The Woman . . .
"Large active Italian family"
aptly describes Phyllis' early years at home in Minneapolis, growing
up with four brothers and two sisters. At the tender age of
three, at her own request, Phyllis was introduced to the Lord as she
knelt with her mother, Marguerite Annoni, at a sunny kitchen window
and repeated a prayer of repentance. Neither recalls what
precipitated her request that day; but following that prayer, she
responded with tears streaming down her face, "I feel so clean
Since that early encounter with
the Shepherd, Phyllis has followed His path for her life with joy,
grateful for His grace when her steps have faltered and for His
guidance through difficult choices. After attending North
Central University, she married Tom Benigas, the love of her life,
and has served alongside him for the past 40 years in ministry to
youth and young adults. At the present, Tom serves as a short-term
world missionary, speaks at conferences and churches and serves as
an advisor on several boards and foundations. Both are proud of their two married
children who serve the Lord and minister with fervor in local
Phyllis was humbled by the
opportunity to serve on the Assemblies of God World Missions Board
as well as manage A/G missionary itineration in Florida. It
gives her great joy to assist missionaries, heroes to say the least,
in raising their funds and returning to their field of calling.
With a personal ministry to women,
Phyllis enjoys speaking at women's meetings, retreats and
conferences. She comments, "It is a delight for me to share
with women the blessing that comes from stepping past our struggles,
our insecurities and heartaches, into an understanding of our
purpose. Once we discover the fulfillment that comes from a
daily intimate relationship with our creator, our challenges no
longer rob us of peace and joy but become the instruments of growth
and character-building they are intended to be."