Stephanie and Dan Phillips (right) enjoy making memories with their three sons (from left), Owen, 13, Joel, 11, and Luke, 9. Soon after meeting 20 years ago, Stephanie and Dan were eager to become parents and cultivate a faith-centered family.
Faith in Christ is central to Stephanie and Dan’s personal and family life. They are both involved in their church, Potter’s Hope Ministries in Leitchfield. Attending weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays, Dan ushers, and Stephenie sings in the choir. They make a point to instill a love for church and God in their sons as well.
Nine-year-old Luke shares that his favorite moments with his dad are when they just talk together. Dan expresses an interest in understanding what their love language is. I would say all of them have a quality time component to them. So in some cases just being present and doing activities and trying to foster hobbies that we can continue on. Things in the outdoors, fishing and hunting, and those things we can share for a lifetime.
Abdelouahid Zerki (from left) and Abdelhakim Sellak, “experienced technicians” visiting from the plant in Tangier, Morocco, share findings and guidance with one of the maintenance and production teams at the plant in Leitchfield regarding machine maintenance. Dan (center) listens attentively while his colleague Industrial Performance Manager Mohamed Abdellatif (standing right) interjects to translate from Arabic to English for his colleagues.
For roughly an hour every morning, Dan walks the plant floor inspecting machines and briefly checks in with machine operators to learn about any concerns from the night before. When things malfunction, he responds in a measured and level-headed fashion focusing swiftly on ways to empower his team to design the best execution of solutions.
Luke (center) stirs lentil soup in the pressure cooker while Joel observes as they patiently wait for Dan to return home from a midweek Chamber of Commerce meeting. Stephanie says she always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom just like her mother, and after she and Dan moved to Kentucky from their home in Ohio, they didn’t have the option to call on family to watch the boys.
Dan and Stephanie both come from families who experienced divorce and recount wanting something different from the relationships with their parents. “My father was a good dad, but maybe wasn’t the best husband,” remembers Dan. When the couple began building their family, they were both inspired by an opportunity to be the parents they wished they had. After meeting Stephanie, he says, “There was an intentionality to make it work and stick it out with Christ being first in our marriage.”
Dan (from left), Owen and Luke bow their heads in prayer before tucking into a meal at one of their favorite restaurants in Leitchfield, Las Palmas Mexican Grille.
Joel, 11, speeds across their expansive lawn on his four-wheeler. He and his brother Luke share a fascination with their dad’s handiness and knowledge of how to build things from scratch and make their house a home.
Stephanie reminisces how she met Dan through a mutual friend from their local church, saying they hit it off instantly. “I knew looking at him he was going to be a leader even though he was just a college kid. I mean, I don’t know how I knew that, but I knew that he would be a leader.” The couple built a home on an 18-acre plot of land in Clarkson, where they continue to make memories with their three sons.