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 am married to a wonderful and beautiful woman of God, Elia and we are anticipating our 30th Anniversary in July of 2010 – How time flies! I have four children between the ages of 19 and 28.

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.”

14 thoughts on “About

  1. ecowealth

    Thought I’d visit my first blog, so you’ll be wearing a yellow bow tie next Sunday? Remind us where Yankeerev came from?

  2. In response to D Martin Lloyd-Jones…I just finished cleaning and organizing Pastor Randy’s library while he is in Costa Rica. He’s always talking about DMLJ also and he has a two volume biography on him by Inia H Murray that I was thinking about seeing if I could borrow for a read. I put all of his bio’s on one shelf and titled it “The Dead Guys.” That’s what he calls his bio’s.
    When are we going to see some pictures and comments about the kids? I like you but…Elia and the kids are kinda cool themselves.
    See ya, Linda

  3. Clara

    Hi, Pastor Rod.

    It was nice that mom and I could run into you at Panera.

    Thanks for all of the messages at CV First. I really appreciate all of the spiritual growth that I have experienced through the messages at church.



  4. Was lookin’ through your blog and we have watched a lot of the same gospel preachers and videos. Look forward to filling in for you, and if I can’t this time, I hope you keep me in mind. Jason Jarvis.

  5. Alan Roth

    My name is Alan Roth, and I am a doctoral student at Masters International University of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana. I would like to invite you to participate in a research study I am conducting that will seek to identify Compassion Fatigue in Biblical Counselors and ascertain the mitigating effects, if any of spiritual well-being, religious coping and resilience. Particularly, I am searching for qualified experts in the fields of Christian and Biblical Counseling who have a working knowledge of biblical counseling. If you would like to participate in this voluntary survey, please click, and answer prayerfully. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8FG33XQ

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