Phyllis is a wife, mother, grandmother, and Chapter Coordinator with Virginia Interfaith Power and Light. She grew up in Salem, VA, and graduated in 1974 from Lenoir-Rhyne College with a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Social Work. She completed all but her thesis on a master’s degree in planning from Univ. of TN. After a career that included regional and local planning, managing a chain bookstore, working as Social Worker in a long-term care facility, and as a health educator for a local hospital, she retired in 2020 as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with Rehabilitative Services and Vocational Placement, Inc. She was led by faith to answer God’s call to ministry and began her theological education with Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, part of Lenoir-Rhyne University, in 2018. She graduated in May 2021 with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry. She hopes to soon be ordained as a Minister of Word and Service. Her outside interests include reading and playing with her grandson.