Philip grew up in Calgary with an older and younger brother, his mother and father. Due to his father’s alcoholism, he struggled with debilitating fear, hypervigilance and uncertainty about his life from an early age. As a reprieve from their trials at home, Philip’s mother began taking him to an Anglican church, where he became especially intrigued by stories in the New Testament where Christ saved people from suffering. The instability at home continued and by the age of ten he had asked to see a psychiatrist, was tormented by reoccurring nightmares and fought with an impending speech impediment. By the age of sixteen Philip began drinking and smoking drugs as an escape from his unrelenting torment. After three and a half years of addiction became inordinately despondent, losing his ability to speak for a further two and a half years. At the lowest point in Philip’s life he returned to the church, continuously prayed and sought professional help for his numerous dysfunctions. Then, after eighteen months, and at the point of giving-up, his church along with four other congregations hosted a healing conference led by speakers from the Vineyard Ministries. During this meeting Philip had an extraordinarily powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit, which would change his perspective and trajectory forever. Two months later he discovered Don Ross Ministries where divine healing and gifts of the Holy Spirit were a regular occurrence, and attended this meeting four to five times a week for the next fourteen years. During this time Philip had the privilege of observing countless instances of God’s supernatural intervention within his own life and the lives of others. At one point he was diagnosed with severe degenerative disc disease in his lower back and then miraculously healed. Contrary to the doctor’s prognosis, Philip has led an active life of competitive volleyball, downhill mountain-biking, downhill skiing and snowboarding for more than thirty years. The small and unpretentious ministry also sponsored him to attend Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas where he earned his Associate of Theology, began a career in Computer Technology, learned saxophone and participated in a one-month mission to Brazil and Argentina. Since returning from college Philip has held a deep vision within his heart to travel the globe and preach the Gospel to as may people as humanly possible. He has worked as an Information Technologist since 1989 and received his Certificate in Oracle Database Administration from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2003. Philip is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Tannis and proud father to three precious daughters; Makayla, Hannah and Chelsea. Philip enjoys travel, photography, sports and music.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NIV) 26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Humankind's greatest achievement could only be the reestablishment of relationship with an everlasting God. — Philip Pickard