Vine pastor, (young adult ministry),
Shepherd of the Hills Church,
Porter Ranch, California
When I think of Phil Allen, I think of the word powerful. There is a special rhythm, dynamic, and power in the way he speaks. It’s very captivating, especially among twentysomethings and thirtysomethings. It’s because of his giftedness to speak to this generation, as well as his unwavering commitment to the truth, that I am convinced he will be a key influencer in ministry in Christian churches in the coming year.
Phil possesses a calling from the Lord to communicate with passion and conviction. In his preaching, he invites every listener to repentance, much as Jesus and John the Baptist did. I think he has a little of both of them in him. And this message of repentance is desperately needed in today’s culture.
Phil’s core beliefs are mentorship and discipleship, and they’re two important pillars of his ministry in working with college-aged people. I’ve seen how he lives out 2 Timothy 2:2 on a daily basis. Each year, he takes hundreds of young adults from our church on a retreat to disciple and mentor them, and to teach them to do the same. A lot of people talk about discipleship, but Phil does it—in large numbers.
I believe God has uniquely positioned Phil and his wife, Nikko, to fill one of the voids in the Christian church by encouraging and fostering diversity wherever they go. It’s evident God has a special anointing upon both of them. I am confident God will use this dynamic duo (Phil as a powerful preacher and Nikko as an amazing worship leader) to pastor a great church and transform this generation.
—Dudley Rutherford, senior pastor, Shepherd of the Hills Church, Porter Ranch, California