Elder and Preaching PastorPhil grew up in the Philippines as a missionary kid. He met Heather during their college years, and they were married in 2003. They have six children. After completing a B.A. in Secondary Education, Phil helped open a Christian high school in northern NV. During that season he completed an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, served as a youth pastor, and worked with Heather to minister to pregnant teens. His desire to preach the Gospel and make disciples was affirmed by the church, and the Garwood family moved to Portland so Phil could pursue the pastorate. Part of Phil’s studies included the completion of the pastoral residency program at Hinson Baptist. After receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary Phil took the call to serve Grace Bible Church. Phil loves to spend time with people, especially his family, explore new territory, and think biblically about life.