Pastor of Palm Bay church ministers presidents
and prisoners with love and a song
Pastor Wintley Phipps found his voice, a voice rich in
timbre and purpose, thanks in large part to Sir Tom
The story of how a native of The Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago and a current Vero Beach
resident enlisted the vocal chops of a Welsh pop singer to help
him in his mission to serve God — and along the way sang before
six presidents and countless celebrities — is the stuff of movies.
The Palm Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church he leads knows
the treasure he is and happily wishes him well whenever duty
calls to spread the word of the Lord singing around the world.
“They think of me not just as a pastor of the church, but also a
pastor from the church,” he said.
“I am very blessed to be part of a church that prays for me
wherever I go into the world.”
Like many a child of the 1960s, Phipps once dreamt of becoming
a rock star but realized there had to be more to greatness than
just money and fame. He kept hearing an unforgettable voice
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SPACE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Phipps appeared with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in back-to-back concerts in Melbourne and Vero Beach.
In his youth, Phipps listened to Tom Jones and got to meet him after sending
Jones a note explaining what an important role he played in Phipps’ life.