Pastor Phillips Koh
Phillips was born and bred in the state of Kelantan on the East Coast. He embarked on an earnest search for the true and living God during his secondary school days. After completing Form 5 in Kota Bharu, he had the privilege of going over to the United States of America as an exchange student for one year from 1970-1971.
While living with an American foster family, it was their lady housekeeper who shared the gospel with him and also invited him to attend her revival church meeting. Not only he strongly felt God’s presence in this church, but it was also the spiritual turning point in his life. At the point of his conversion, Phillip dedicated his life to serve God. Upon returning from USA, he took up a Diploma course in Electrical Engineering in UTM from 1971-1974. He worked for JKR for 8 months before responding to God’s call into fulltime ministry.
In 1975, he began as a fulltime worker with Ampang Gospel Centre, and also went on board the OM ship MV ‘Logos’ for 6 months doing mission work in East Asian countries. It was on the ‘Logos’ that Phillip met his future wife, Hannah, who is from Japan. They got married in 1976 and are the parents of 2 adult sons, Simeon and Caleb.
While waiting to go to a Bible College, Phillip became the interim pastor of Agape Presbyterian Church in Johor for one year from 1977-1978. They then proceeded to the United Kingdom to attend the London Bible College from 1978-1981. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in theology. As Phillip was keen on teaching, he enrolled in the University of London (King’s College) to read for a Master of Theology degree in New Testament Studies from 1981-1982. This post-graduate degree enabled him to lecture part-time in the local Bible seminaries in Malaysia.
Upon returning to Malaysia, he served in Asia Evangelistic Fellowship as an itinerant preacher and evangelist. He then became the first pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church (EEFC) from 1985 until 2006. In between these years, God graciously opened the door for Phillip to pursue a Ph.D in Education in Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, USA. While serving in EEFC, in 1983, God sovereignly used Phillip and his wife Hannah to plant a Japanese church together with a few founding expatriate Japanese families.
This Japanese church still holds weekly Sunday worship services in the borrowed premises of Petaling Jaya Gospel Hall along Jalan Gasing until now. Subsequently he was approached by the then First Baptist Church to become the senior pastor from 2006-2009. In 2010, he served as a chaplain and teacher trainer in Fairview International School in Wangsa Maju, KL, while pastoring People’s Park Baptist Church (PPBC). In 2013, he moved out of Fairview to become a full time pastor in PPBC. Phillips rejoined Pantai Baptist Church as the lead pastor on October 1, 2015. As for his personal interests, he enjoys reading books on theology, philosophy and education.