Deacon Al Phillips will speak during the Shady Grove Youth Day observance on Sunday, April 13, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The church youth will carry out the worship duties serving as Sunday School teachers, conducting the pulpit service, and fulfilling other Sunday church service responsibilities.
Phillips has served and evangelized through his work as a former police officer and narcotics agent, medical technician, and continues to be a personal fitness trainer, instructor, and bodybuilder. He has also served the community as a volunteer at Iron City Ministries in Blacksburg, Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, and as a mentor for elementary and middle school students. He is employed with Broad River Electric Coop and is the owner and operator of Total Definitions Health and Fitness Center in Blacksburg. He attended Anderson College (University), and served as a decorated United States Marine during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.
Phillips is married to the former Hyacinth L. Jones and they have two daughters, Skyla Grace and Jaila Brianna Phillips. Al is the son of the late Albert Goodman and Shirley Goodman.