I grew up my entire life as a preacher’s kid. My father was my Pastor or Asst. Pastor for as long as I can remember. I have been raised to love the ministry and as a result I was saved in the Spring of 1996. I surrendered to the call to preach shortly thereafter and volunteered to go and preach the gospel on the mission field of Ireland. God accepted my volunteer and has opened door after door for me to go to Ireland. I was home schooled and graduated in the Spring of 2000. I then attended Midwestern Baptist College where I graduated with a Pastor’s Degree in the spring of 2005. I met my wife there in college and we were married on June 25th, 2004. I worked as the Assistant Pastor for my father Dr. Darren Tharp in Ionia, MI from the summer of ’05 until the summer of ’10. God moved us to Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, IL and we officially began deputation in October of ’10. The ministry has been quite a roller coaster of experience for me but I could not see myself doing anything else in the world and being truly happy. I love serving God and cannot wait to get to Ireland!
I was raised in a Christian home and realized my need to accept Christ at a young age. I surrendered as a teenager to serve the Lord with my whole heart and life. At this time, I told God I’d even be willing to serve Him on a foreign mission field, if that’s what He’d have me to do. I sought the Lord’s will in earnest prayer throughout my high school and college years in regards to both a place to serve Him, and a Godly husband with whom I could serve. The Lord directed my path to Midwestern Baptist College, where I met the man God had been preparing just for me. Three weeks after graduating with a Bachelor in Sacred Music, I married God’s perfect will for my life–Phil Tharp! I feel it is my calling to follow my husband, and to be his help-meet in every aspect of life, home and ministry. I’m thankful the Lord has allowed us to share this burden for the souls of Ireland, and given us each a heart of love and compassion for the Irish people. Though full-time ministry comes with its challenges, I feel blessed and privileged to serve the Lord in whatever way He allows, and am thankful for the daily safety, contentment, and pure joy that’s found in the center of His will!
Our Birthdays and Anniversaries
Philip & Monica’s Anniversary – June 25th, 2004
Philip – 10/5
Monica – 9/27
Darren – 9/12/05
Katie – 1/20/08
Nathan – 6/7/11
Lillian – 7/26/13
The Lord has blessed us with children! Darren is our oldest. He is currently 7 years old and is a constant source of laughter. Katherine (Katie) is 5 years old and is growing up very quickly. In April of 2010, Simeon, our third child was still-born at 5 months along. Simeon makes the eternal hope of Heaven a little sweeter for us. God has now blessed us with a fourth child. Our son, Nathan is two now and he is our precious gift from God. Lillian was born in good health on July 26th of 2013. Praise the Lord!