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Philip Black ’14

Christian Studies

Occupation: Church Planter

Having grown up the son of a pastor, Philip knew Jesus from an early age. Through years of struggling with epilepsy in middle school and early high school, Philip came to know how deeply Jesus was not just his Savior and Lord for salvation, but the Savior and Lord of his suffering. God planted a desire in his heart and a vision for church planting through this suffering while still in high school. With this conviction, Philip attended North Greenville University from 2010-2014, graduating with a degree in Christian studies. He later earned his Master of Divinity and worked as a student director and guest services director for The Summit Church in Raleigh, NC.

Philip met his wife, Emily, at Summit. Together, they began praying toward where they would church plant and with whom they would plant. Toward the end of 2019, God laid Charleston, SC, on their hearts. They began the process of planting Harbor City Church in Charleston in early 2021.

Christ makes the difference at NGU and continues to grow its legacy of pastors worldwide. Philip is another example of how God uses NGU to reach the world with the truth of the Gospel.

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