Philip and Bacilia Beisswenger

The Antioch Partners

Philip and Bacilia Beisswenger have been working with the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala (IENPG) since 2010. Together they facilitate partnerships between U.S. and IENPG churches, coordinating visits and mission projects. They have also planted a new Presbyterian church in Cobán, where they live. Philip coordinates development of Cobán’s Presbyterian Complex, a project that combines K-12 education, indigenous theological training, evangelism and social outreach. Bacilia helps host visiting groups in Cobán and “holds down the fort” with their three children, Matthew, Manuel and Estefana. Prior to serving with The Antioch Partners, they were Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-workers.

Philip grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. During his student years, Philip spent two years in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia. He graduated with highest honors from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and earned an MDiv at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1987. Since then he has served as pastor in a wide variety of settings – rural, small town, overseas, a homeless agency and urban, multi-cultural churches. Philip is an ordained pastor in the PC(USA). He has a son, Daniel, in the U.S. Air Force who lives in North Carolina with wife, Holli, and daughter, Eliza.

Bacilia is originally from Guatemala’s neighbor, Honduras. She has degrees in accounting and computer technology and met Philip while he worked in La Ceiba, Honduras for four years with the Methodist Church. Prior to coming to Guatemala, Bacilia was a ruling elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. In Guatemala City, she was a deaconess at Central Presbyterian Church and now directs the prayer and evangelism ministries of their congregation in Cobán.

Minimum Goal for

$10,000 for support funds