meet Phil Cole

Committee Member, Trustee and Chairman: Phil ColePhil Cole was born in Devon and grew up with a church village background!

Phil started his working life as an auctioneer and then trained to become an accountant. He became a partner in a small practice working with four other partners. Phil became a Christian in his adult years and soon felt called into full-time Christian ministry and moved with his wife Shirley to Christchurch, where they studied together at Moorlands Bible College.

After graduating with a degree in Applied Theology God opened up a position as Pastoral Director at Greyfriars Church in Reading. Greyfriars is a large and popular Anglican church in central Reading. Phil's role was overseeing the 30-40 Small home and study groups within the church plus most aspects of pastoral care. 

In 2004 Phil returned to the Christchurch area again when he was offered the position of Church Leader at Bransgore Community Church. The church has gone from strength to strength under his leadership and as he is passionate about church unity the ties between BCC and LEAF have also strengthened.

Another of Phil's great passions is sport, and he loves to partake in most sports when his body allows!

Phil took on the mantel of chairman of LEAF after the death of his predecessor, Jonathan Wallis in 2011. Phil steered LEAF through the next 3 years until he handed the role over to Revd. Alison John of Ashley Baptist in October 2014 at the LEAF Joining the Dots Tour Event. As Phil handed over the baton of leadership he said:

"Over the last few years it’s been a privilege to serve the New Forest church as chair of LEAF.  It has been an encouragement to meet other church leaders, and some of their key people, and, to gain insights into what God is doing in a wider area than the community in which I’m primarily called to serve.  Thank you to all those who have been a tremendous support throughout my spell as LEAF chair.  Over my time in the role I have seen church leaders come, and church leaders go, which means the landscape is forever changing, but the overall trend seems to be for an increasing joint ownership of the mandate to be a united church across the region, which is a great encouragement.  I’m also grateful to God that Alison John has taken on the mantle, as I see in her someone who is passionate to see LEAF continue on this exciting path.  I wish her God’s blessing, wisdom and strength as leads us in the future.  I’m personally still committed to the vision, and will hope to support her in the way that she has supported me in the past."


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