While serving as District Attorney, Phil was the chair of Project SAFE Rockingham County. A collaboration with the US Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement, Project SAFE implemented the ‘focused-deterrence’ model for reducing violent crime among recidivists and gang members.
Phil has also served as an Advisory Board Member for the Rockingham County Business and Technology Center, President of the Eden Kiwanis Club, and Board member for the Eden Chamber of Commerce.
As a member of North Carolina’s Appellate Courts, Phil created and supervises a robust internship program for law students,
undergraduate students, and high school students. In addition, Phil serves as the Chief Justice’s designee to the Governor’s Crime Commission.
Phil also actively assists North Carolina’s military community in improving outcomes for justice-involved veterans. Along with The Independence Fund, court stakeholders, and veterans, he spearheaded the “Check the Box” initiative to match veterans with treatment and services.
Phil is married to Jodie Church, a public school teacher. They have two children, Philip III and Will.