About Us


Bum Phillips Charities was created by Bum and Debbie Phillips in 2010 as the base for a Retreat Center and as a fundraising organization for the charities that have touched their hearts over their many years of charitable work. The Phillips’ have donated considerable acreage of their Goliad, Texas ranch to create the Bum Phillips Retreat.

Purpose of Bum Phillips Retreat

The retreat, owned and operated by Bum Phillips Charities, hosts many activities and events year-round. Events will include retreats for leadership teams for different ministries, pastoral retreats, grief recovery fellowship as well as fundraising events for local charities and special needs. Bum Phillips Charities also encourages the active use of their retreat for Christian ministries and actively supports the prison ministry of Mike Barber Ministries and Tommy Maxwell’s Dallas-based Coaches Outreach.

Mission Statement

Support Christian ministries serving those who are the least of us as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:34-40 through financial support and the use of our retreat facilities.

>Bum Phillips Charities> is a 501(c)3 public charity.  All donations are tax deductible.


Mike Barber Ministries

Prisons are where society tries to lock up problems. What’s the answer? Check the current statistics. Will we just continue to lock people up until more are behind bars than not? Will those of us in the free world continue to pay and pay and pay to house more and more criminals? Where will it stop? Will it ever end? It can. At Mike Barber Ministries, we have proven that lives of men and women can be turned around. We see it every day. We reach them through crusades and outreaches, our “Weekends of Excitement.” and through our Satellite Ministry, we have the opportunity to speak to over 400,000 inmates at once. Soon, we hope to have a satellite dish in every prison in the nation, to provide not only spiritual help, but educational programs as well. We have found that when people have a sense of worth and a feeling of purpose for their lives, they will naturally begin to work toward fulfilling it. All they needs a chance. Will you help us give them one?

Click here to visit Mike Barber Ministries

Coaches Outreach

Coaches Outreach seeks to build coaches of conviction by encouraging and equipping coaches and their spouses to have Christ-like character through practical application of biblical truth.

Coaches Outreach grew out of Bible study that was started at the Texas High School Coaches Association in 1987. This study still meets to this day.

The first Summer Marriage Conference was held in 1990 with 18 couples. Encouraged with the lives that were changed at the 1990 retreat, Coaches Outreach continued to grow as a volunteer organization until 1996. Many coaches felt that Coaches Outreach should be a full time ministry. Tommy Maxwell was asked to be the Executive Director and Coaches Outreach started as a full time ministry in June of 1997.Since then, Coaches Outreach has grown to have Summer Marriage Conferences in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, with hundreds of couples in attendance each year. Approximately 1900 coaches are currently participating in Coaches Outreach Bible studies, with more added each spring and fall.

>Click here to visit Coaches Outreach