Born in Midland, Texas on December 13, 1990, to Mr. Cleveland & Mrs. Angela Phelps, Pastor Phelps knew at an early age that he was called. He answered God’s call and cultivated his gifts at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Midland, TX under the leadership of the late Rev. Robert E. Lathan and its current pastor, Rev. Tommie L. Hale.
Pastor Phelps studied at Morehouse College of Atlanta, Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration (minor in Religion), and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree (emphasis in Urban Ministry and Black Church Studies). He is currently a doctoral student at Duke University School of Divinity. He holds membership in several organizations including the Urban League Young Professionals, the NAACP, Faith Forward Dallas, and the African American Pastor’s Coalition of Dallas. He has been recognized for both his scholarship and community service, most notably with an endowed scholarship, the Reverend Bryant X. Phelps Endowed Scholarship, with UNCF, Inc.
In the spring of 2014, Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe invited Pastor Phelps to consider ministry in the United Methodist Church. Pastor Phelps accepted the offer and has since served congregations in the Northwest Texas and North Texas Annual Conferences since then. Today, he is an ordained Elder in Full Connection with the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves on the conference Committee on Finance and Administration and the Metro District Committee on Ordained Ministry. He is also the Vice Chair of the North Texas Caucus of Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
Pastor Phelps is happily married to his college sweetheart, Mrs. Courtney A. Phelps. Mrs. Phelps, a native of Los Angeles, California, is a graduate of Spelman College of Atlanta, Georgia where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, and the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University of Washington, DC where she earned a Master of Public Health. She has been recognized for her research and work that advocates for the healthcare of women. Mrs. Phelps currently serves as the Director of Community Service Learning at the Episcopal School of Dallas.
Rev. & Mrs. Phelps are the loving parents of one daughter, Hailey.