Happy 25th, Phil and Kim!

Phil and Kim Collingsworth

This month, Phil and Kim Collingsworth celebrate their 25th anniversary of music ministry together. Next month, they will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

Phil Collingsworth shared the story of their first concert date together in a 2009 interview we conducted. He said:

DJM: When did you start touring with Kim?
Phil: Well, in a church setting where we did extended-length revival meetings and church conventions and camp-meetings, we started six weeks before we were married, in August of 1986. We did a fill-in at a camp-meeting in Petersburg, Michigan, when the song evangelist’s nephew died unexpectedly. They had to leave, and that left the last weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) without any special singers. It was a decent size gathering of maybe 400 people, and they had no special musicians all of a sudden.

Kim’s dad was the evangelist, so the president of the church camp came up to him and said, “Do you think your daughter and her fiancée would finish the camp-meeting for us?”

So we threw our stuff in the car, grabbed her brother to go with us as our chaperone (since we weren’t married yet), and headed up to Michigan. We put repertoire together and every day we would just rehearse more and more repertoire, and we sang out the rest of the camp meeting. That was our first engagement.

During their first fourteen years of music ministry together, they primarily performed at revivals and camp-meetings across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. This built a base of loyal fans and friends which stayed with them after their transition to touring nationally and offering full concert programs about ten years ago.

Congratulations on a quarter-century of ministry, Phil and Kim, and on your upcoming 25th wedding anniversary!

Join me in congratulating them in the comments. (I will pass these comments along to their office.)

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  1. Congratulations, Phil & Kim, for 25 years of spreading the Gospel in song! May the Lord continue to bless you both with many more years of blessings.

  2. Congratulations to you both, Phil and Kim, on your 25th. I heard you and your family recently at Red Deer here in Alberta and fell in love with you music, what a blessing. God bless you richly.

  3. Happy Anniversary!!!! May God Bless you all!


  4. Congratulations on 25 years!

    Longevity in ministry and marriage is something to celebrate!

    God bless you!