Phil counts it a privilege to have a rich heritage of parents
and grandparents who were missionaries in West Africa for a combined
When Phil was 8 years old he accepted Jesus as his personal savior during a spiritual life conference at International Christian Academy, a boarding school for missionary children in Cote dIvoire.
Phil spent 15 years growing up in West Africa, 9 of those
years in Cote dIvoire. Phil earned a B.S. degree in Construction
Management from John Brown University in 1989. Phil then returned
Believing that God was calling him back to Africa as a missionary,
Phil attended Moody Bible Institute for a semester before joining
SIM International (Serving In Missions) . During Phil's first
term in Niger, West Africa, Phil served as the Construction and
There he met and later married Shannon Dent, the 5th 6th grade
Nigers capital city. Phil's desire is to be obedient to God's calling in sharing the story of Jesus Christ in French speaking West Africa. He will be working with the Gourma church leaders and CSEN orphanage , through discipleship, leadership training and construction.
Shannon was born in California into a Christian home, and
early on learned the importance of having Jesus as her personal
savior. At the age of five, in her Sunday school class, she asked
Jesus to come into
After Shannon graduated from high school, she attended BIOLA
Family friends presented the opportunity to her after their return from a short-term missions trip to Nigeria. When they arrived home they told her of an SIM boarding school in Nigeria that needed teachers.
After applying with SIM for a short-term assignment Shannon traveled to Nigeria for her first teaching experience. This first year of teaching in Nigeria, turned into 4 more. When Shannon returned to the US she was uncertain as to where God would lead her next. During her furlough she was asked by SIM to take a 6 month teaching position at Sahel Academy in Niger, West Africa. The Lord made it clear to her that this was the direction to go. Within a month, her support was raised and she was on her way.