51: Philip De Courcy


Philip De Courcy is the senior pastor of Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, California, and speaker on the daily radio program, Know The Truth.

Philip was born in Belfast, Ireland, to Christian parents who instilled in him a love for the Lord, Jesus Christ.  At sixteen years of age, Philip trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

Growing up in a neighborhood where civil tension was commonplace, many of Philip’s friends became involved in acts of terrorism.  As a result, Philip decided to serve as a part-time reserve police officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary in North Belfast.  Although some of his comrades were injured and even killed during that six-year period, Philip was unharmed.  To this day, he believes God used this faith-building season to prepare him for pastoral ministry. 

After receiving pastoral training, Philip spent six years shepherding the congregation of Carr Baptist Church in Lisburn, a suburb of Belfast. Then, in 1994,

Philip relocated his family to The United States, serving in churches in southern California and central Ohio. In 2007 Philip began his current ministry as senior pastor at Kindred Community Church. 

The daily radio broadcast, Know The Truth, was launched in March 2010, on three local radio stations in southern California.  The program features Philip’s expository Bible teaching and is hosted by broadcast veteran, Wayne Shepherd.

He and his wife, June have three grown daughters and one son-in law.


“For the cause of what’s right and what’s true, we have to be willing to give a life up.”  - Philip De Courcy

“Parties have never changed anybody, but funerals have changed my life.”  - Philip De Courcy

“The proper meditation of your own death is an elixir for life.”  - Philip De Courcy

“Security is not the absence of danger, it’s the presence of God.”  - Philip De Courcy

“Sovereignty doesn’t rob us of responsibility. God gave us a brain and He wants us to use it.”  - Philip De Courcy

“From the board room to the bedroom - everything can be an act of worship.”  - Philip De Courcy

“Wherever you are, be all there.”  - Jim Elliot

“God prepares us for all He is preparing us for.”  - Philip De Courcy

“Knowledge may be doubling, but wisdom isn’t.”  - Philip De Courcy

“We need the old people to stop us from going too fast, and we need the young people to stop us from going too slow.”  - Philip De Courcy

“Milk everybody and make your own butter.”  - Warren Wiersbe

“Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has occurred to God.”  - quote Philip is meditating on

“Live so as to be missed.”  - Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Show Notes:

Emergency Rations - Philip De Courcy
About Face - Col. David Hackworth
The Call - Os Guinness
Knowing God - J.I. Packer
Holiness - J.C. Ryle
50 People Every Christian Should Know - Warren Wiersbe
For the Glory - Duncan Hamilton
The Red Sea Rules - Robert Morgan
Spurgeon’s Sorrows - Zack Eswine
Refresh - Shona and David Murray
Reset - David Murray
Just Do Something - Kevin DeYoung

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4:30 - What It Means to Be a “Professional Talker”
6:15 - Philip’s Typical Morning Routine
7:30 - Devotional Books / Know the Truth
10:00 - Growing up within conflict in Ireland
18:30 - Why Philip Joined the Police Force
24:30 - Philip’s Dual-Career
31:00 - What Brought Philip Peace
40:30 - Relying on God’s Presence
46:00 - Philip’s Decision to Leave Police Force
52:00 - Discussion on Callings
1:02:30 - Importance of Being Present
1:07:30 - How Philip Thinks About “Contemporary”
1:12:15 - Where We Devalue History
1:21:30 - What Philip Desires for the Next Generation
1:25:00 - Philip’s Optimistic Demeanor
1:31:00 - Milking Everybody and Making Butter
1:33:15 - Book Organization
1:35:15 - Book Recommendations
1:41:00 - Favorite Sport
1:43:15 - Question/Thought Currently Dwelling On
1:44:30 - Non-Preaching Subject Philip Would Talk On
1:46:45 - Morning Text Reminder
1:49:00 - Where to Connect with Philip