Topeka church mourns loss of beloved pastor

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Members of a Topeka Church are still in shock Monday after learning their beloved pastor has died.

Reverend Philip Hollis was killed in a motorcycle accident last Friday.

Now members of that congregation say his legacy of love and faith will endure.

Faith, family and motorcycles are just a few of the things Rev. Hollis loved most.

“He went out in a blaze of glory. Loving God, loving his family, ministering, preaching, and riding his bike,” said Rev. Dustin Beals, Associate Pastor of Faith Family Life Center in Topeka.

Many, including the preachers children, believe that Rev. Hollis wanted to go out speaking the word of God or riding his Harley.

But now the magnitude of their loss is starting to sink in.

“We lost an amazing man, but we know that Heaven gained such an amazing man,” said Rev. Hollis.

Tissues surround the altar on which Phil once preached, in the church his father established 70 years ago.

Sunday served as a day of remembrance for a man many say was filled with extreme love and faith.

“There was this consistency in his appreciation for life, appreciation for others, and his consistency in his appreciation for God and how he brought all this together,” said Barry Feaker, Executive Director of the Topeka Rescue Mission.

His colleagues say they’ll miss that passion and love he brought to every situation.

“Arms open wide, it didn’t matter who they were, it didn’t matter what kind of lifestyle they might even live, none of that mattered. He just loved them,” said Rev. Beals.

Now friends and loved ones are using that exact philosophy moving forward — loving and leaning on each other in this difficult time.

Members of the congregation say it’s just like losing a member of the family. Moving forward they just ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Funeral services for Hollis are set for 11:00 Wednesday morning. More information on that service is available here.

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