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Sonja Phillips

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The Rev. Sonja M. Phillips began as Co-Pastor of Friedens Church on January 1, 2015. She shares the pastoral leadership of the church with her husband, Rev. Dave Phillips. Sonja comes to Friedens from Vero Beach, Florida. She is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. 

Sonja is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College, and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (VA) where she received an award for excellence in pastoral care leadership. Sonja has served churches in Virginia and Florida in a variety of ministerial roles, and as a chaplain for a large Episcopal-Presbyterian retirement community. Sonja has also worked as a medical and community social worker. Her mission experience has taken her to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Mexico. Sonja has also served on interfaith and community task forces.

Sonja enjoys spending time with husband, Dave and teenage son, Tyler and their rescue dog, Cashew. She also enjoys walking and reading.

"I am excited about the future here at Friedens Church; a place where we will embrace the heritage while looking to the future in our service to God."