Philip Layton has been a keen student of the Bible since his teenage years, with role models from within his family, many of whom are Christian ministers.
As a result, his love of God, the Bible, and The Salvation Army has led to his ordination in 2000, when he was appointed with his wife, Karen, as corps officers (church pastors) to Swanage in Dorset, and then in 2003 to Hythe in Kent.
Within this second appointment Phil also took on a 5-year dual appointment as a New Testament Tutor at William Booth College, London (2005-2010), as well as being a corresponding member of The Salvation Army’s International Doctrine Council (2006-2011), and also a member of the Moral and Social Issues Council in the United Kingdom (2005-2013).
Phil finds greatest fulfilment when proclaiming the Gospel of Christ, and he has written two books which rely on the authority of Scripture texts alone, and which both highlight the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus. The first of these was ‘The Sacraments and the Bible’, published in 2007 by The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom, and the second published in 2009 through International Headquarters, which deals with the relevance and detail found in the Christian eschatological theme of ‘The Rapture’.
He has vocational qualifications in Management (L4) and in Information Technology (L3), while academic studies include a Bachelor of Arts degree (Religious Studies) from the University of Kent, and a Master of Theology degree from Heythrop College, University of London, in which he focused on uses and abuses of the Bible, ethics, and the Gospels.
Phil and Karen have two children; Anastasia and Joshua, and to relax Phil simply enjoys being with his family, playing football, mountain climbing, cycling, swimming, or being on holiday where there is plenty of sun, sand, and sea!