Pastor Phillip Davis of Greater Shiloh Church Recovered from Heart Attack, Now Advocate for Good Health
Pastor Phillip Davis has much to be grateful for these days. While there has been an increased number of pastors and leaders in the church dying at the pulpit on Sunday morning, thankfully he escaped that cycle.
Pastor Davis is the senior pastor at Greater Shiloh Church in Easton. He commented on the recent heart attack he had during a Sunday service on year ago:
“I’ve learned some great lessons.”
The tightness in his chest came out of nowhere as he attended a Sunday service at the First Baptist Church of Washington in Warren County. He was rushed to the hospital and was told the cause of his heart attack was by a 100 percent blockage in an artery.
Now, almost a year ago, Davis and others at his South Side congregation are organizing a 5K walk and run to celebrate good health.
Davis has cut meat from his diet and has shed 25 pounds in the last year. He’s committed himself to an exercise regimen, and has brought many of his flock along.
Davis challenged church members to join in his crusade, and they’ve lost a collective 800 to 1,000 pounds, he said.
“I felt empowered to tell the congregation to become more aware of not only our spiritual health but of our physical health in general,” the 46-year-old said. “I put a theme out to the church to put your house in order.”
Davis said the effort has focused on five Fs: faith, family, finances, fitness and future.
The 5K Walk/Run of Faith will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the church at 403 Pastor Fred Davis St. in Easton — the street named for Davis’ late father, an Easton civil rights leader who died in 2005 of a heart attack.
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