Phil and Leanne both grew up in Christian homes in the Adelaide Hills but it wasn’t until they both recommitted their lives to Christ in their teens that God could lead them into their destiny in Him.
For all of their adult lives, they have been involved in serving in the church, in particular youth leadership and Eldership. While attending Stirling Family Church, Phil was looking for a speaker for a youth camp in 1994. It was through this that he connected with Ps Peter Nicholes who spoke prophetically the things Phil was looking to be imparted into the youth at the camp.
In 1995, Phil attended a conference at Southern Lights where Dr Jonathan David was the main speaker. This impacted him immensely and in 1997 he attended the Malaysian School of the Prophets.
Being a successful business person, Phil accepted a General Manager’s role in Orange, NSW in 2004 and moved his family there. The relationship between Ps Peter and Karen and the Tanner Family continued over the years. In October 2008, the Excelerate Discipleship Training (EDT; formerly Master’s Commission) team visited Orange and released an “Open Heaven” over Colour City Church in which Phil and Leanne were both involved in leadership roles, Phil serving as an Elder. This transformed the lives of the whole family.
While attending “The International Business Summit” in Muar, Malaysia in September 2009, God spoke clearly to Phil about moving to Southern Lights. At the same time, God spoke the same message to Leanne in the middle of the night back in Orange, NSW.
The Tanner Family moved to Southern Lights Skye in 2010. Since that time, both Phil and Leanne have been trained through EDT. Two of their three children, Renee and Josh have also been trained through EDT with their youngest child, Luke keen to be discipled, trained and empowered also when he completes high school.
Phil and Leanne both has a grace for pastoral care, mentoring, coaching couples into marriage and leading within the church. Phil has a heart for Kingdom Businesses to be successful and uses his own businesses to see others succeed in this area as well. Leanne is involved in Southern Lights and works closely with the Pastoral Team in various roles within the Training and Connecting departments. Both have a heart to see people released into their God given destiny and to live an abundant life from a foundation of truth.