Phil Birkey



Bunker Hill, Ind.



Wife, Esther


Major in college:

Economics, Minor in Communication


Bluffton graduation year:



Why I chose Bluffton University:

I chose Bluffton because of its community of Respect. I couldn't imagine a better learning environment than one in which members of the community care about and trust each other. When I came for a visit, I was very impressed by how friendly and welcoming it all was.

My wife and I chose to come back to work at Bluffton for a variety of reasons. For me though, as a Mennonite student at Bluffton, I was really able to explore my faith in depth. That exploration led me to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and go to Bangladesh for four years - which is not something I would have dreamed I would ever do! I have had a wealth of experiences thanks to Bluffton and I'm really passionate about passing that forward to others so they can leave their mark on the world around them.


Sports, bread baking, international development, spending time with friends and family, and laughing 


Recruitment territory:
Ohio counties: Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Williams


Out of State:

Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia and all Mennonite students