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Phil Kizzee became the Executive Pastor of Operations at Chicago First in 2014. He was raised in Lakewood, OH, a suburb of Cleveland. Pastor Phil married Brenda in 1983. They have two adult sons, Andy (wife Susan) and Austin (wife Elizabeth). Phil and Brenda have one grandchild, Marion.
Pastor Phil has a BA in Christian Education & Church Music from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He pastored on staff in Mundelein, IL and Beavercreek, OH in his early years of ministry. He then served at Chicago First from 1992-1994. That was followed by 20 years at Northwest Church in Columbus, OH. Over the years, Phil has served in roles including Worship Ministries, Administration, Education/Discipleship and general Pastoral Ministry.
When asked about his hobbies, Phil said, “I don’t have an all-consuming hobby, but I enjoy exercise, long walks and drives with Brenda, golf, camping, waxing/cleaning cars, dinner at a nice or unique restaurant. I love the fall season… the freshness of the air, the colors and football! I love watching football – from young kids to Friday night high school to college, especially the Buckeyes. I am a life-long Cleveland Browns fan… so I empathize with Cubs fans!”
About his ministry at Chicago First, Pastor Phil says, “It is my prayer and hope that my ministry here @ C1 is one that equips and enables ministry to happen freely, efficiently and effectively.”