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Missions Focus:

  • Leaders in the XZ Berlin Community.
  • Ministry to women caught in sex-trafficking.
  • Run internships and for-credit university programs.
  • Liasons to Russia and consultants to the Middle East.

Meet Kelley & Rhonda Philips

Kelley and Rhonda are the highly respected veterans of the 3W team.  The Philips began their ministry in northeast Florida in 1981, working in the field of youth ministry. Kelley, a commercial pilot, made a career change in 1990 by accepting a full-time position as youth pastor at West Park Street Church of God in Jacksonville, Florida, and received his ordination in 1993.

Kelley made his first trip to Russia in 1991 with a group led by Josh McDowell. That same year, the Florida Youth Fellowship responded to an opportunity to begin an exchange program with students from Chelyabinsk, a city of 1.5 million people located in the Southern Ural region of Russia. The exchange program was a tremendous success and generated a need for a career missionary family to develop a church in Chelyabinsk. Kelley and Rhonda began working in Chelyabinsk in October 1993 with their two children, Lee and Lindsay. They served in Chelyabinsk for eight years. Today, there is a vibrant, growing church in that city.

Kelley and Rhonda—who now have four children: Lee, Lindsay, Natasha, and Christian—accepted the role as regional coordinators for the Church of God in Europe, the Middle East, and the FSU (former Soviet Union) in July 2002 and moved to Berlin, Germany.

In July of 2010, became leaders in the innovative XZ Berlin Community in Germany’s Capital city.  They also serve as 3W's liaisons to Russia.  The Philips run the internship programs, and Rhonda works with women caught in sex-trafficking.  They also serve as consultants in all of 3W's Middle East work.