Hello, my given name is Roderick Alan Linden Phillips, but most people call me Rod – I’m the one on the left! (and yes, that picture was many moons ago!)
I live in Hayward, California and am in my seventh year as a Church Planter at Gateway Bible Church in Castro Valley, California.
I am called as a Pastor/Teacher and have given my all through the years to be faithful to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, the shepherding of God’s people and leading of God’s flock through His Word toward greater growth in Christlikeness and effectiveness in using their spiritual gifts for the building of God’s Kingdom.
I am committed to…
- Glorifying God as a worshipper
- Serving Christ as a believer
- Exercising my gifts as a Pastor/Teacher
- Helping others as a neighbor/counselor
- Loving my wife as a husband
- Shaping my children as a father
I also emphasize…
- A Reformed Soteriology
- Expository Preaching/Teaching
- Biblical Counseling
- Progressive Sanctification
- The Church being God’s church
Recently I earned my Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary. It was a long and very rewarding journey, but one that I am truly thankful for. My dissertation question was, What is the preaching philosophy and practice among lead pastors in the East Bay region of Californi. It was a great and insightful study that helped me see the great ways pastors can and must grow in their preaching.
Still, although you might be tempted to call me Doctore, my favorite titles are Husband, Father, Pastor & Friend. I hope that one day as people look back on my life that they can say…
“He was a faithful expositor of God’s Word who smelled like sheep.”