About the Author
Phillip Swindall grew up as the son of a steel-working Army veteran who become a Baptist preacher in the Deep South.
As a kindergarten student, Phillip lived in a tough Birmingham, Alabama housing project called “Mark’s Village” in the late 1960’s. His family served as missionaries in that neighborhood for two years. Since that time, Philip has lived in four southern states and worked in almost every state south of the Mason-Dixon line at one time or another.
In an ironic twist of fate, Phillip graduated from the same High School in Brookhaven, Mississippi as Bob Pittman, CEO of iHeart Radio. At the time of Phillip’s junior high and high school years, Pittman become known as the creator of Friday Night Videos on NBC and the cable network MTV. Later, while in Junior College, Phillip started working in radio broadcasting on campus. His second radio job, at a Brookhaven, MS AM country station, he discovered that he was working in the same studios as Pittman did in high school.
The “broadcasting bug” bit Phil hard at the time, and he went on to work in formats as diverse as country, Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Southern Gospel, Contemporary Christian and Jazz/Pop Standards for more than a decade and in more than four states. Eventually, he found his way into radio and TV news and news-talk radio. He’s also worked as a professional print journalist briefly.
Later, Phil attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama and served churches in Youth Ministry, Church Education Ministry and Music Ministry before moving to New Orleans, Louisiana where he earned a Bachelors in Pastoral Studies and a Master of Arts in Christian Education (2000) from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Since 2000, Phillip has served in ministry, worked in broadcasting, and taught in two parochial high schools.
In 2008, he moved back to his hometown, Gadsden, Alabama, where he now resides. And, in 2010, he married (for the first time), at the age of 46. His wife, Teresa became a widow a while before they met when her husband fell off a cliff at the Little River Canyon and spent 105 days in a hospital prior to his death.
Currently, Phillip is a bi-vocational pastor, serving Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Altoona, Alabama, and has been writing for online entrepreneurs, podcasters and other businessmen. He has worked as both a ghost-writer and a named author.
Today, he is in the process of transitioning his business into a Social Media Marketing Agency while he continues to lead the people at Mt. Olive and tries to be the best husband he possibly can.