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The Reverend Beth Phillips is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, where she grew up on a horse farm. Most of her adult life has been spent working in Aspen, Colorado. Both of Beth's parents are attorneys, so it is no surprise that her first vocation was pursing social justice as a civil rights attorney.

A cradle Episcopalian, Beth grew up in a large Episcopal parish in Missouri and was senior warden of a small congregation in Colorado for many years. After contemplating a call, since the moment in law school in 1992 that she learned women could be ordained in the Episcopal Church, Beth finally went to Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and graduated in 2013. She participated in a scholar exchange at the University of Cambridge in England. Her internship was at Trinity Wall Street in New York City. For the past two years, Beth has served as Assistant Priest at Christ Church, Warwick, NY.

Beth has never been married but through a series of events became the legal guardian a 12-year-old African American Muslim boy when she was just 26 years old. Abdul is now married and has two children. Beth's only sibling, Jonathan, his wife and three children continue to live in Kansas City where her parents reside. Beth herself claimed a Bassador (yes - that is a Basset/Labrador mix) hound, Daisy, as her child! Sadly Daisy passed away in 2016 and Bingo, who looks like a smaller Daisy, is now the Parish pet.

Mother Beth may be contacted at beth@ccpvw.org.

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