Evangelical Pastor Has A New, Thriving Congregation
Adam Phillips went from rising evangelical star to outcast to leader of a new, inclusive church.
Evangelical pastor Adam Phillips moved to Oregon to start Christ Church: Portland in the spring of 2014. Nine months later, the evangelical denomination Phillips worked for kicked him out and pulled two years of funding from the church.
Phillips’s transgression? Advocating for the full inclusion of LGBT Christians in the church.
A new short documentary by The Atlantic traces Phillips’s journey from rising evangelical star to outcast to leader of a new, inclusive congregation. It’s been less than two years since the Evangelical Covenant Church dealt Phillips that blow, and in that time the pastor has built up a thriving church community that doesn’t compromise on its convictions. Watch the video here.