In June of 1977, Phil married Donna Nelson of Dayton, Ohio. They met at Abilene Christian University while both were attending college. Donna received her B.S. degree in Education and has taught in public and Christian schools for 15 years. Donna completed her M.A. in School administration and served as an assistant principal in the Pflugerville ISD, assistant director for the A.C.U. reading lab, and with Heartlight handling donor relations and daily site management. Donna has written for Image Magazine as well as HEARTLIGHT, spoken at women’s retreats, taught classes from cradle roll through High School, as well as teaching women’s classes. She also served as part of a women’s speaking ministry known as “The Coffee Group.” She serves on the HEARTLIGHT Board.