Rod Light | July 23, 2018

A strong, new emphasis on student spiritual formation and transformation will guide the work of our new campus chaplain and a volunteer team of chaplains.

“I want to train, raise up, and send out this generation of pastors and leaders and to help students to discover their divine design to serve Christ and the world,” Phil says. 

Philip

Pastor Phil Urdiales likes to stir things up – especially the gifts of God in students. He loves to see God move in the lives of students and to watch as they discover the passion of God for the world around them.

People who know Phil say he brings passion, excellence, and mission to everything he does. As Life Pacific’s newly hired campus chaplain, he has big plans for the spiritual formation and transformation in the lives of our students.

As chaplain, Phil will create a creatively dynamic and spiritually engaging chapel experience that draws them close to Jesus and His purpose in their lives.

“I want to train, raise up, and send out this generation of pastors and leaders and to help students to discover their divine design to serve Christ and the world,” Phil says.

A team of volunteer chaplains from local congregations will counsel our students and provide pastoral care to the campus community. “Simply put, everything starts with relationship and being available,” Phil says. “I want students to know that our chaplain team is accessible and that we are for each and every student.”

“We all play a role in pastoring the students here whether we are faculty, staff, or coaches,” Phil says. 

Ephesians 4:11-12 guides much of what Phil does as a campus chaplain: "He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."

The task before Phil is clear to him and he has no problem articulating the course: “We are going to raise the level of passion and excellence inside and outside chapel to fulfill the mission of our college and to bring the hope of Jesus to the world around us.”

The greatest part about being at a college like Life Pacific, according to Phil, is that spiritual formation is integrated in every aspect of the school. “We all play a role in pastoring the students here whether we are faculty, staff, or coaches,” he says. 

A credentialed minster with The Foursquare Church, Phil holds a masters degree in leadership from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. where he served as the campus pastor for five years. He and his wife Jenna previously pastored at local churches in Puyallup, Wash and Los Angeles.

The move from Florida to California for the new position at Life Pacific will allow Phil and Jenna and their two daughters, Quinn and Dylann to fulfill another call of God on their family, the planting of a new congregation in the Southland.

“Phil comes to us with experience in leading one of the best university chapel experiences in the United States,” - Angie Richey (VP of Enrollment)

Everything Phil does is about leading people of all ages to a life-long relationship with Jesus.

Every facet of a college experience can be utilized as a classroom in Phil’s opinion and he sees spiritual formation as the core value. “I want to be a part of all that Jesus is doing at Life Pacific and lend whatever experience I have to make this the premier spiritual formation ministry on any university campus in America,” he says.

Vice President of Enrollment Angie Richey is excited to see Phil’s dream for LPC come to pass. “Phil comes to us with experience in leading one of the best university chapel experiences in the United States,” Angie says about Phil’s new role. “We are incredibly blessed to have him on the west coast, leading our student body in chapel and beyond this coming year.”