It wasn’t long after Phillip Porcheron was saved that he felt God calling him to missions. Not knowing where or how God would use him, Phillip began serving faithfully in his church, taking whatever opportunity he could to learn and grow in his faith. He served as a musician, home group leader, deacon and later, as a lay pastor. He also attended Bible college and worked with Teen Challenge as a counsellor and coordinator.
In 2007, some 25 years after he first felt the call to full-time missions, Phillip moved to the island of Samar in the Philippines. After working initially with pastors he’d established relationships with during previous short-term trips, Phillip began forging new paths. Since 2017, he’s ministered in Catarman City, northern Samar, a very underdeveloped region where people lead very basic lives.
Here Phillip works in partnership with the Filipino AOG to run a Bible college program, through ICI College, for potential pastors who will one day plant churches in the area. “It is difficult to get graduates from Bible colleges outside of the area to volunteer to be pastors in northern Samar, as conditions here are difficult for pioneering, [so] the best option for securing long-term pastoral leadership is to raise up local church members who demonstrate a potential for leadership,” he says.
Phillip also ministers in existing churches in his area and is heavily involved with getting any new church plants off the ground; often providing initial ministry and administrative support. With the help of teams from Australia and local churches, he also runs evangelistic campaigns in Samar to help lay the groundwork for future churches. In fact, in June 2019 during one of these campaigns, he and the visiting team from Australia saw more than 1,000 people give their life to Christ, with many also receiving prayer and experiencing miraculous healings.
“[We then] follow up those who make a commitment to Christ at the crusades, develop Bible study groups with these converts and eventually form these groups into house churches,” Phillip says. “Once the churches are established, then larger facilities can be rented for holding services and allowing for growth. At that point, the churches will be registered with the [Filipino AOG] … and administered under the local district leader.”
In 2020, Phillip will continue to train and develop leaders and assist with church plants; he also plans to start a Bible study in his home. “Eventually, I hope to develop this into a house church and raise up a local leader to become the pioneer pastor of the church,” Phillip says.