Philip, William


Rev, Dr William James Unwin Philip, MB ChB, MRCP, BD was born in Edinburgh in 1967. His father, James Philip, was minister of Holyrood Abbey Church. Through university and subsequent years working in medicine in Aberdeen, William was a member of Gilcomston South Church where William Still, his father’s great friend (after whom he was named), ministered for 52 years. The influence of both these men was formative for William’s life and ministry, shaping his convictions about expository ministry and prayer and teaching him to love great hymnody. Both were very musical and saw sung praise as an integral, not incidental, part of the corporate meeting both preparing for and responding to the ministry of the word.

William trained as a medical doctor at the University of Aberdeen, specialising in cardiology, before entering ministry in the Church of Scotland. He was an Assistant Minister in a parish in Aberdeen, before moving to London in 1999 to be Director of Ministry at The Proclamation Trust until 2004, when he was called to St George’s Tron Church in Glasgow. In 2006 he began Cornhill Scotland, retaining strong links with The Proclamation Trust. The congregation left the Church of Scotland in 2012, but he remained senior minister at the Tron, and is Chairman of Cornhill Scotland.

William has been published:
Teaching John (with Dick Lucas); Teaching Matthew (with David Jackman); The Law of Promise; Why We Pray; Songs for a Saviour’s Birth;

Hymns and songs by Philip, William

Number Hymn Name
1241 In counsels of eternity