I am a second generation American-born Chinese, AKA "ABC". My parents were immigrants from China. During their first few years in a new country, they managed to make their way from California, to New York, and finally Florida. We were a Buddhist family. My parents were deep into palm reading, ancestral worship, and other superstitious practices. But, somehow, they gave me a private Christian education and sent me to a Chinese church to assimilate into Chinese culture. Influenced by godly teachers and counselors, I found Christ at the age of 7 and became seriously devoted to ministry by 15.
Through many difficult circumstances of pain and rebellion during my teenage and young adult years, God brought me to my knees and into a loving embrace with Him. I devoted my life to full-time ministry in 2003, met my wife in 2004, and got married within a year. In 2007, with two children, we answered God's call to receive further training at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas.
Currently, my wife and I have three children. As a family, we are surrendered to a life long call to serve the Lord.
Having served as a Baptist Collegiate Ministry intern, a camp counselor and staff in Colorado, in the pastorate for six years, and a equipping teacher to Southeast Asia I currently reside in Fort Worth, TX. I currently serve as Dean of the Christ Chapel Leadership Residency and a Program Director at Dallas Theological Seminary.
I recently graduated with my doctorate December of 2018 and successfully defended my dissertation for my Ph.D. in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry on July of 2018. I graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in Preaching and Biblical Languages in December of 2012. I have also served as an Executive Associate to the Dean of the School of Theology and Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President of Institutional Assessment and Research at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
I also served eighteen months as an interim English pastor at North Texas Chinese Church and seven months in the same position at Arlington Chinese Bible Church. I have also served as the interim lead pastor in Willow Park, TX at Hillside Baptist Church for two years. Additionally, I spent five years as the youth pastor at Bird Road Community Church in Miami, FL. and a curriculum writer at Christian Creative Communication Center in Irving, TX.
My interests include preaching as an itinerant preacher and teaching overseas. I teach Old Testament Survey, Hermeneutics, Introduction to Preaching, Advanced Preaching in Genres of the Old Testament, and other book studies.
I received the prestigious "Al and Beverly Fasol Preaching Award" in the spring of 2013. The award is given to student of sound moral character and possesses exceptional commitment in Christian ministry.
December 25, 2018, Joseph: Luke 2:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25, As you read through this devotional, this Christmas season, my prayer is that you have a sense of Joseph’s sincerity and tenderness as a gentle man, father and husband due to four responses that reveals His relationship with God, his Father.
November 20, 2018, Leading a Church to Embrace Global Missions, Phillip is a pastor at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas. He currently does work globally, specifically in East Asia where he teaches in underground churches. He partners with seminaries to provide courses to equip, reproduce, and support the indigenous pastor.
April 11, 2016, Lost Turn to Christ across the Nation through 'Revive This Nation' Preaching, Phillip Koo, a Ph.D. student who was sent to First Baptist Church in Bertram, Texas, also witnessed the saving grace of God poured out upon an unlikely convert.
December 2014, Home News at Chinese Baptist Church of Miami. An article titled Reckless published at the follow link: http://www.cbcmiami.org/publication/homenews/homenews102.pdf
Spring 2014, Prophetic Preaching by Craig Brian Larson. A book review in SWJT 56, no. 2, Spring 2014, 298-9
May 2, 2013, "Koo Urges Fellow Students to Seek Good by Seeking God" -Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary by Keith Collier,
Phillip Koo, a Ph.D. student in the School of Theology, challenged fellow Southwesterners to seek good by seeking God during his chapel sermon, April 25. Faculty selected Koo as the student preacher, an honor given each spring.
August 1, 2011, "Reaching the Homeless Near Seminary Hill"
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary