As a 30-year veteran of Young Life (12 years as a volunteer, 18 on full-time staff), and 5 years volunteering as a youth group leader for my former church in Oklahoma (Redeemer Covenant Church), I’ve spent over half my life walking alongside young adults. And I loved every minute of it.

Throughout my time spent with young people, watching them go through challenges I never had to face when I was their age, many of whom had little to no understanding who Jesus was or what he was really like, a longing kept tugging at my heart to write a daily devotional that could be used in a small group or one-on-one setting; one that would make Jesus relevant and real to someone who rarely, if ever, stepped foot in a church to hear about him. 

Then the unthinkable happened the world came to a screeching halt. With the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020 came new-found time on my hands, and in the paraphrased words of King David in Psalm 37:4, I realized the lockdown was a blessing, and through it God gave me the desire of my heart. I was able to complete a 31-day devotional entitled “Getting to Know Jesus,” geared toward young adults who may be exploring who Jesus is and what it means to trust in him. Currently, it is being used as a relational outreach tool by volunteers of an international organization ministering to incarcerated youth.

“Getting to Know Jesus” is intended to be the first in a series called, “Where Do I Begin?”  God willing, there will be more to come.


A former Tulsan, I’ve called Colorado Springs home since 2007. I love hiking 14ers, but am no technical climber. Hobbies include hiking, camping, vegetable gardening, and writing. Sadly, I used to include tennis and soccer on that list. But my knees are begging me to take up pickleball!

Birthday: September 11

Birthplace: Tulsa, OK

Current Residence: Colorado Springs, CO

College: Oklahoma State

High School: Holland Hall

Relationship Status: Married to an amazing woman!

Political Views: Fiscally Conservative, Socially Responsible, Politically Skeptical.

Religious Views: I find wisdom in many, but my trust is in Jesus alone.

Favorite Music: Southern Rock, Blue Grass, Rocked-Out Old Hymns

Movies that Make Me Cry Every Time I Watch Them:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life (one day, sooner or later, God will show us whose lives we’ve touched in a positive way)
  • Gladiator (a man’s man, dying for a righteous cause)
  • Paddington 1 (and Paddington 2) (seriously, you need to watch these movies)
  • Babe (a farmer sticks to his guns, when no one believes in him, and in the end astonishes everyone)
  • Elf (in spite of being surrounded by doubters, an elf restores hope to the world . . . well, at least New York City)
  • Homeward Bound (I loved showing this movie on overnight bus trips to unsuspecting teens . . . I would flip the interior lights on at the most heartwarming moment in the movie, and the toughest kids on the bus were wiping tears from their eyes)

Favorite Books: Disappointment with God, Into Thin Air, When You Can’t Come Back, Lindbergh, The Fourth Turning, Messy Spirituality, The Hiding Place, The Chronicles of Narnia, Rainbow Six.

Favorite Quote: “There are two ways to get enough: One is to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” – G.K. Chesterton

Career: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rbrianphillips/