Bishop R. Guy Erwin is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. James F. Phillips II as Coordinator for African Descent Ministries for the Southwest California Synod. Pastor Phillips, who also serves Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Inglewood, joined the synod staff in February. He will advise and assist the bishop with the synod’s African Descent strategy, serve as a convener of African Descent pastors and congregations, and will coordinate his work with the synod’s Director of Evangelical Mission and the African Descent desk of the ELCA Churchwide organization. He will also support the work of the African Descent Lutheran Association, Los Angeles Chapter.
Pastor Phillips has served congregations in three other synods - Sierra Pacific, Metro Chicago, and Metro Washington DC - before joining our synod to serve at Holy Trinity. In the Metro Washington DC Synod he was on the board of the Racial Equity Team, and he has deep experience with the challenges of racial diversity in the ELCA. H also served as a featured preacher at the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans.
Rev. Phillips was educated at Kent State University in Ohio, the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Hong Kong Lutheran Theological Seminary. He is married to Wanda Rosado-Martinez and has two adult sons, James and Antonio, who is currently a student at California Lutheran University.
Pastor Phillips’s appointment is part-time; he will maintain an office at The Lutheran Center, but will do most of his work out among the synod’s congregations. He is a valuable resource to all our congregations on the subject of racial equity and diversity in the life of the church. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through
Holy Trinity in Inglewood