Phil Camden lives with his wife Lenore in Redhead Beach, Newcastle, Australia.
He is 56 years old and is renowned for ministering the Word of God in a way that is God-breathed and relevant.
He has dedicated much of his life, including 30+ years as a Church pastor, to establishing and strengthening the local Church so that it can become all that God intended.
As a boy
Phil grew up in Pennant Hills, Sydney. His was a dysfunctional household, and he was surrounded by alcoholism, gambling and domestic violence from a young age. At the age of eight, the family across the road invited him to Church. From then, his life was turned around for the better and he hasn’t looked back.
Falling in love
Phil met his wife Lenore at the age of 13. She was the Pastor’s daughter at the church he and his family attended. Phil & Lenore married in 1979 when Phil was just 19 years old. They remain each other’s best friend.
There is nothing more important to Phil than his family. His grown daughters are both married and live near to him. His grandson Lucas was born to in November 2014 and has brought the entire family much joy.
Building the Church
Phil worked in Sydney as a Manager of Coles-Myer until 1984, when he attended full-time Bible College and moved to Melbourne to become a Youth Pastor.
In 1990, Phil and his young family pioneered Burwood Christian Life Centre, now Edge Melbourne. Phil and Lenore were Senior Pastors of Coastlife Christian Church on the Sunshine Coast (1995 – 2000), and Executive Pastors at Life church, New Zealand (2000 – 2007). Most recently, they pastored a thriving and fast-growing Church in Newcastle. Phil has also served the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) in New South Wales as an executive member and leading the Hunter and New England region of the ACC.
Phil has sown into leaders beyond Australian shores, and taken teams to the Congo to speak to Business leaders and University students at an annual Business Integrity and Governance summit in DR Congo.
MND does not have me
In 2013, Phil was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) a terminal illness with an average life expectancy of 27 months. He is well known for saying “I may have MND but MND does not have me.” Phil hopes to inspire others and encourage fellow-sufferers amidst his journey. To date, there are no treatments or known cure for MND.