Rev., Dr. Lonnie Phillips

         What a joy to be here at First United Methodist Church of Hondo. I have been pastoring for 30 plus years, of which half has been in rural settings. I’ve served in Pettus, Mercedes, McAllen, Austin, Corpus Christi, Seguin, and at Windcrest in San Antonio.

         My father was an airplane mechanic in the Air Force who began and ended his career in San Antonio. I attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a BBA in Marketing. I was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the USCAF. My spiritual rebirth occurred while serving at Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia. My call to ministry occurred there while at Central UMC. I attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., but got homesick and transferred to Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas. It was there that I met my future wife.

         Now married thirty plus years, Susan and I have three grown children: Julie in England; Jordan in Colorado; and Becca in Texas. I enjoy hunting, fishing, Aggie baseball and football, reading, walking, hiking, and gardening.

         As a United Methodist Church Pastor in the Rio Texas Conference, I whole-heartedly support our mission to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. May “He who began a good work in you bring it to completion on the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6


Lonnie Phillips

Music Director Susan Phillips     
I am very excited to be Music Director at First United Methodist
 in Hondo. 
I studied music education in college and taught elementary music in Ohio for several years before starting graduate school in the field of music therapy at SMU. That is where I met Lonnie and how I have come to be a “Texan, by the grace of God”!
Over the years, I have filled about every role of church musician: having directed choirs for children, youth and adults as well as hand bells. I have substituted as organist and was blessed to lead praise bands at two churches and played keyboard at Windcrest UMC prior to our move to Hondo. I play the guitar and have served on many Walk to Emmaus music teams as well. The one thing I HAVEN’T done is be organist and choir director simultaneously, so this has been a new experience for me. I hope the hymns and songs chosen for Sunday worship resonate with you and enrich your worship experience. 

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