Pastor Paul Phillips
Pastor Paul is married to Cathy for over 37 years as of 2020. They have three adult children and two wonderful grandchildren. Paul has been involved with Wexford Christian Community Church for over 21 years now. He has served in Youth Ministry, which involved overseas mission and co-leading, with his wife Cathy, to Christian Summer Camps.
He was also involved in Worship Leading over many years and still serves on the Worship Team. Paul has also been involved in prayer ministry with Cathy for many years. His background is in Social Work in which he holds a Masters Degree (MSW) through University College Cork. He is also an ordained minister with the CCI (Formerly named Assemblies of God, Ireland) since 2013 and holds a Distinction in Masters of Theology Degree through the University of Wales, Bangor.
Paul has been pastoring for many years and is Lead Pastor of WxCCC. He retired from Social Work in 2012 to be a full-time Pastor. He leads weekly Bible Studies, Prayer meetings and teaches regularly from the Word of God at Sunday Services. He is also on the leadership of Feed Wexford Food Bank, which is part of the work of WxCCC. Paul’s desire is to see the church members continue to grow in relationship with each other and in the Word of God, and to not compromise the truth of the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is also his hope that those who come to WxCCC will want to become an active part of the church family and its vision.
Pastor Cathy Phillips
Cathy is married to Paul and between them they have 3 fantastic adult children and 2 wonderful grandchildren aged 16 and 10 years. Cathy has been involved with Wexford Christian Community Church for over 21 years with Paul. She has served in Youth Ministry and regularly leads the Youth Group of WxCCC. She has been on mission with a Youth Team in the past and also to Christian Summer Camps.
Cathy works full-time as a Money Advisor with MABS. She holds a Diploma in Youth Work and First Line Management through the National College of Ireland. She also holds a Diploma in Accredited Money Advice through the University of Ulster. Cathy has also founded and regularly teaches at the Women’s Conference meetings with the support of other ladies. This runs now on a monthly basis with the emphasis on ministering to women and to see them grow in their giftings.
Cathy also teaches at Sunday Services on a regular basis and leads the Sunday School teachers and curriculum development. She has been Worship Leader for many years and continues to focus upon Christ centred worship. Cathy is on the pastoral leadership of WxCCC and brings strengths that are invaluable. She has been a pastor for many years and has a heart for those who are discouraged and broken. Cathy is also on the leadership of Feed Wexford Food Bank, which is part of the work of WxCCC. She is actively involved in liaising with outside organisations responsible for food collection and delivery. Her desire is to see people walk in their giftings and to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ shared to win souls for the kingdom of God.
John is married to Nicola since 1998 and is grateful for her patience and support. They have lived in Wexford for nearly 20 years moving from Dublin; they have attended WxCCC since its days in St Peters Square. John has been on church leadership for several years regularly bringing teachings on Sundays.
He has in the past been involved with marriage ministry and youth ministry and is happy to help wherever is needed. John has a desire to see men step into their Biblical calling and be the men they were created to be, and hence is involved with men’s ministry regularly hosting men’s breakfasts, giving men an opportunity to meet to study God’s Word and enjoy fellowship… and of course a good fry.
John is also on the leadership of the Feed Wexford Food Bank. He is also the health and safety officer for the church. John has had wide and varied careers and educational experiences, but feels the lessons learnt in the university of life has best prepared him for service in the body of Christ. John’s greatest desire is that all men would come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4), and his personal passage of scripture is from Colossians 1 verses 13 to 27.
Michael Smith MBE
Michael was born in the UK to Jamaican parents; he was later baptised into the Christian faith in the 1960’s at just 9 years old. Michael later had a short spell out of the faith but returned to the Lord in 1981. In 1985 he married his sweetheart Angela and together they had 5 children, 4 of whom are still alive; they also now have one granddaughter. Originally from a business background in sales, marketing and property in the UK, he went on to join the Police Service in 1993.
Whilst serving in the police he continued his business ventures with his wife, one of which was an online shop selling Jewish religious products. In 2007 he followed a calling from the Lord to form the anti knife and gun crime charity Word 4 Weapons, which he again ran in partnership with Angela. It was for his services to the community whilst running the charity that he received his MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.
After taking early retirement from a stressful career in the Police Service in 2015, Michael and Angela moved to Ireland, where they joined Wexford Christian Community Church. Michael now serves on the Leadership Team overseeing the Maintenance Department plus the Greeters and Ushers. Both Michael and Angela are thoroughly enjoying the warm hospitality of the Irish.
You are very welcome to Wexford Christian Community Church. Wexford church has been my home church for the past 25 years and we are very much a family who welcome new people with open arms. I am currently on the worship team and work as the administrator for the church. I also work in Tiglin which is a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. My heart’s desire is to see lives changed by the love of Christ.
Favourite Scripture – Nehemiah 8:10. The Joy of the Lord is my strength. God doesn’t promise us a happy life but promises us joy in every situation. In every trial, the joy of the Lord strengthens us and reminds us that no matter how bad our circumstances are, He is working in the background bringing all things to the glory of God.