Doug Phillips resigned as president of Vision Forum Ministries on Oct. 30 after admitting to engaging in an extramarital relationship with a woman. Phillips announced he is canceling all speaking engagements and would no longer act as a ministry leader, although he will continue as owner of the for-profit Vision Forum Inc. Phillips said he did not “know” the woman in a biblical sense, but he called the relationship “romantic and affectionate.” Phillips and his wife, Beall, have eight children.
Abdi Warsame, 35, became the highest-elected Somali in the United States on Nov. 5 after winning a seat on the Minneapolis City Council. Warsame, a community organizer endorsed by the liberal Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, settled in Minneapolis in 2006, more than a decade after scores of Somalis began arriving in the city to escape civil war in their native country. Somalian voters played a key role in helping Warsame defeat a 12-year incumbent. “I’m an American who happens to be Somali. … This is my base and I’m proud of that,” he said.
Chick-fil-A president and CEO Truett Cathy, 92, is retiring after 46 years on the job. Cathy, a devout Christian, began the fast-food giant in 1967 and built it to more than 1,700 stores in 39 states—all of which remain closed on Sundays. Cathy will remain as chairman emeritus while his son, Dan Cathy, takes over as president and CEO of the chain that brought in more than $4.6 billion in 2012. A company statement said Truett Cathy will now focus on entrepreneurial work, including Truett’s Luau, a new restaurant opening in Fayetteville, Ga. in December.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, 39, has declared his candidacy for Congress, saying Americans would be shocked to know what’s happening inside the Obama White House. Bongino quit the Secret Service after 12 years amid a “fog of scandals” that he claims are “worse than people know.” Bongino, who failed in a bid for the U.S. Senate last year, will run as a Republican against incumbent Maryland Democrat John Delaney. The Secret Service says Bongino is only trying to draw attention to himself: His book, Life Inside the Bubble, comes out this month.
Anne Ortlund died on Nov. 4 at age 89. Ortlund served for 20 years on staff at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, Calif., where her husband, Ray—the voice of the “Haven of Rest” worldwide radio broadcasts—was senior pastor. Ortlund traveled the world speaking with her husband and the two wrote 26 books together. Ortlund carried on the couple’s ministry, Renewal Ministries, after her husband died in 2007. Ortlund’s son, Ray Ortlund Jr., now runs the ministry.
Perry Inhofe, 52, son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., died Nov. 10 in an airplane crash near Tulsa. Inhofe, an orthopedic surgeon, was flying a 1974 Mitsubishi aircraft when it went down five miles north of the Tulsa International Airport. Jim Inhofe, 79, who had quadruple bypass surgery last month, has been a pilot for more than 50 years and sometimes flies his own plane to campaign stops around the state. In September, Perry Inhofe’s 16-year-old son, Cole, made his first landing to continue the family tradition.