About Intern Pastor Kobi Phillipps
Kobi Phillipps was among those who helped start New Hope Lutheran Church. He was one of the first who were selected to serve on our Church Council and served as Vice President. He also assisted Pastor Emory with New Hope’s Nursing Home ministry and special services.
Kobi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1982. He worked as a Correctional Counselor and Caseworker with Minnesota Correctional Facilities from 1985 until his retirement in September 2015.
Kobi has had a call for the ministry ever since he was a youth. In the Fall of 2013 he entered the Master’s Institute Theological Seminary in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and began part-time class work towards a Master of Divinity degree. The Master’s Institute is an independent Lutheran Seminary that was started by Rev. Paul Anderson who led our first service at New Hope in the Siren High School Auditorium. The Master’s Institute is the seminary from which Pastor Nate Johnstone graduated.
Since starting seminary Kobi has done pulpit supply interim work at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Luck, preached here at New Hope, was certified as a PREPARE & ENRICH Marriage Counselor and served as a Divorce Care Facilitator through Eagle Brook Church in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. He led a weekly support group for men and women going through divorce, both at various locations in the cities and also here at the Wake Up Call Coffee Shop in Grantsburg.
From 1993 through 2010 Kobi served as a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts and as a Coach with our Grantsburg Elementary School, Middle School and High School baseball and football teams. From 2011 to 2013 he served as an Adult Mentor for adolescent boys in the Christian Outdoor Club. .
He works under Pastor Emory, as his internship supervisor, and serves in every area of pastoral ministry. A couple areas of focus are in youth ministry and in a divorce and marriage support groups.