Pastor Philip Spencer was raised in Franklin, Ohio and came to know Christ as his Saviour when he was nine years old at a revival service at the Missionary Baptist Temple. They later attended the Franklin Baptist Church where he surrendered to attend Bible College. It was at college that he met his bride, Yvette, and they were married in 1978. After graduation, in 1979, they moved to Sioux Falls, SD where Phillip was an assistant pastor at Eastside Baptist, and with his wife, they helped start and teach in the Christian School. After five years the pastor resigned and Phillip was voted in to be the senior pastor. Phillip just recently celebrated his 30 year anniversary as the Pastor of Eastside Baptist Church.