Niagara Gazette

September 30, 2013

Niagara Falls native named pastor at Minnesota church

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Niagara Gazette

Phil Knight, formerly on the staff of churches in Niagara Falls and Sanborn, has joined Beaverton Christian Church’s leadership team as the new Worship Pastor.

Knight, who has been leading music and worship ministries in both small and large churches since 1998, comes to Beaverton Christian from Grace Church in Eden Prairie, a church of 5,000 members, where he served in the music and worship ministry for eight years.   

“In this new position, he will be responsible for the development of a worship ministry capable of providing inspiring, instructive and productive music experiences in worship through individual, congregational, choral and ensemble music," explained Executive Pastor Dan Ferguson. "He will work closely with the teaching pastor to develop worship services that support and enhance the message of the day.

“We’re really excited to have Phil join the staff … He brings a passion for leading God’s people in worship and a heart for the local church.  He and his wife Jen will be a special blessing to the church family.” 

Prior to joining Grace Church in 2005, Knight was the contemporary music minister at Southtown Baptist Church in Bloomington, Minn. Earlier, he was director of contemporary worship at St. James United Methodist Church in Niagara Falls and a music minister at the Church of Resurrection in Sanborn.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to help build the worship ministry at Beaverton Christian Church,” Knight said. “I’m passionate about leading people in worship and pointing them to Jesus. I love developing a team, helping them grow and flourish, and setting them up for a win.  I’m most passionate about seeing lives transformed and people drawn to the cross by the power of the Holy Spirit in worship.”

Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Knight accepted Christ in high school at a Youth for Christ Conference, and dedicated his life to Christian service during a mission trip a few years later. In 2011, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministry from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn., graduating Magna Cum Laude. He and his wife Jen have been married for five years and have two children, Conner and Brielle.