About the Authors

Dr. Bruce McCracken

Bruce was born and raised in Aldan, a small suburb of Philadelphia, PA. He is the oldest of three sons raised in a Christian home. He attended Aldan Union Church. Both of these influences greatly shaped his spiritual development. A Sunday School teacher led him to Christ when he was 8 years old.
He completed a B.A. in Christian Education from Taylor University in Upland, IN where he met his wife Karen.

Karen and Bruce were married September 7, 1974. Their honeymoon was a long drive from Philly to Des Moines towing a  U-haul! They served as youth pastors of the Evangelical Covenant Church, in Des Moines, IA for 5 years.

From Iowa they literally moved home, to Karen’s home church in Havertown PA. where they served as youth pastors for three years.

Bruce and Karen moved to Deerfield, IL to complete a Master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. While finishing his master’s thesis and beginning the doctoral program at TEDS, the Lord called them to Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA.

Bruce completed his doctorate (Ph.D.) from Trinity in 1993. He has served as Chair of the Christian Education Department for 16 years, and the Dean of Undergraduate Education for 6 years.

Bruce founded House on the Rock Family Ministries in 1988 as an extension of his speaking and teaching ministry at LBC. It was through the prodding of several elders from his home church that he initiated launching full time in this venture.

Bruce currently serves as a member of Pat Morley’s Man in the Mirror’s faculty. He has also served on the faculties of: Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY and Messiah College in Grantham, PA.

Karen holds a masters degree from Penn State University and recently retired from teaching Physical Education at a local elementary school.

Bruce and Karen have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary and are the parents of two adult sons and are the proud grandparents of the cutest granddaughters!

Scott Phillips

Born and raised in the southern end of Lancaster County, Scott Phillips started attending Memorial United Methodist Church when he was two weeks old and accepted Christ there in 4th grade.  Scott is a speaker and writer at House on the Rock Family Ministries and speaks frequently throughout the south-central Pennsylvania area. Scott is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his speaking!

Scott earned a M.A. in Ministry degree from Lancaster Bible College. He lives near Smoketown, PA with his wife Mary and their 3 young children.

Scott recently published his first book, “How Hard Could It Be?,” which discusses how for many couples achieving the “oneness” of marriage that is described in the Bible is a difficult challenge because they spend so much of their time in two very different worlds – one at home, the other at work. “How Hard Could It Be” discusses the challenges of being a stay-at-home parent from a guy’s perspective and how the working parent and stay-at-home parent can and must support each other’s roles and responsibilities.  Check it out here!

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