Pastor Phil is married to Barbara and they have three children – Abby, Thomas, and Jacob.
Pastor Phil has served as a pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for the past 18 years. He has pastored churches in Virginia and Illinois. His first call was to Bethany Lutheran in Waynesboro, VA, the second oldest Church in the LCMS having been founded in 1772. For nine years, he served as pastor of Lord of Life Church, a vibrant and contemporary church in LaFox, Illinois. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO and has an undergraduate degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. He was born and raised in Illinois, outside of Chicago (Go Cubs).
Pastor Phil has a passion for developing creative ways of using technology in ministry and worship. The past few years he helped Good Shepherd reach out to their community in new ways. Be sure to visit his blog at philressler.com.
In his free time Pastor Phil enjoys playing golf. He took up running in 2012 and completed his first 5k run that year. He is also an avid reader and is always up for new adventures.