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The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised.
- Luke 4:18 NKJV

Reverend Demetrese D. Phillips accepted “the call” to preach the good news of Jesus Christ in 1996.  His first sermon was entitled “About My Father’s Business” taken from Luke 2:49.  Rev. Phillips was ordained an Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1999 and an Itinerant

Elder in 2001.  Since his call, Reverend Phillips has pastored numerous Methodist churches including the following: 1997-1999 Lewis Chapel (Buckatunna, MS); 1999 2000 Allen Chapel (Meridian MS); and 2000-2005 Ebenezer (Yazoo County).

 In 2005, Reverend Phillips was assigned to Mary Springhill A.M.E. Church in Shreveport, LA.  He was stationed there for 13 years. 

On March 18, 2018, Reverend Phillips was appointed to the Greater Allen Chapel AME Church, Baton Rouge, LA.

Reverend Phillips received an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Education from Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS; a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas; and a Master of Divinity Degree from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. Reverend Phillips will graduate in December 2018 from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with the Doctor of Ministry degree.