SAMUEL BOYD PHILLIPS, 95, of Mill Valley, CA, retired Elder, District Superintendent, and Director of Missions and Church Extension in the Indiana UMC, passed away on October 17, 2021.

No public services are planned at this time.

He is survived by his sister, Janette Baughman; son, Robert (Caron Stapleton) Phillips; daughter, Amy (Dan Rice) Phillips; and granddaughters, Emily and Olivia Phillips.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Peralta United Methodist Church at 25 Wesley Road, Peralta, NM 87042.

Condolences can be sent to the family addressed to his son, Robert Phillips, at 405 Wendy Way, Mill Valley, CA 94941, or

  • Samuel Boyd Phillips
  • Mill Valley, Califonia
  • 95
  • Rev. Phillips graduated from Garrett Biblical Institute with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained an elder in the Northwest Indiana Conference in 1958. Prior to studying for the ministry, he worked in business and industry and served in the U.S. Army in World War II. Phillips served as a pastor to numerous congregations including LaPorte Methodist Church, Lakeville Methodist Church, Monticello Methodist Church, and Senior Pastor at Methodist Temple United Methodist Church in Evansville, IN. Phillips also served as a District Superintendent and Director of Missions and Church Extension for the South Indiana Conference. He was a board member for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the General Board of Global Ministries, the Committee on the Status and Role of Women, the United Methodist Children’s Home, and DePauw University Board of Trustees. Phillips was among the first in the 1960s and 1970s in the Indiana UMC to publicly endorse and support civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights, and the peace movement.

  • 10/17/2021
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  • Robert Phillips, son (Caron Stapleton, daughter-in-law)
    Amy Phillips, daughter (Dan Rice, son-in-law)
    Emily and Olivia Phillips (granddaughters)

  • Memorial Contributions may be sent to:
    Peralta United Methodist Church
    25 Wesley Rd.
    Peralta, NM 87042

  • Condolences may be sent Robert Phillips (son of Samuel Phillips) at:
    405 Wendy Way
    Mill Valley, CA 94941