Phil Needham is an author, scholar, lecturer, traveler, father and grandfather, and a retired officer in The Salvation Army. He was born in Baltimore, MD, and has lived and/or served in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Brazil, Chile, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Australia. He holds Master’s of Divinity and Master’s of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Phil spent 38 years as an officer in The Salvation Army, serving as a pastor, teacher, and leader at the highest ranks of the organization. He served as a Dean and later as Principal of the Evangeline Booth Training College, and as Principal of the International College for Officers. His stateside appointments included Divisional Commander for the Georgia Division, and Chief Secretary for the Western Territory, which includes the Western states, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Micronesia. Phil’s service with The Salvation Army culminated with the post of territorial commander for the Southern Territory USA, which includes Washington, D.C.
Phil has worked extensively with church consultant and strategist Dr. Kennon L. Callahan, and although he officially retired from The Salvation Army in 2006, he remains involved in the organization.