Phil and Jami
Phil and Jami met at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia in September of 2002. They courted for nine months and knew that God was calling them to be a team for His service. On June 21, 2003, Phil and Jami were married and immediately God began to use them in ministry. Knowing Phil’s Spanish language skills (due to growing up in Mexico), Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church asked Phil to start a Sunday School class for Hispanics. After a while, the class grew and the class members wanted to be able to worship in their heart language. A couple of years later, God opened the door for the Hispanic Sunday school class to become a church of their own and in November of 2005, Phil and Jami planted Iglesia Bautista Luz y Verdad (Light and Truth Baptist Church) where Phil served as pastor for over nine years.
In October 2012 and 2013, Phil was invited to preach the anniversary service at a pastor friend’s church in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. In 2013, on their way home from their trip to San Luis Potosi, Phil and Jami knew that they were being called to be full-time missionaries to San Luis Potosi, Mexico. So, in response to God’s call, they sold everything they had, raised their support for a year, and August 31, 2015, Phil and Jami moved to San Luis Potosi as full-time missionaries.
Phil is the son of Patrick and Imogene Covone who were missionaries to the Huasteca Region in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, for thirty five years. Both Pat and Imogene have gone home to be with the Lord. Phil spent the first twenty one years of his life in Mexico where he learned to read, write and speak the Spanish language fluently and learned the Mexican culture.
Although Phil grew up in a loving, Christian home, he did not surrender his life to God’s will and purpose until September 18, 1997 at Open Door Baptist Church in Walhalla, South Carolina. In the summer of 1998, Phil went on a mission trip with Open Door Baptist Church to Jonestown, Mississippi. On the way home, Phil heard God’s call to ministry. Shortly after that, he became the Hispanic Sunday School teacher for Open Door Baptist Church and that’s how Phil’s career in ministry began.
Jami grew up in Georgia with loving parents. At the age of 16, she gave her life to Christ and was baptized at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia. Soon after, God called her to a career in education, and she enjoyed teaching children and teens for 33 years. Teaching and administration has been Jami’s passion, and has served to prepare her for a future in ministry and missions.
After marrying Phil in 2003, Jami was able to participate in several short-term mission trips to Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, which introduced her to the Latin American culture. In 2005, Phil and Jami planted a Hispanic church in Georgia where she learned a lot more about the Latin American culture, and became prepared for full-time missions. In August of 2015, Phil and Jami moved to San Luis Potosi, Mexico as full-time missionaries. Her passion is to minister to teenage girls and women, and to share with them their value and hope in Jesus Christ.