Doug Phillips

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Doug Phillips
Douglas Winston Phillips
OccupationPresident of Vision Forum, writer, minister, attorney, videographer
Spouse(s)Beall Phillips

Douglas Winston Phillips (born 1965) is a Christian author, speaker, attorney, and homeschooling advocate who was once president of the now-defunct Vision Forum Ministries until he resigned due to an inappropriate relationship.[1][2] He advocates biblical patriarchy, creationism, homeschooling, the Quiverfull movement, and the family integrated church.[3] He also worked for six years as the lawyer for the Home School Legal Defense Fund Association (HSLDA).[4]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips was born into a Christian family with Jewish heritage.[5] His father was Constitution Party founder Howard Phillips. Phillips and his wife Beall have eight children.[6][7]


Phillips is the founder of the defunct San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.[8] Phillips produced a documentary The League of Grateful Sons in 2004 about the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima.[9] In 2009, Phillips led "a team of scientists and investigators, including John D. Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research" to the Galápagos Islands for the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's life, and produced a documentary entitled The Mysterious Islands.[10][11]


Phillips' teachings have been criticized as promoting a biblical patriarchy worldview that is oppressive to women and girls. In 2014, Michael Farris, the chairman and cofounder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, criticized the biblical patriarchy beliefs of his former HSLDA colleague Doug Phillips, and said he regrets not speaking out against him sooner. He said,

He was teaching that girls should never go to college. . . I started a college where half the student body is female and PHC just elected a woman student as the president of the student body. He was teaching that girls should basically stay in their father's home until marriage. I sent my oldest daughter off to Cedarville University and my second daughter off to Romania as a missionary. I thought my actions would speak louder than his words. I wish I had used words too.[4]

Farris furthermore said in a statement to WND:

The reason Doug left HSLDA is because [President] Mike Smith and I, who were his bosses, were growing more and more uncomfortable as he started developing his patriarchy theory. We started limiting his ability to speak on those things while traveling on our behalf. We basically made it clear that he could not pursue those things with his HSLDA hat on. So he eventually chose to leave us so he could do those things because we were not comfortable with where he was headed.[12]


Phillips resigned as president of Vision Forum on October 30, 2013 after acknowledging a "lengthy ... relationship with a woman" which was "inappropriately affectionate and romantic."[13][14] On November 11, 2013, Vision Forum Ministries' board of directors discontinued operations citing "serious sins" which prompted Phillips' resignation.[15] According to The Christian Post, Vision Forum, Inc., Phillips' for-profit business, "appeared to have a liquidation sale" in December 2013.[16]

On April 15, 2014, the Phillips family's ex-nanny filed a lawsuit against Phillips and Vision Forum, alleging that she had suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of Doug Phillips.[17] Phillips denied the abuse charges, according to Julie Ingersoll, "calling them sensationalist and suggesting that they are motivated by a desire for financial gain."[2]

On November 17, 2014, Phillips was excommunicated from Boerne Christian Assembly, the church that he founded.[18] Phillips had left the church in July.[19]


He has written or edited the following books (published by his own company Vision Forum):

  • The Bible Lessons of John Quincy Adams for His Son (2000) Vision Forum ISBN 1-929241-22-4
  • The Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for His Sons (2001) Vision Forum ISBN 1-929241-32-1
  • Robert Lewis Dabney: The Prophet Speaks (2003) Vision Forum ISBN 1-929241-41-0
  • Poems for Patriarchs (2003) Poems for Patriarchs Vision Forum ISBN 1-929241-45-3
  • The Birkenhead Drill (2004) Vision Forum ISBN 1-929241-46-1
  • The Little Boy Down the Road: Short Stories & Essays on the Beauty of Family Life (2008) Vision Forum ISBN 1-934554-34-0


  1. ^ "Doug Phillips Resigns from Vision Forum, Cancels Speaking Events, Due to "Inappropriate" Relationship". 31 October 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ingersoll, Julie (17 April 2014). "Doug Phillips' Biblical Patriarchy Scandal Moves to the Courts". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ Barrick, Audrey (December 13, 2009). "Embrace Christianity as total world and life view, ministry leaders say". Christian Post. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Lee, Morgan (April 16, 2014). "Head of the Home School Legal Defense Association Blasts Doug Phillips' Biblical Patriarchy Practices". Christian Post. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
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  6. ^ Campbell, Nancy (2003). Be Fruitfull and Multiply. San Antonio: Vision Forum. ISBN 0-9724173-5-4.
  7. ^ "About the President". Vision Forum Ministries. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
  8. ^ Weddle Irons Kendra and Springer Mock Melanie (2015). If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be. Chalice Press. ISBN 978-0827216709.
  9. ^ Wendy Griffith (May 19, 2006). Doug Phillips Documentary on Iwo Jima. CBN Newswatch. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  10. ^ Yonke, David (October 31, 2009). "Video disputes Darwin". The Blade. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  11. ^ Wooding, Gregg (November 18, 2009). "More than 2,500 to Attend Tampa Premiere of 'The Mysterious Islands' – a New Film Shot on the Galapagos Islands Which Challenges Darwin". Christian News Wire. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  12. ^ "Christian giant sued for 'using nanny as sex object' - WND". WND. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  13. ^ Phillips, Doug. "Statement of Resignation". Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  14. ^ Phillips, Doug. "Clarification on Resignation". Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  15. ^ Phillips, Doug. "The Closing of Vision Forum Ministries". Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  16. ^ Lee, Morgan, Doug Phillips' Former Church Disappointed with His Disobedient Departure as Elder Who Confessed Affair, 11 July 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  17. ^ Schilling, Chelsea (15 April 2014). "Christian Giant Sued for 'Using Nanny as Sex Object'; Lawsuit claims religious leader promised to marry young woman after wife dies". Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  18. ^ Horn, Jeff; Fry, David (November 17, 2014). "Update Regarding Doug Phillips". Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  19. ^ Dean, Jamie (July 8, 2014). "Doug Phillips leaves the church he founded".

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