Pastor Philip Schielke was born in 1971 in Sheffield, United Kingdom, to Rev. Frederick and Gail Schielke, where Pastor Fred Schielke was serving his first call out of seminary. As a pastor's family, they moved to Cable in Wisconsin, Fort Hood in Texas, and Ashland in Wisconsin. Philip graduated high school in Wisconsin and then received his BS in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis and PhD in Computer Science from Rice University.
While at Rice, Philip attended St. Matthew Lutheran Church where he met his wife Kerri, and they were married in 1997. After Completing his PhD, Philip worked at Texas Instruments, and Kerri worked as a Speech Language Pathologist. They adopted Jacob from Ukraine in 2001, and Benjamin and Esther from Russia in 2003. In 2004, the family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana to attend seminary. In 2007, Philip was assigned a vicarage in Kyrgyzstan with LC–MS World Mission where the family moved and spent one year. Due to visa issues the family was relocated to Kazakhstan in 2008. In 2009, Pastor received a call to be a theological educator in Kazakhstan. After ordination the family travelled to Kazakhstan, but Pastor was unable to enter the country due to persistent visa problems. They then relocated to Lexington, Texas where Pastor edited theological education DVDs for World Mission. In 2011, he accepted a call as Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Concordia University Texas where he served until accepting the call as pastor at Victory in Christ. During their time in Austin, the family attended St. Paul Lutheran Church, and Pastor did a fair amount of pulpit supply preaching at many area Lutheran congregations.