Today is the feast day of Philip and James the Less, two of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Both of them played significant roles in the early Christian church. Philip Philip was one of the first disciples called by Jesus. He was from Bethsaida in Galilee, the same town as the apostles Andrew and Peter. The Gospel of John provides the most information about Philip. He is mentioned as the one who introduced Nathanael (also known as Bartholomew) to Jesus (John 1:43-51). In another instance, Jesus tested Philip's faith by asking him where they could buy bread to feed a large crowd (John 6:5-7). Philip is also portrayed as a mediator, helping some Greeks who wanted to see Jesus (John 12:20-22).