Phil Thomson

Bel's husband Phil Thomson is the Executive Officer at Willow Creek Australia and is responsible for growing the impact of The Global Leadership Summit across the nation. Phil is also a Christian Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker, certified with the John Maxwell Team. He has experience in both in the business sector, and faith community, where he supports Pastors in growing and developing their leadership teams. Phil has an MBA and a Masters in Christian Leadership with the Australian College of Ministries. He is a graduate of Arrow 14 ( and his hobbies include jogging and travelling. Scroll down on this page to jump to Phil's complete bio.

Phil and Bel Thomson work as a dynamic team and are passionate about encouraging and equipping people to live life to the full. During Church services, to compliment Bel's music and testimony, Phil shares a 15 minute message to tie the presentation together and issue a challenge from God's word. 

When sharing together at conferences, Bel shares her inspirational songs and stories, while Phil shares practical insights on leadership and living an intentional life. You will be challenged and inspired to take your next step of faith and passionately pursue your role in God’s Kingdom.

Phil offers quality and practical leadership content tailored to diverse audiences in a range of settings: Church ministry leaders, Schools, Elders retreats, Pastors gatherings, conferences and men’s/business breakfasts.   

All seminars/workshops that Phil conducts include theory (principles) and practical (demonstrated techniques, interactive problem solving, real scenarios) components. It is very important to Phil that participants are resourced through his speaking; He is all about empowering others for maximum Kingdom impact.
There is lots of flexibility on what Phil could provide:

  • Breakfasts or luncheons
  • 1-2 hours, ½ day, 1-day or 2-day workshops
  • Evening seminars     

He can provide training for groups of any size and these workshops can be tailored with application for a specific Church or for participants to take back to their own Church or business context.

If you'd like to enquire further, or make a booking, please contact Phil directly on 0402 161 836 or complete the online booking form.


Speaking Topics

Sessions can include (but are not limited to):
1.       "Becoming a Fruitful Leader"
Fruitful leadership is not just about competence, but is also about character and remaining connected with Christ.

2.       "Developing Fruitful Leaders"
Learn the Jesus model for developing other leaders, by taking a look at how Jesus raised up leaders for the Church. 

3.       “Leadership Essentials”
Learn some of the most vital leadership principles found in scripture, to raise your influence and effectiveness as a Christian leader.
4.       “Connect with People to maximise your influence”
Learn why and how Jesus did more than just communicate… He connected with others. The best leaders have learned that influence flows from their ability to connect. Regardless of your specific leadership role, this workshop will equip you to influence others more effectively.

5.       “The Core Responsibilities of a Leader”
Learn what the Bible teaches about what every leader simply must do to maximise their influence and effectiveness.

Fees for Phil services are negotiated based on how the training is packaged, the number of participants, whether the event is ticketed and the exact location of the workshops. Our heart is to bless and build the Church, therefore all budgets are considered.


"We recently had Phil Thomson do a couple of leadership session with our church – the feedback from people that attended the sessions was very positive, appreciating how practical and simple the teaching was and how the content enabled them to see their leadership roles a bit clearer, presenting a model and process to not only train up people but to also help them to lead the right way. I highly recommend Phil's ministry and would definitely have him back given the chance"
Ps Adriano Petraccaro Millicent ACC

“I took home lots of great insights that equipped me with just enough ‘gold nuggets’ to begin implementing straight away for powerful growth and change. I loved the group dynamics as well. Thank you Phil” - Shaun Foster – Senior Pastor, C3 Church
“I have found the company of these likeminded leaders enthralling. Learning from each other has been a treat! Well lead, great experience!” - Gary Blackford – Author and Senior Pastor, Blue Cross Church (ACC).
“As a pastor, leader and mentor, I found the topic relevant, peer involvement refreshing and sharpening, and coaching by Phil skilfully delivered” - Lorelle Magee, Senior Pastor, Heartbeat Church (Foursquare)
“Phil engaged well with our group and created an atmosphere where there were great learning experiences and sharing of thoughts and ideas. I strongly recommend Phil as a leader and for developing leaders at any stage in their journey.” Rob Cowan – former CEO of 96 Five FM (Radio Station), Brisbane
"…changed my thinking about leadership which has already created major improvements in several different aspects of my life. To be involved with a group of leaders from different industry sectors within the local community and share in their experiences has also proven very rewarding!" - Matthew Sykes, Business Leader
“Great material & experience leading to a much needed paradigm shift in personal and business relationships” - Ralph Stulgies, Business Owner

"Phil's leadership and speaking ability creates an environment where you can grow as a leader and as a person." Nathan McDuff, Chaplain: Millicent High School.


Phil's Bio

Phil’s purpose and passion is to equip and facilitate the growth of leaders such that multiplied many will live their lives to the full!

His background is in the health industry which is where his leadership journey began. As a qualified Exercise Physiologist, Phil equipped people for health and wellness through personal training, corporate health and injury rehabilitation. Over subsequent years, Phil built a team of health professionals, and together they made a difference to thousands of clients suffering from physical and psychological injuries. At the age of 26, he began raising and leading leaders, having been promoted to oversee 45 staff across 5 offices in the state, with the company’s turnover surpassing $4 Million. Phil’s development as a leader was greatly impacted by exposure to John Maxwell’s teachings and seeing these principles prove effective in the workplace. 

After completing an MBA, he began coaching and consulting to a diverse range of entrepreneurs and business owners. In addition, Phil’s commitment to leadership in the local Church in a paid capacity as Operations Manager, and in a voluntary capacity in Eldership has assisted in growing a healthy community of faith.
Travelling to the USA in 2011, Phil had the privilege of becoming a Founding Partner of The John Maxwell Team. Through Leadership Coaching, Training and Speaking, he has had the privilege of working with businesses, Churches and not-for-profit organisations (including Willow Creek Australia and 96 Five Family FM) to expand their influence. His delivery of various leadership training and development programs have developed and equipped Pastors across many denominations and apply the John Maxwell materials to their unique settings.

Phil completed a Masters in Christian Leadership with the Australian College of Ministries in 2017. He is also a graduate of Arrow 14 (

Phil’s goal is to activate leaders to realise their potential and raise the effectiveness of their organisation.
Phil and his Singer/Songwriter wife Bel make their home in Brisbane, QLD. Each year, they spend considerable time travelling to conferences and events with Bel singing and Phil teaching leadership in a diverse range of settings.

If you'd like to enquire further, or make a booking, please contact Phil directly on 0402 161 836 or complete the online booking form.