugs. On November 11, 1997, while sitting in jail, I accepted Christ as my Savior. I went to Teen Challenge of Greater Cleveland where I was discipled and learned more about a relationship with God. It was there that I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, water, and received a calling into ministry.
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Sarah, since 2001. We are both ordained Assemblies of God ministers. She is a Chaplain in the USAF and I am currently working on a doctorate with SAGU. We have served together in various ministry capacities. We have four awesome children – Jaala, Micaiah, Raygan and Raymond.
What is the vision and calling that God has given you? I believe God has called my wife and I to lead leaders.
How has the ELP program impacted you? The ELP program has impacted me by strengthening a sense of community for me and helping me to step out into God’s calling in a greater way. ELP has challenged me in several different ways.