Phil Staurseth, Pastor

A 2008 graduate of North Park Theological Seminary, Pastor Phil is in his twelfth year as lead pastor at Ravenswood.

He graduated from North Park College with a degree in business communication and a minor in psychology. While he was at North Park, he also completed the secondary education program and earned a teaching license in the state of Illinois in English and speech. He did his student teaching at North Park Elementary and Lane Tech, both here in Chicago, and taught in the classroom for three years in Africa.

Before serving our church, pastor Phil was the director of Covenant Park Bible Camp near Duluth, Minnesota, a role he filled for 10 years.

He enjoys life with his wife Kerry, two dogs, Colby Jane & Lady Emma, and a cat named Cora.  They have three adult kids and a daughter-in-law.

He and Kerry love to camp, canoe, snowshoe, ski, and take pictures. He enjoys playing pick-up basketball and occasionally Frisbee. When he has time, he likes to read all sorts of stuff and has been known to occasionally memorize poetry.  He likes olives.  He has a passion for scripture and finds joy in study and community.

Pastor Phil can be reached through the church office or at phil(at)

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." (Mark 4:30-32 NRS)