Coffs Harbour, Australia Phil

Name: Philip James Campbell

Residence: Coffs Harbour, on the north coast of the state of New South Wales which is in the land of Oz (Australia)

Age: I was born 46 years ago in New Zealand.

Profession: I have one of the best jobs in the world: I’m a pastor. In addition to my local congregation I help to lead another 45 locations in my state, 140 locations in my nation of Australia, 400 locations in Australasia (South Pacific) and over 8,500 sites across this beautiful planet. Those locations include schools, charities, a university and of course local churches.

Are there any websites, twitter IDs, or other social media information you want us to mention on this page? My local church is called Harbour Church (harbourchurch.com.au), the denomination I help to lead is Christian Outreach Centre and I’m on Facebook & Instagram.

What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes? Why do you enjoy them? I love people and collect the best as friends and family, I’m a golf tragic playing off a handicap of 13 with a dream of getting to single figures and my local club is the most beautiful in Australia (bonvillegolf.com), I love to ride my Triumph America and living in Coffs I have some amazing riding roads on my doorstep, I love this planet and the weird and wonderful places and things it contains so I travel (a lot), and lastly but most importantly I love my faith – it is my foundation and is entwined through all the rest of what I do and am.

When did you first hear about the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama? I guess most people at some stage have googled their name, in fact I think I did before there was Google – I typed Phil Campbell into eBay and came up with a fire officers badge from the town of Phil Campbell in Alabama. One thing led to another and after a little research I found there really was a town that shared my name.

Were you able to attend the Phil Campbell Hoedown of June 2011? My wife Justine and myself loved being a part of the June 2011 Hoedown.

If you did go to the hoedown, what did you think of the experience? So many unforgettable moments were compressed into those couple of days that it would take a book (or maybe a documentary) to do it justice. For me I think the heart of our little town was best expressed in the way they chose to still celebrate their town’s centenary in the midst of tragedy – personally, standing in the back of a pickup truck that had “Sweet Home Alabama” blaring from it’s stereo with half a dozen other Phil Campbell’s while being paraded up and down the crowded and cheering main street is a memory I’ll always cherish – and which few people still believe.

You are a Phil Campbell. What do you think of that name? I remember going through a short period as kid during which I asked my family to call me by my middle name, James or Jamie for short, I’m so glad they ignored me. I prefer Phil to Philip – Phil is from the Greek meaning brotherly love, what we Aussies call mates, Philip means lover of horses and as I traded the only horse I ever was given for a motorbike as quickly as I could – well you get the picture.

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