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Doug Phillips excommunicated by church he founded

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Doug Phillips excommunicated by church he founded

The leaders of Boerne Christian Assembly in Waring, Texas, announced they have excommunicated Doug Phillips, the former president of Vision Forum Ministries.

Phillips was one of the founders of the church located just north of San Antonio and stepped down as an elder in January 2013. In October of last year, he resigned from Vision Forum Ministries, confessing a “lengthy, inappropriate relationship” with an unmarried woman.

In July 2014, a notice posted on the Boerne Christian Assembly website said Phillips had joined another congregation without receiving a letter of transfer from BCA. On Monday, a statement posted on the church’s website said the elders had excommunicated Phillips because they have not received “a response we deem satisfactory” to their concerns.

Phillips’ wife, Beall, posted a lengthy response to the church’s announcement on her Facebook page, disputing the church’s actions and offering her account of recent events. She noted her husband is “not able to respond by direction of legal counsel.”

For WORLD’s previous coverage of Vision Forum and Doug Phillips, see “Set adrift,” “Legal complaint filed in Vision Forum case,” and “Doug Phillips leaves the church he founded.”

Jamie Dean

Jamie is a journalist and the former national editor of WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and also previously worked for The Charlotte World. Jamie resides in Charlotte, N.C.

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