Phil Bubar

Senior Pastor



Phil is a 1978 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Both Phil and his wife, Lisa, graduated from Wheaton College with their undergraduate degrees. Phil was the first pastor of Christ Evangelical Free Church in eastern Pennsylvania, serving there for 17 years. They arrived in St. Joseph in 1995 to begin ministry here at The Chapel. He and Lisa have two children. Dan is a 2001 graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and a 2004 graduate of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. Rachel is a 2006 graduate of Taylor University. 


Favorite Bible Joseph, as he was used by God in a very difficult time. He was called righteous, seeking to do what is right, which landed him in prison. But then God used that setting to bring him to be Pharaoh’s next in command, which spared his family. It is a true story of redemption and forgiveness.

I was Joe and Ruth Bubar in Fitchburg, MA. My dad was pastoring Highland Baptist Church.

My life Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

My last meal would be…growing up, roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and peas. Today it would be…Yolanda Broehm’s enchiladas.

My idea of a perfect Lisa spending time with our five grandchildren while I get to play nine holes of golf with our two children and their spouses. Then its home for a great meal after which we all head to the beach to watch the sunset on Lake Michigan. After putting the grandkids to bed, it's game time. Then miraculously, we all get to sleep-in the next morning.

I have traveled to…"Be a pastor and see the world," or is that the Navy? I am very thankful for the various opportunities to minister in a number of countries. During college, I visited my sister and brother-in-law who were missionaries in Pakistan (seven weeks) and then I served (10 weeks) in a mission hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I have been to Romania numerous times through The Chapel’s ministry there, as well as teaching in two Word of Life Bible Institutes in Portugal and more than nine times in Hungary. God also opened the door to see Israel and the Greek cities where Paul established various churches.

Trademark cliché or saying…”It’s always right to do what’s right!” (I learned it from my Uncle Paul.)

If I had a different job...I’d be a high school math teacher. I come from a family of many pastors and teachers. When I was in high school, I loved math and had great teachers and thought that the Lord could use me in that position for His kingdom if I didn’t go into full-time ministry. But, I couldn’t not be in full-time ministry; that was God’s call on me.

My ideal vacation would be…sitting on the beach (in the shade—that is very important to me!) and reading with Lisa and our immediate family and no time pressures.

Nobody knows heart, I am an introvert, though I often play the role of an extrovert.

If they made a movie about my life, the actor who should play me would be…Ted Danson because I am told he looks like me (but he is older!).

My favorite pastime…trying to play golf and walking the beach with Lisa as well as kayaking together on Lake Michigan.

To relax...I like to exercise on my elliptical, and then zone out with Lisa watching a good movie.

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