Sonja Phillips


Sonja Phillips

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The Rev. Sonja M. Phillips began her ministry 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 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.

Sonja and Dave have an adult son, Tyler, who lives and works in Washington, DC 

" I am blessed to serve as copastor of such a loving and compassionate church.  Friedens Church has a long history of ministry to the surrounding communities.  It is steeped in tradition while embracing the future.   The location of Friedens Church is very pastoral and peaceful; a true respite from the pressures of daily life.  I believe in equipping and empowering the church to serve in our world today.  Worship and Bible study are essential for a spiritual connection with God and personal wellbeing in our fast paced world.  Because God loves everyone and we are all made in God's image, everyone is welcome at Friedens Church."   Pastor Sonja