Meet Knox’s New Pastoral Intern

Phil hails from across the pond, claiming both Irish and British citizenship. Before moving to Southern California, he worked as a business consultant for Deloitte and Touche, having completed a Bachelor of Business Administration at Maynooth University. Phil arrived  in Pasadena in September 2017 to begin studying for his M.Div at Fuller Theological Seminary. Since then, he has gone on to work as a project assistant and community coordinator on campus, overseeing and living as a part of an intentional community. He almost always has a smile on his  face, and never turns down the opportunity to get toknow  new and old faces. Phil grew up in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and has found such a welcoming and hospitable community at Knox. Beginning this New Year, he starts the apprenticeship component of his master’s requirements. This will mean a nine-month- long placement comprised of putting all his book smarts into practice. While at Knox, Phil will cover abroad range of activities, but will sit primarily under the Adult Education and Spiritual FormationCommittee. He’ll engage with the young adults ministry, helping prepare for Sunday services, suppor Pastors Matt and Ally in pastoral care, and help organize and lead a connection group. When not rigorously pouring over his textbooks, Phil enjoys quiet nights socializing with colleagues fromthe seminary. He is still on the hunt for a perfect Irish breakfast here in LA, and so continues to feast of the endless delights of Californian cuisine. Recently, Phil has taken to reading more fiction and poetry, finding  great beauty in the likes of Wendell Berry, Marilynne Robinson, Rainer Marie Rilke, and Padraig  O’Tuama. He’s also recently acquired a bike, and has set his eyes on uncovering all the hidden gems tucked away in his home of Pasadena. He feels an immense privilege in serving the community at Knox and welcomes with open arms the opportunity to get into the nitty-gritty of church work and life.







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