David and Ros Phillips: handing on the baton
FamilyVoice Governing Board Chairman Dr Stuart Robinson announced today that FamilyVoice National Director, Dr David Phillips, will retire in December when Ashley Saunders takes over the national director’s role.
“David and his wife Roslyn have led FamilyVoice, previously known as Festival of Light, for over 40 years,” Dr Robinson said. “Under their guidance during the past 14 years in particular, the South Australian branch has grown into today’s national organisation with active branches in all states supported by a strong national office team in Adelaide.”
“In 2002 God gave me a vision for rebuilding what is now FamilyVoice into an Australia-wide Christian ministry for family, faith and freedom,” Dr Phillips said. “By His grace, that vision has now been fulfilled. But every leader needs to hand on the baton – and for Ros and me, that time has come. We believe that God has given Ashley Saunders the gifts he will need to lead FamilyVoice into the future.
“Ashley is married to Lindsay and they have four children. He has uniquely relevant experience in law, politics and Christian ministry. He began his career as a solicitor and partner in a law firm, later serving as an alderman in local government and on the NSW State Executive of one of the major political parties. After training for the Christian ministry he has served as senior pastor in two Baptist churches. He comes to this ministry with a sense of God’s calling to be a Christian voice promoting true family values in society.”
Dr Phillips will retire on Sunday 4 December, the day before Ashley begins. David will be available to offer advice and encouragement during the initial period as Ashley takes up the reins.
“Ros and I hope to be able to spend more time with our family among other things,” Dr Phillips said. “But don’t be surprised if we occasionally express a Christian view on important current issues facing our nation.”
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