Phil A. Newton (Ph.D. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.Min. Fuller Theological Seminary) planted South Woods Baptist Church, Memphis, TN in 1987 and continues to serve as senior pastor. He is the author of The Mentoring Church: How Pastors and Congregations Cultivate Leaders; Elders in the Life of the Church: Recovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership (with Matt Schmucker); and Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals: Applying the Gospel at the Unique Challenges of Death (with Brian Croft). Phil and his wife Karen married in 1975. They have five children and six grandchildren.