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Emerald Coast Leadership College "cohort," located in Panama City, Florida, operates in partnership with SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary to enhance the distance education that SUM provides. SUM is a fully accredited Bible College that is training men and women to proclaim Christ throughout the cities of our world! At the Emerald Coast Leadership College cohort you will be able to gather with like-minded SUM students in a dynamic classroom environment while fulfilling the SUM experiential ministry and spiritual training requirements via the practical hands-on ministry training and transformational mentorship provided by Emerald Coast Leadership College.

Visionary Leadership

Pastor Phil Edwards


Pastor Phil Edwards has for over 30 years been at the helm at First Assembly of God. His caring leadership has guided the church through many seasons; now his experiences and wisdom have become a relative mine for students who come and study at SUM Panama City. Pastor Phil took over First Assembly in his late 20's with experience as a youth pastor, a call and the ability to pray. He has grown into a respectable and influential voice in the West Florida District of the Assemblies of God, filling the role of Assistant Superintendent for multiple terms. Similarly, he works with the courts and Teen Challenge to bring the hope of Christ to many who would otherwise be hopeless. He is a proud husband, father, and grandfather!

Cohort Advisor

Ben Pitman

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Ben has worked with First Assembly since 2011 and works closely with multiple departments in the church. Before coming into the ministry, Ben worked in his native, Australia as a High School Teacher. He works as a teacher's assistant with SUM as he completes his M.Div. Ben is a proud husband and father of two sweet girls.


First Assembly
1701 N. East Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405

Phone: 850-769-3558


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