Our History

The vision to eliminate water scarcity and take the Gospel to all of Liberia, West Africa by the year 2020 was birthed in 2008 by Christian young adults at a church in Washington D.C. led by Todd Phillips.

Together, they were inspired by the movie Amazing Grace that chronicled the life of William Wilberforce who is credited with the historic feat of ending the slave trade in England. Together, they set out to make their own history and rallied around the cause of providing a nation access to clean water and the good news of Jesus Christ.

Todd relocated his family and the non-profit organization to the Dallas area in 2011. Though he continued raising money and awareness around the cause of water scarcity, waterborne illnesses and water related death in Liberia, a year later the organization’s efforts began to slow.

In the Spring of 2013, a fundraiser was held in Heath, Texas with the intention of revitalizing efforts to complete the mission of bringing water and the Gospel to the entire nation of Liberia by 2020.

What began as a vision-casting dinner with five couples grew into an interest meeting of more than 150 potential donors. As a result of that now historic gathering, the organization received over $3 million in funding and donor commitments. In June of the same year, Todd was appointed Executive Director of The Last Well and asked to oversee the organization’s operations full time.

Since 2008, The Last Well has reached over 750,000 Liberians with water and the Gospel.