Dr. Philip T. Howard

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Dr. Philip T. Howard
Professor of Ministry and Leadership phoward@tfc.edu


  • Ph.D. – Trinity International University
  • M.A. – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.S. – Gordon College


  • The Governor’s Teaching Fellow (2001)
  • TFC Faculty of the Year (2003)
  • Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award (2010)
  • Wade Distinguished Scholars Award (2019)
  • Spiritual Formation – Freshman and Senior level
  • Ministry leadership Courses
Publications & Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Leader Care

Scholarly Work and Publications:

  • Howard, Phil and Steve Woodworth. “The Apostle Paul: Educator of the Early Church,” In Historical and Theological Foundations of Religious Educators, edited by Elmer L. Towns and Benjamin K. Forrest, Lynchburg, VA: LU Press. 2014
  • “The Art of Professorial Renewal” Faculty Development Workshop The Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. (Offered two times per year) 2010-2018
  • “Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles.” A Review Article in, Biblical Higher Education Journal. Vol. VIII Winter 2013
Professional Associations

Ordained in the Christian and Missionary Alliance

Hobbies & Fun Facts

When I’m away from the classroom, I enjoy:

  • Riding my motorcycle
  • Being on the beach (with palm trees)
  • Being with Kathy (my wife)

People might be interested to know:

  • I’m a certified scuba diver
Favorite Verse/Quote

“It is a sacred privilege and an awesome responsibility to be an educator… Education, at its best, molds the very ‘being’ of people- both who they become and how they live in the world. It is ontological. To be an educator is to stand on holy ground.” -Thomas Groome


Serving emerging adults; how can it get any better? I love being an educator. Serving as an educator at TFC offers the opportunity to relate with students in and out of the classroom, to participate in their formation as whole persons, to guide them to think well theologically and critically, to help them learn how to ask good questions, and to encourage them toward greater self-awareness.