Phil Gifford serves Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware churches as a church-strengthening strategist serving in the areas of worship and music. He is also the church planter/pastor of Connecting Church in Bel Air, Md.

Phil works with churches that want assistance in evaluating and resourcing their worship ministries. He has a desire to, “mentor worship leaders, connect and resource leaders, and help pastors across our convention build not just music programs, but worshipping congregations who will reproduce leaders to serve contextually in the various styles of our diverse and growing network.”

Prior to church planting, Phil served as pastor for Towne Baptist Church in Bel Air and as a pastor of worship in churches in Yorktown, Va., and Johnstown, Pa. These churches provided different styles of worship, granting Phil experience with contemporary, traditional and blended worship, as well as experience with multiple services, a weekly television ministry, and a large choir/orchestra ministry.

While earning his undergraduate degree from Liberty University, Phil served on the Sounds of Liberty musical worship team. As part of the university’s Worship Collective, Sounds of Liberty performs nearly 100 concerts annually, ministering in some of America’s largest churches and organizational events.

“This allowed me to be involved in worship at churches of every style and size throughout my three years on this team,” Phil said, explaining the experience ultimately led him to serve as a full-time worship pastor.

Phil is married to Pam, and they have three children, Caelyn, Jackson, and Hannah.

He’s available to consult with church pastors, and leaders regarding their music and worship ministries.