Hi I am Phil Shepherd aka the “Whiskey Preacher.” Whis – key Preach – er (noun) an outlaw preacher who unashamedly loves his curvaceous wife, preaches a restoration theology (we are made a good creation), cusses, smokes, and partakes in various different kinds of whiskey.
I’m a native of Anchorage, Alaska, who has lived from that extreme corner of the continent to the other extreme corner – Florida. In between these extremes, I’ve resided in Vancouver, B.C., Minneapolis, Minnesota, and most recently in Fort Worth, Texas, where my beautiful wife Stephanie (who is my co-pastor) and I planted The Eucatastrophe in the fall of 07.
What all you should know about Phil…This is a loaded question and I don’t always posses the proper barometer in how much people really want to know when they ask this question about me. However, since you are here checking out my profile I figure that we might as well get acquainted a little with each other. If you have the desire/inkling/passion/smarts to hire me to come to teach/speak/consult/mess with your faith community I am your man!
Phil is a proud husband, mourning son, stubborn brother, uncle to teenagers, co-pastor/church planter/communal architect of the Eucastrophe, Alaskan Grown, Texan transplant, restoration theologian, queer inclusive, outlaw preacher, friend of emergent, third cousin of Johnny Cash, writer, speaker, consultant, paranormal investigator, hater of human trafficking, foul-mouthed (when appropriate), tattoo lover, cigar smoker, and connoisseur of various whiskies…I am the Whiskey Preacher.
Anchorage, AK Public Schools
BSOE from Wayland Baptist University, Alaska Campus, 1999 (Bachelor Of Science Of Occupational Education in Religion).
M.Div. from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, Waco TX, 2003 (World Missions).
2011: Inhabit Conference, Workshop Leader on Virtual Church, Seattle (WA)
2011: EvoYouth, Master Of Ceremonies/Keynote Speaker, Dallas (TX)
2010: Outlaw Preacher [re]Union, Keynote Speaker, Memphis (TN)
2010: Brite Divinity School at TCU, Guest Lecturer, Fort Worth (TX)
2010: NTA CYF Conference, Keynote Speaker, Athens (TX)
2009-Present: TransFORM Network, Leadership Team, USA.
2009: CYLS (Leadership/Planning Week For The Young Adults), Keynote Speaker, Brownwood (TX).
2008: NEA CYF Conference, Keynote Speaker, Athens (TX).
2007-Present: The Eucatastrophe, Co-Pastor/Communal Architect, Fort Worth (TX).
2006-2007: Solomon’s Porch, Teaching Team, Minneapolis (MN).
2003-2005: Mosaic, Community Pastor, Austin (TX).
2001-2003: Truett Theological Seminary, Spiritual Director, Waco (TX).
2000-2003: UBC, Lay Pastor/Decon, Waco (TX).
2001: Central Baptist Church, Associate Pastor (Intern), Miami (FL).
2001: Passport Camps, Camp Pastor, Daytona Beach (FL).
1998-2000: Christ Community Church, Team Pastor, Anchorage (AK).
1996-1997: Faith Baptist Church, Youth Intern, Anchorage (AK).
Throughout the last 16 years in my journey as a speaker, pastor, lay leader, mentor, and author, I have helped create and facilitate many different experiences via public speaking, spiritual formation mentoring, writing, pastoral counseling, preaching, and alternative worship events in the organizations and communities in which I have been a part. I enjoy the freedom of creating something that has a holistic impact upon people’s lives, deepening and enlivening others’ communion with God.
Love The Creator, Love The Creation, & Embrace Beauty. Amen
W.A. Shepherd (my father), Tracy Simmons (former youth pastor), Johnny Cash, Peter Rollins, Brian McLaren to name a few.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 20 - 600 minutes
Whether it is motivational speaking, church camp/retreat, conference keynoter, workshop leader, graduate/postgraduate lecture, think tank leader, or a consulting gig you will be challenged by me. I have the gift of making people think/rethink about their lives...I help create vision with passion and humor. I usually tell people they can expect the three I from me: Intimate, Intentional, and Intensity.
Past Booked Dates:
09-30-2011 — Emerging Christianty Dallas, TX
09-25-2011 — Outlaw Preachers (re)Union 2011 Nashville, TN
08-19-2011 — Queermergent Gathering Fort Worth, TX
08-13-2011 — Emerging Christianty Mid-Year Gathering Fort Worth, TX
07-10-2011 — Chirsitan Church (Disciples Of Christ) General Assembly Nashville, TN
04-29-2011 — Inhabit Conference Seattle, WA
02-25-2011 — EvoYouth Keynoter Dallas, TX
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