"As the Father has sent me, even so, I am sending you." John 20:21
Who We Are and What We Do
Churches are called inward to worship and to grow disciples of Jesus. And they are sent outward to make more disciples of Jesus. The problem is, it’s easier to stay in than go out. The Philip Center exists to help churches and para-church ministries with their outreach. We help by initiating outreach ministires and growing outreach leaders.
Ministries: They may be as small as a Bible study to equip Christians to share their faith. Or they may be as large as a church plant.The Philip Center serves as a catalyst to help ministries start or revitalize their outreach.
Leaders: We’re also passionate about growing leaders with a mind and heart for sustainable gospel outreach. We do that through mentoring, seminars and online materials. As we initiate ministries, we focus on the leader or leaders it will take to sustain outreach. We believe that Christ has given “evangelists” to the church to sustain the work of outreach. So we help identify those leaders and mentor them to equip the whole church in fruitful outreach.
What We Believe
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, without error in its original form, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people and the final authority in all it affirms.
God has existed from all eternity as the Trinity. He is three persons, one essence, perfect, unchangeable. The creation, preservation and governance of all things are a matter of divine will and activity.
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, indivisible; eternal, not created; born of the Virgin Mary; the second person of the Trinity. Having lived a sinless life, he died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, acts as our mediator and will judge all humanity.
The Holy Spirit is fully God and seeks to glorify Jesus Christ. His work is to convict people of sin, regenerate the believing sinner and to reside in, guide, teach and give gifts and power to Christians for godly living and service.
The first man and woman were Adam and Eve, created in the image of God, as are all people. Adam and Eve sinned against God, imparting to the entire human race a sinful nature, corrupt in all its parts. Salvation from sin is by God’s grace, through faith, which is necessarily demonstrated in good works.
The only basis of salvation is Christ’s perfect life, His substitutionary, sacrificial death and His resurrection.
The true church is comprised of all those who have exercised saving faith in Christ and are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Members of the true church are also expected to be members in a local church and should actively serve in that church, as gifted by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the head of the church; it should be led by those who qualify for leadership according to the requirements of overseers.
The personal return of Christ is imminent and has a profound bearing on our lives in this present age. There will a bodily resurrection of the dead – believers will be resurrected to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord unbelievers will be resurrected to judgment and eternal, conscious torment.
Our Staff and Directors
Tim and Cindy Zulker founded The Philip Center in 2003. Tim served on the staff of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship at Princeton University from 1983 to 1994. He and Cindy then joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and moved to Providence, RI, and directed the campus ministry at Brown University until 2003. Tim holds degrees in English Literature (BA) from Eastern College, English Literature (MA) from Boston College and Christian Thought (MA) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He serves their church, Godspeed Fellowship, part-time as the teaching elder. In his spare time, Tim can be found at his kids’ swim meets, hiking in the woods or taming the great outdoors of his own backyard. Cindy joined the staff of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship in 1989 when she married Tim. She holds degrees in Psychology (BA) from Taylor University, in Counseling (MA) from Trenton State College and studied for an MA in Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Tim and Cindy, with their four children, make their home in Barrington, RI.
Rich and Susan Fulton joined the staff of The Philip Center in November of 2006. Rich served for many years in business management, and both he and Susan have served in their local churches in men’s and women’s ministries. Rich and Susan bring with them a love for sharing Christ, having come to faith as adults. They have expanded The Philip Center’s ministry in Connecticut and have served heartily by overseeing Philip Center events. Rich earned a BS in Business from Castleton State College, and Susan graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Sociology and from St. Joseph’s College with a Bachelors in Social Work. Rich and Susan have three children, and live in Seekonk, MA. Rich serves Godspeed Fellowship as an elder and Susan as a deaconess.
Eddy Capobianco grew up on Long Island and came to New England to study at Boston College and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Mary, came to faith as adults, and their testimony of a changed life is powerful and encouraging to all who know them. Eddy loves coaching soccer, discipling his three boys and competing in almost any sport. He and his family live in North Kingstown, RI, and are members of Godspeed Fellowship.
Geoff Freeman has served with Campus Crusade for Christ for the past 12 years at the University of Vermont, in Boston, and at Brown University. Geoff is currently serving as National Director of Development for Campus Crusade serving the Northeast. They have been married for 10 years and have four children.
Dave Mahan is the founder and director of The Rivendell Institute for Christian Thought and Learning in New Haven, CT. He has served in campus ministries at Virgina Tech, Springfield College and Yale University. He is a graduate of the Yale Divinity School and Cambridge University. Dave has authored An Unexpected Light: Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Michael O’Siadhail, and Geoffrey Hill. He and his wife Karen have three children and live in Hamden, CT. They are members of St. Johns Episcopal Church in New Haven, where Dave is also the Senior Warden.
Bauer Evans grew up in the Philadelphia area, and came to New England in 2001 as part of a church plant from Covenant Fellowship Church in Philadelphia. Bauer is currently the pastor of Crossway Church in Franklin, MA. Prior to his ordination in 2002, he was a social studies teacher for 13 years in public, private and Christian high schools. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastors College in May 2000, and completed a 12-month church planting internship before coming to Massachusetts. He holds a Masters in Education from West Chester University and a BA in Political Science from Bucknell University. He is currently enrolled in Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary’s Master’s in Divinity program. Linda earned a degree in commercial design from Drexel University and worked for commercial design firms in Philadelphia. Following the arrival of their four children, she became a full-time mom and homeschool teacher. The Evans live in Attleboro, MA.
How is The Philip Center Funded?
The Philip Center is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) ministry. We depend on the generous donations of individuals and churches who care about the outreach and understand the challenges of keeping it going. We want you to give because you believe this ministry is strategic. And we want you to give out of the passion of your heart. You can match your own interests to The Philip Center in different ways, by starting here. For example, you can give to a project. Choose from the drop down menu and select a project that sparks your passion for giving. Or you can give to a staff member. You may want your contribution to go to a particular person — full-time staff or an intern. Choose their name from the dropdown menu. You can also give to the general fund. You gift will be put toward all of these projects equally. Choose “General Fund” from the dropdown menu.