Melissa Wootton Phillips was raised in Korea by missionary parents, Jim and Mary Lou Wootton. She married Doug Phillips of Springfield, Illinois, and they were proud parents of Laura Phillips Adams and Melinda Phillips Holler.
Melissa was on staff of the Illinois Baptist State Association her entire career, including her last years as Associate Executive Director of the Church Cooperation Team.
She served as Vice President for Illinois WMU.
In her church, Springfield Southern Baptist, she was a leader for Mission Friends, Children in Action, and Acteens.
As WMU Director, she was a strong missions advocate. Her contagious love for missions brought many to tears and caused them to get out their checkbooks!
Janet Craynon, honoring Illinois missions leader, Melissa Phillips.