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Rev. Judith A. Phillips, Ph.D.
Bible College Professor - Author Ė Speaker - Minister - Administrator - Biblical Tour Leader

 

Rev. Judith A. Phillips, Ph.D., is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and President of Reyah Bible College. Previously, she was the Field Director and a Professor at Bethany University Sacramento, which she established in 1996 as a satellite of the main campus in Scotts Valley, California.  She also has taught for Northwest University Sacramento.

In addition to teaching and administering, Judy has led student study tours to biblical lands. In 1998, she first directed a student study tour to Israel and then continued to lead biblical tours to Israel, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey.

Educationally, Judy graduated summa cum laude (4.0 Grade Point Average) from Simpson University in 1986 with an M.A. in Bible and Theology. She continued her education and in 1994 obtained a Ph.D. in Theology from Walden University. Her dissertation topic was entitled, "The Concept of The Holy in the Pentateuch and Its Implications toward Wholeness of Being and Ethical Conduct." As a result of her graduate course work, she also wrote a number of books, which she uses as supplemental textbooks for her students.

With respect to Judy's background, she became a Christian at the age of fifteen and immediately desired to study courses which would enable her to learn more of God. Although her parents would not allow her to attend a Christian college, she enrolled at Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington) in a liberal arts program and took the only two religious courses offered. She attended there for one year and then married Dallas Phillips. They have three children, twelve grandchildren, and nine great grandchild. Dallas is very supportive of Judy's Christian studies and endeavors. Some of Judyís previous endeavors include directing a District Bible Quiz Program in Northern California/Nevada, Christian Education Director at Trinity Life Center in Sacramento, Instructor for Simpson Universityís former Sacramento program, Instructor for former Capital Bible College in Sacramento, Instructor for Northwest University Sacramento, and board member and publicity and seminar chairman for the former Church Leadership and Service Seminars (C.L.A.S.S.) annual convention in Sacramento. 

On September 12, 1983, Judy believes she received a specific call from God to teach in a Bible college, one which demonstrates academic quality without sacrificing spiritual commitment. She believes it was a call of God because the awareness that she should teach in Bible college was turned on in one moment of time, and she realized, "Of course I should teach in Bible college; why didnít I think of that before?" It was a very strong sense of mission, did not dissipate, and many doors opened which contributed toward further educational preparation in graduate school when circumstances seemed impossible. Later, she received confirmation through a Bible verse, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it (Colossians 4:17).

There was no doubt that this was teaching ministry. To Judy, the teaching of sound doctrine and scriptural foundations is very important so that Christians may be strengthened in Godís Word, well-equipped, and ready for His use. The positive response of students to her teaching is one confirmation to her that God has called her to the teaching ministry. Although they state that her courses are challenging, they learn and come back after graduation to thank her for the impact on their lives and ministry. Foundational to Judyís teaching is growing in the knowledge of God. As individuals grow in the knowledge of God and focus upon Him, they have a strong desire to worship and praise Him. In so doing, they become more God-like and Christ-like, which in turn provides for meaningful service in Godís kingdom work. This is the thrust of Judyís teaching ministry, and more and more doors are opening for Judy to share this emphasis.

 


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