Philip McVay

Philip is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has pastored churches for over 40 years in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. He has a Masters of Divinity Degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University and a Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.

As a former District Superintendent (from 2009-2014), he had the opportunity to learn from SLI founders and coaches Greg Survant and Craig Robertson about the SLI process of learning, leading, and loving together with the Bishop and extended cabinet. Since that initial SLI team, he has formed numerous teams which have incorporated the SLI principles with great results.

Philip has been serving as the Lead Pastor of Shalimar United Methodist Church, a large church of 2900 members, since 2014. He’s passion is discipleship making and raising up new leaders and ministries through the development of teams. He likes to think big and out of the box in his role as Lead Pastor.

Philip has been married to his wife Karen for over 35 years and they have three grown daughters Mallory (Brian), Brooke (Matt) and Haley along with one grandson Luke. He is a sports enthusiast and avid runner having completed 28 marathons.

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Some of my projects

I have been utilizing the SLI process in my own ministry area through the development of what we call 12×12 teams: 12 persons committing for 12 months to grow as disciples and leaders who begin their own teams. I noticed that leaders and discipleship making was happening in pockets and they lacked fruit. Now, as a team we make disciples who make disciples. This process is exciting and I love to share the concepts with all who will listen!

Young Clergy District Team

This team was composed of 12 young clergy who met for 1 year. Before this team was initiated there were only a handful of pastors in a covenant group. Our team members developed their own covenant groups and the result was over 40 clergy persons participating in covenant together.

District Lay Team

Laity in the district with 103 churches were scattered from one another. A group of 12 lay leaders began meeting and pulled together some of the gifted laity into one team. The result of the team led to better work together in the district and the beginnings of a vision of over 100 churches working together instead of as silos.

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

In 2016, along-side SLI coach Greg Survant, I worked with the cabinet of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and helped them form a ministry action plan for navigating into the future in these most challenging times. We also focused on large church pastors who eventually created their own ministry action plans.