Phil Hoskins is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee. He attended East Tennessee State University, Milligan College, and is a graduate of Andersonville Baptist Seminary where he earned his Doctor of Theology degree.
For twelve years, Pastor Hoskins served as a full-time Southern Baptist evangelist, having conducted over four hundred revivals and crusades in twenty-eight states and Canada.
In January of 1991, Phil accepted the pastorate of Higher Ground Baptist Church in Kingsport. At that time, the church membership was under 200. Under the leadership of Pastor Hoskins, the church has grown to the present membership which now exceeds 3500, with over 2800 by baptism.
Pastor Hoskins and his wife, Brenda, have two special daughters, McKenzie Paige and Madison Jade.