Dr. Phillip M. Baldwin is a native of Pittsboro, North Carolina. He is the son of the late Reverend Lynn and late Ethel M. Baldwin and is the eighth of nine children.
Dr. Baldwin is a 1984 graduate from North Carolina A and T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a Concentration in Manufacturing. Dr. Baldwin received his Master of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina in May 1999. Dr. Baldwin earned his Doctorate of Ministry Degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in May 2006. St. Thomas Christian University of Jacksonville, Florida recognized Dr. Baldwin's service with an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree in January 2016.
In March 1992, Dr. Baldwin answered God's call into the gospel ministry and was licensed by the Lowndes Hill Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. In March 1993, he was called to serve as Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Since Dr. Baldwin has been at Bethlehem, God has built on the foundation already laid. In October 1996, Bethlehem was blessed to move into a new sanctuary with a seating capacity of over 800. In January 1997, Dr. Baldwin first revealed to Bethlehem the vision that God gave to him for Bethlehem to construct a Christian Life Center and Academy. In December 2004, Bethlehem moved into its 40,000 square foot Christian Life Center and Academy. Bethlehem Baptist Church now has two worship services, over 40 ministries, an After-School Program and a Summer Camp Program.
Dr. Baldwin has served as Co-Chair of Greenville County MLK Dream Weekend, and President of The Baptist Minister's Fellowship of Greenville and Vicinity. Dr. Baldwin is a member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, The South Carolina Baptist Education and Missionary Convention, and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Dr. Baldwin is the former Moderator of the Reedy River Baptist Association and served as a faculty member of the Reedy River Baptist Congress of Christian Education. He is also involved in a host of other community events and efforts.
He is married to the former Wynell Harrison and they have been blessed with one daughter, LaJasmine.