March 25, 1977 – March 15, 2021
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28 ESV
Philip Heidt went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2021, at home and surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. While we mourn in his passing, we rejoice as he was called to his eternal home to be with his Savior.
Philip will be greatly missed by his wife, Amber and their four children, Violet, Levi, Maxwell and Ciel, his parents, Roger & Heather Heidt and his siblings, Steve Heidt (Jenny), Elisabeth Hymus (Mark) and Esther Bettney (Dave). Philip was deeply loved by his many nieces and nephews and his extended family, Casey & Lisa McEathron, Vicki Oostema and Cindy Kubitz of Washington and the Heidt and Hannah families in Ontario, Canada. He passionately shared God’s truth and love with those he came in contact with in Ontario, Virginia, Texas, California and Oregon.
Philip was born on March 25, 1977 and grew up as the oldest of four in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Philip met Amber at college when he was 22 years old and his life was never the same. Philip and Amber were married in 2003. He graduated with his Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Soon after, they moved to Redondo Beach, California, where he served as a pastor. While in California, God blessed Philip and Amber with the birth of their four wonderful children. In 2018, Philip moved with his family to Portland, Oregon to become the pastor of Christ Community Church in Tualatin.
Philip loved exploring with his family, from kayaking at Lost Lake, to camping and fishing all over Oregon. Philip enjoyed taking pictures, watching birds outside his window, playing boardgames with his family, and telling “dad jokes”. He was a committed and loving husband and dad and was often seen wearing his favorite “Team Amber” hat.
When recently asked to describe their dad, his children said he carried his Bible wherever he went, so he could share the Gospel. Philip lived out his faith and longed to be in his heavenly home. As he recently wrote, “At this forever home, we’ll settle into an indescribable joy of finally being back with the Being who built us to thrive in his worship. At this home, he will forever and fully heal us – body and soul! Consider the feeling of finding yourself forever home.”
Saturday, March 27, 2021
May 4, 2021
Back in 2000 I was a student at Liberty University. Philip worked in the mailroom. We would talk from time to time. College was hard. I would talk with Philip often- he mentioned he was going to be an RA in the fall. He worked to get me in his dorm. It was a great experience. We stayed in contact through the years. I moved to seattle, Philip was living in California- I went down to CA for a few days, we met up over lunch. He later moved to Portland. I am sad to read the news of his passing. He cared well for others
March 27, 2021
I first met Pastor Philip serving at a Laundry Love ministry for Journey South Bay. His kindness and compassion for the people there were very evident. I had the privilege of getting to know him better through that ministry.
Thank you Pastor Philip for teaching me so much about God through your life.
I miss you, my friend.
March 27, 2021
I met Philip, when he was attending, and living at the Dallas Seminary. We were both members of the Ross Ave. Baptist Church. Pastor Eddie Sanchez introduced me to Philip, and we became friends. I was struggling with alcoholism, and drug addiction, in those days. Philip prayed with me many times. I know he continued to pray for me, even when my actions were undeserving, in my opinion. He left a note on my car, when I was in an apartment in East Dallas, probably getting high. The note said that he missed me, and was praying for me. I found out days later, from Pastor Eddie, that my Mother had passed away. I missed her funeral, but Philip attended it. He will forever be in my heart ❤️
I wish I had a photo of the two of us, together. FYI, I have been clean and sober over 15 years now. Philip rejoiced with me about this ! We both praised God together about this, over the phone. Our periodic conversations will be greatly missed.
March 27, 2021
Thank you for that last online reunion before he passed. It makes people that loved him happy to know that we were there to wish him well one more time.
There was nothing more to say. Thanks for saying it all before you left. #47 I’ll always see you everywhere til I see u again.
Team Amber sounds like a cool hat 🤔 (thinking of ideas). Also my condolences, If there is anyone who loved Phil more than his friends it was definitely YOU. THANK YOU. You did great. As weird as that sounds, I hope you know that I mean that from my heart. Phillip had a very good wife that he needed in ways he was only progressively discovering and as he did, you were already there sacrificing behind him. You did so well.
You’re dad was one of my favorite people on earth. He was kind and cool and when I was friends with him in his 20s, he was always greeting life with arms wide open. Quietly in his way he was brave and knew when to fight. He was always true to himself and his friends. And he was as true to God as he could be. I didn’t get to know you but your dad never let normal stuff stop him or bring him down. If he was ever too deep into a feeling, He would go before the Throne and talk to His dad. His family meant a lot to him, even before you were born. I wasn’t always the coolest person in the room but he had the ability to let me see through his eyes that I didn’t have to let anything stop me either, especially if God was on my side about it.
I’m so sorry your dad died. It’s going to take a while for your souls/hearts to heal from all your questions with God. But be like your dad. You’re dad would always Go see God in private and tell the truth about how he felt and God would respond. Girls, listen to your mom she’s so smart about people. Boys, remember that true love is discovering what is best for another person and asking God to guide you and give you strength to do that even when your “done”. GB4nowPhil
Jim & Lynn Kelly
March 27, 2021
Our association with Philip began around the time of Philip and Amber's wedding. Amber was our daughter Taryn's best friend. Taryn was shy and reserved...and Amber was not! They were the perfect balance!! And inseparable! Amber joined Taryn at Liberty University in 1999. On September 7th, Taryn drowned in a swimming accident while Amber and friends were present. Needless to say this was devastating, but for our Lord that carried us through. We remained close with Amber and her family. When Amber and Philip married, Amber asked Jim to walk her down the aisle along with her step father. What an honor!! We were so proud of Amber and happy that she had met and married the love of her life!! She couldn't have picked a better person than Philip!
We have been separated by distance over the years....but our hearts have remained close. Imagining Taryn and Philip having a very animated conversation about a very special lady!!
Love you Amber!!
God will continue to carry you close to His heart!!!
Stephanie Thorn Cram
March 27, 2021
Pastor John Hagee once said, "The measure of a man's greatness is not the number of servants he has, but the number of people he serves." Philip Heidt was a humble servant and a wonderful pastor. I remember first visiting his church and asking him if he wanted me to call him Pastor Heidt and he simply said "Call me Philip." He didn't put on any airs but instead was very down to earth and welcoming to everyone he met. I look back with fondness for the years I got to be a part of Philip's congregation at Tree of Life Church in Redondo Beach, CA. I got to serve alongside him in various ministries including Laundry Love and on the worship team we started at church. I'm grateful for Philip who was instrumental in helping to strengthen my faith, hope, and trust in the Lord through the Life Group I was in, the many Bible studies he led, and through the sermons he preached on Sunday mornings.
Philip was really there for me when my grandma died. His words of comfort and peace really helped me and my family through the grieving process. He told me when she was near the end of her life that she was going to receive a miracle either here on earth or in heaven. Just like my grandma, Philip has received his miracle! He is no longer suffering or in pain but he gets to now stand face to face with His Creator and worship and praise Him for all eternity in his new home in heaven. Phiip always had a huge smile on his face but I bet his smile was bigger than ever as he heard the words of his good and gracious Heavenly Father, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"
My deepest condolences and prayers go out to Amber, Violet, Levi, Max, Ciel and to the entire Heidt family. May God be your comfort and refuge as you journey through these next weeks and months without Philip. What a blessed assurance it is that you will one day be reunited again and what a glorious day that will be!
March 26, 2021
Philip was such a light! Each time he came into the clinic, we all got a big smile because we knew we were in the presence of an amazing human being. Philip's faith was evident in each of our interactions and the unwavering kindness he always showed. I feel so honored to have gotten to cross paths with him, and will forever be changed by having known him. I remember he told us about his 80s inspired Christmas tree and how he had to pass on the glory of those days to his kids, tinsel and all! I loved that! I will miss seeing him, but will never forget his impact on our team. Sending prayers and an abundance of love to Amber and the kids.
March 26, 2021
It was such a blessing to be a part of Philip's care. He was a true joy and just an absolute super-hero. He was grateful, kind, joyful and still thinking of others when he, himself was in pain. Amazing!!! My last memory of Philip going to get ME one of the Chic Filet samples he brought and a coupon, as he was using a wheelchair to walk with! I should have been serving HIM. Since I know that his joy and love came from God, it was/is truly inspiring. Philip is the embodiment of one of my favorite quotes " a life that touches others goes on forever". He will never be forgotten :) Much love to his truly blessed children and to Amber.
March 26, 2021
I appreciated Philip for his love of God's word and his passion to impart deep understanding of one's faith. His sermons were so insightful and thoughtful. One of my favorite memories is taking the class/discussions he led on Pilgrim's Progress. The things I learned from going through that book together along with his sermons have brought so much encouragement and hope through different seasons of my faith. I am heartbroken and deeply sadden for his passing is a great and deep loss for Amber, Violet, Levi, Max, Ciel and his extended family. I hope it brings some comfort knowing how appreciated Philip was and the tremendous impact he has made to all those who have had the opportunity to learn from him. I can imagine him being in the presence of God in awe, rejoicing and having incredible discussions--his face beaming and glowing with his bright and wide smile as he is receiving perfect knowledge and understanding in the presence of the perfect Trinity. God bless you all.
March 25, 2021
If Phil was with us today it would be his 44th birthday. "Dear Jesus, would you please SHOUT through Heaven; Happy Birthday Phil, we love you and we miss you!"
It was great to see Phil at the Youth Aflame reunion in August 2017. Both at Parkdale Baptist Church (Belleville, Ontario) on Friday evening and at Pleasant Bay Camp (Consecon, Ontario) on Saturday. It had been a number of years since I saw Phil prior to this, so it was great to look at photos and share stories and memories from the Youth Aflame days. Unfortunately, it was a cool and cloudy start on the Saturday at Pleasant Bay so we did not water ski. However, Phil and I were able to joke about going rope skiing at a fall Youth Aflame Ministry Team retreat at Pleasant Bay. This will be my last memory of Philip on this side of Heaven. One day we will all meet again on the other side of Heaven.
I have many great memories of Phil, but one in particular was at a Youth Aflame winter retreat at Graphite Bible Camp (Bancroft, Ontario). We had a talent show on the Saturday evening and Phil did his impersonation of Billy Jean (Pastor Bill Geisel). It was extremely hilarious!
Some people in Canada have a swimming pool in their backyard or in winter an ice rink to play hockey. Phil liked to play beach volleyball and he desired to have a beach volleyball court in his family's backyard. With the help of family and friends the court was eventually complete with sand and a net. Phil would then use the court for a regular summer event he called "Volleyball and Verse". He used this as an opportunity to reach unsaved friends with the gospel by sharing verses with them after playing volleyball.
When I read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 and 1 Corinthians 15:58 I am reminded of Phil Heidt. Phil ran the race God set before him even while battling and suffering through cancer. Phil won the prize, a crown of life. Phil remained steadfast, unmoveable and abounded in the work of the Lord through the battle and suffering.
March 25, 2021
Pastor Philip was an excellent teacher. I really enjoyed all of his small classes. He devoted so much energy to prepare for the lessons and he shared his knowledge with compassion. I miss him.
David & Belinda Sudduth
March 25, 2021
It’s hard to imagine that the faithful fighter has left this world. We are overwhelmed with sadness, yet rejoice that Philip is at peace, no longer in pain, and in the presence of the Savior he loved to share with his flock.
Having served along side him at Journey South Bay, he was an inspiration as he shared in so many ways the love of Christ. We shall always be grateful for being blessed through his heart for God.
Amber and children - Our prayers are with you, trusting God to carry you through. He left an amazing legacy.
We Love You.
March 24, 2021
I Teased Philip and his David Beckham hairstyles
His Matt Damon WHITE shirt. ..untucked ofcourse!
Lunch with him in Kingston where he ordered the spiciest food 🤣
Asked me what the watery yellow Indian food he got in India 😂
He jumped into a river in India and said he knew something very big was swimming towards him😂
Looked forward to the golden crown Jesus would place on his head.
Gary and Sue Berezny
March 24, 2021
It's hard to describe in words, the sadness, the grief that we share with Phillip's family and friends. We know he will be greatly missed. We loved Philip. He led by example, a life of love and compassion, and a man of great faith in God. He is now celebrating, in heaven with Jesus, free from pain. He is hearing the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." We are grateful for his inspiration to live a life of faith in God's promises. Thank you Lord, for Phillip.
Sending much love to you all
Sue and Gary
March 22, 2021
My parents moved from Toronto to “The County” when I was in Western Canada pursuing my Bachelor’s degree. The first summer I came home and visited my parents new church, Parkdale Baptist, I didn’t know anyone. Philip walked right up and introduced himself, invited me to participate in the college & careers group and just generally helped me feel like I belonged. One summer we were both hired as summer interns at Parkdale and it was then that I really observed his heart for God and others.
A life like Philip’s will be making ripples for many years to come. My love and prayers to those closest to him❤️
March 21, 2021
I loved Philip from the moment we met. Even when his suffering was evident, his zeal for Jesus and his brotherly love simply bloomed. Getting to know his family motivated me to love him all the more. My dear friend and brother loved well and was well-loved. His time with us was too short; but it was God's time and the right time. I always felt welcome in his ministry. Now, I pray that we all may find comfort in God’s sovereign decision and the fact that Philip is rejoicing, welcomed, well and resting for eternity in the bosom of the Lover of his soul.
March 20, 2021
Philip, my dear friend, I will miss my friendship with you, our lunch meetings at Chick-fil-A and especially your devotion to the Word of the Lord. You extended a hand of friendship back in 2008 and I was lucky to have found it. Thank you for your prayers during difficult periods in my life. I’m glad to know you were there and that I could call you my friend. Rest In Peace and in the loving arms of Jesus. God bless you. Mark
March 20, 2021
Philip always blessed us with a testimony of love for his Lord, whether preaching or in a casual conversation. His character was always evident with the fullness of faith, hope and love!
March 19, 2021
Half of the time we were privileged to know Phillip, he had strong faith and boundless energy. The other half he fought cancer with a positive joy we've seldom experienced. He battled cancer with the spirit of Job who said, "Though he slay me, yet I will trust him."
Phillilp's faith in life and in the face of death never faltered. It was the goodness of God that allowed our journeys to intersect for a season.
May His grace, peace and strength rest upon the whole family now and forever.
In Christ's love,
Virgil and Cindy
STEVE AND SUE Aiken
March 18, 2021
We didn't know Philip personally but certainly knew his family. BLESSED with the heritage of a God centered family it is such a witness of their lives when we read about Philip and his ministry. A man after God's heart and loved by his creator. All our sympathy to his wife and children and certainly to the Heidt family. I'm sure he will be missed.
March 18, 2021
Philip will be missed. Philip's smile was a witness to His love for His Lord and Savior. He had so much compassion for people and I will never forget him. He helped me through some of my trials. He was at the hospital when I suffered a stroke. He came by the house and read from the word of God which was a great comfort to me. Philip also came to my mother's funeral and gave me and my family support and encouragement. Philip was a great example to all. He loved the Lord and was a great witness to all. I was so blessed to know Philip, as my pastor, and as a dear friend. My tears are for not seeing him on this earth but my Hope is seeing Philip again in our Heavenly Home.
Rest in peace. Love, Marlene
March 17, 2021
We are so incredibly sad to hear about Phil. Such a great guy. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love: Colin and Amy de Raaf
Alicia Charnigo (Young)
March 17, 2021
I am terribly saddened to hear of Philip's passing and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. I have very fond memories of Philip from school.
Jamie MacDougall (Paddon)
March 17, 2021
I remember Philip as being one of the nicest boys in elementary school. What a lovely family, too! Philip - it looks like you were an inspiration to many in your life, which doesn't surprise me at all!. Rest easy and God bless!