By Faith Hoyt, with Connie Jeffery
Phil Draper retires this February, following over 17 years of serving as the communication director for the Arizona Conference.
Draper began working for the church in 1967. He spent 10 years in music evangelism with Kenneth Cox and 11 years as Voice of Prophecy’s Development Director—also accompanying Del Delker and as organist for the VOP broadcast. “Traveling all over the world with evangelistic teams bringing Jesus to the multitudes has been amazing,” he reminisced. “Music, of course, has given me so many unforgettable experiences for a lifetime.”
In November of 2003, Draper accepted the call to work in the Arizona Conference as communication director. “The desert was so different from what I had loved about California,” Draper said, describing his hesitancy to take the call. “But I immediately fell in love with the family atmosphere of the staff and realized I had a new home! All the details of my job were a perfect fit.”
Regarding this role in the church, Draper believes communication is an integral piece of our faith community. “People get information from so many various sources,” he said. “It’s important to present the current facts from our conference and church leaders to our members as they develop. I have especially enjoyed preparing the Arizona Connect newsletter from Arizona Conference President Ed Keyes. He keeps it current, and our members are aware of the work in process.”