Philip Nation Author

Philip is the lead pastor for First Baptist Church of Bradenton, Florida, and assistant professor of leadership and biblical studies for Houston Baptist University. He is the author of several books and Bible studies, including Habits for Our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together, and Send Us Out; Compelled: Living the Mission of God; Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow; and Storm Shelter: Psalms of God's Embrace. He also was the general editor for The Mission of God Study Bible and worked in the Christian publishing industry in addition to serving as a pastor and church planter. Philip, who earned a doctor of ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Seminary, frequently speaks at conferences and trains other pastors in spiritual leadership. He is happily married to Angie and proud to be father to their two sons, Andrew and Chris. Visit his website at

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