FBC Oakman pastor Bill Phillips to retire after 33 years in ministry

Bill Phillips said as he looks back over his years in full-time ministry it’s been “great and wonderful.”

A big portion of that time was spent at First Baptist Church, Oakman, where he recently retired from the pastorate after 33 years.

“I have such a loving wife — she’s been a mainstay in my ministry,” Phillips said. “It has been great to see what God has done.”

Before serving at First, Oakman, Phillips earned bachelor’s degrees from Howard College (now Samford University) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served in Kentucky for a while before coming back to Alabama and serving as pastor of Belcher Memorial Baptist and Wyatt Baptist, both in Birmingham, and Cedar Hill Baptist and Aiken Grove Baptist, both in Jasper. 

During his long tenure at First, Oakman, he also began a street preaching ministry that he said gives him an opportunity to reach people who might not otherwise be reached.

Phillips is available for supply preaching or as an interim pastor. Contact him at 205-522-9970. (Grace Thornton)