Phil Mitchell

Associate Pastor, Ministry of Christian Worship

(804) 358-5458 x137


Dr. Philip L. Mitchell came to First Baptist Church as Minister of Music in 2001. His role has since changed and expanded to incorporate a broader spectrum of ministry, under the title, of Associate Pastor for Christian Worship.

He is a native of Nashville, TN. Phil holds a Bachelor of Music from Belmont University in Nashville, a Master of Church Music in conducting from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and a Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Leadership from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Prior to joining the staff, Phil served Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC; First Baptist Church, Bowling Green, KY; and Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL.

Phil has numerous handbell, choral, and congregational compositions in print with various publishers. He has written devotional materials published by Smyth and Helwys. He authored, “100 Music Ministry Ideas” published by Hal Leonard Publications, and has written extensively regarding worship, worship leadership, choral techniques, and liturgies.

He and his wife, Libby, have two children, Erin and Austin, a grandson, Preston, and a granddaughter, Caroline.