Philip Paul Baptiste, senior pastor of the Palace of Peace Church in Colorado Springs, has now been entrusted with the additional role of communication director for the Central States Conference.Born in Canada as the son of a preacher and youngest of three boys, Pastor Baptiste at an early age came to love spending time in church. His father baptized him at age 10. While attending high school at Crawford Adventist Academy, Philip was Student Association pastor and belonged to a team of student disciples. After graduating with honors, he continued education at Andrews University, obtaining degrees in business administration, religion and a Masters of Divinity from the Theological Seminary.Pastor Baptiste is passionate about sharing God’s love in fresh and creative ways to meet needs of the local community, in which he serves as a committee member for Young Life. He has been a minister for more than 12 years, including a stint as associate youth director for the Rocky Mountain Conference.Pastor Philip has been privileged with mentoring from some of the best leaders in the Adventist Church, including Jose Rojas, James Black and Willie Oliver. He is a professional event planner, a youth ministry consultant and a family life educator. In spare time Philip enjoys playing the piano, traveling and spending time with his wife.A sought-after speaker, Pastor Baptiste has preached at convocations and conventions across North America, the Caribbean, Cuba, Indonesia, Belize and Mexico. In Egypt he ministered among Muslims. He is married to the former Dalyne Cadet, an elementary school teacher.