Author, speaker, minister’s wife, mom and whatever hat is handed to her, Phyllis Benigas embraces life with a dependence on the Shepherd for His guidance, His wisdom and His heartbeat. Her ministry will make us laugh and cry.  It will encourage, yet challenge when necessary.  And it will draw each one into a deeper, more intimate relationship with God.


The phrase “large Italian family” aptly describes Phyllis’ early years at home in Minneapolis, growing up with four brothers and two sisters.  It was at the tender age of three, at her own request, that Phyllis was introduced to the Lord as she knelt with her mother, Marguerite Annoni, at a sunny kitchen window and repeated a prayer of repentance. Neither recalls what precipitated her request that day; but following that prayer, she responded with tears streaming down her face, “I feel so clean inside.

“Since that early encounter with the Shepherd, Phyllis has followed His path for her life with joy, grateful for His grace when her steps have faltered and for His guidance through difficult choices.  After attending North Central University, she married Tom Benigas, the love of her life, and has served alongside him for the past 40 years in ministry.  Tom served as the Peninsular Florida District Youth Director for the Assemblies of God located in Lakeland, Florida, for 24 years and enjoyed the opportunity to direct youth camps, statewide conventions, youth pastor conferences, outreaches and youth missions trips, as well as minister in churches.  Both are proud of their two married children who serve the Lord and minister with fervor in local churches.

Phyllis was humbled by the opportunity to serve on the Assemblies of God World Missions Board for a term as well as manage A/G missionary itineration in Florida for 22 years. It gave her great joy to assist missionaries in raising their funds and returning to their field of calling.  Then, in 2013, in response to God’s calling and open door, Tom and Phyllis moved as missionaries themselves to Brussels, Belgium, where Tom presently serves as Campus Pastor at Continental Theological Seminary. In addition, they work with the Fellowship of European International Churches (FEIC), ministering and mentoring in churches throughout Europe.

With a personal ministry to women, Phyllis enjoys speaking at women’s meetings, retreats and conferences. She comments, “It is a delight for me to share with women the blessing that comes from stepping past our struggles, our insecurities and heartaches, into an understanding of our purpose. Once we discover the fulfillment that comes from a daily intimate relationship with our Creator, our challenges no longer rob us of peace and joy but become the instruments of growth and character-building they are intended to be.”

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