Thank You, Steve Phillips! Top Shelf.

Every now and then we find folks that are really good at what they do. They may not be the President of The United States, or have put an American flag on the moon, or be the winner of a Nobel Prize, but they have mastered their profession in an extraordinary fashion. Steve Phillips, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church-Columbia, SC, is absolutely the best at his craft.

This past Sunday morning, Steve and Pam Phillips celebrated their 25th year at First Baptist, Columbia. When the couple was called up for a special ceremony, an immediate standing ovation ensued. The applause was awesome, and even had a few deafening ‘swells’ before everyone finally let the program proceed. Side note: I’m sure many of my friends would be stunned that Baptists could yell like that. Haha.

Admittedly, my hands were over my head. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve done that. The guy deserves it.

I don’t know much about music, but I do know when people are moved and inspired. The FBC choir, led by Phillips, often blows the congregation’s hair back and often moves people to tears. While FBC is on statewide TV every Sunday morning, I can tell you with full authority that TV doesn’t do Phillip’s music program justice.

Last week a Columbia publication announced “The 50 Most Influential People,” or something to that effect. As I was sitting in the pew Sunday morning I couldn’t help but ponder that perhaps Steve Phillips should be on the list. After all, via the members of his choir/orchestra, the man influences thousands every week, without having to say a single word. #Strong

While I’m aware this post may raise a few eyebrows, as in, “Where is this real estate dude going with this?” Here’s where… I’ve attended FBC on and off since I was a freshman in college (my grandparents have been members for decades). That said, I’m so impressed with Steve Phillips and what he does week in/week out, I feel as though I can at least type a few words of admiration and gratitude. The man deserves it.

Thank you!



  1. Great post, Franklin. The Phillips are neighbors of ours. I don’t know them well but Pam was the music teacher at the preschool my son went to. She is a wonderful person with a heart of gold. Our family still sings Christmas songs she taught my son years ago.

    Thank you for sharing this post.

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