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Reverend Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Praise the Lord.

Birthplace

Born:
6/17/1943
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Praise the Lord.

Birthplace

Born:
6/17/1943
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge
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Biography

Henry Beecher Hicks, Jr. was born on June 17, 1943, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He spent his early childhood years growing up on the campus of Leland College where his mother was dean of the English department and his father was dean of the Chapel. The family moved to Columbus, Ohio, when his father became pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church. Hicks earned his high school diploma from Columbus East High School in 1960, where he was active in the speech and drama clubs and debate team, and was a band announcer.

After high school, Hicks attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, until 1961. Yearning for a more nurturing environment, he transferred to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. During that same year he preached his trial sermon at his hometown, Mount Olivet Baptist, and shortly thereafter he was licensed to preach. In 1964, Hicks earned his B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas. From 1964 until 1967 he attended Colgate Rochester Divinity School in New York, earning his master’s of divinity in 1967. Between 1965 and 1968, Hicks served as senior minister at Second Baptist Church in Mumford, New York. In 1968, he worked as a training coordinator and field director of the National and Rochester Urban League before leaving to serve as senior minister at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until 1973. Hicks then became the senior minister at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Christ in Houston, Texas. In 1977, he was called to pastor Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where he continues to serve today.

Under his leadership, Metropolitan has grown to include a school, over sixty ministries and a 6000-member congregation. Hicks is the author of five books including, My Soul’s Been Anchored and Preaching Through A Storm. In 1993, Hicks was designated by Ebony Magazine as one of “America’s Fifteen Greatest African American Preachers.”

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of H. Beecher Hicks interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - H. Beecher Hicks's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - H. Beecher Hicks describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - H. Beecher Hicks remembers growing up at Leland College where his grandfather was president
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - H. Beecher Hicks describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - H. Beecher Hicks remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - H. Beecher Hicks remembers his grandfather William Hicks, a Baptist preacher and scholar
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - H. Beecher Hicks traces his family ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - H. Beecher Hicks recalls his earliest memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - H. Beecher Hicks lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - H. Beecher Hicks remembers his childhood neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - H. Beecher Hicks recalls his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - H. Beecher Hicks discusses his early career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - H. Beecher Hicks remembers influential figures and institutions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - H. Beecher Hicks describes highlights from his high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - H. Beecher Hicks discusses his decision to attend college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - H. Beecher Hicks describes his family's intense involvement in the church his father pastored
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - H. Beecher Hicks describes racist encounters at Wittenberg College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - H. Beecher Hicks discusses his calling to be a minister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - H. Beecher Hicks details his first pastoral assignment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - H. Beecher Hicks recounts his tenure with the Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - H. Beecher Hicks describes his early years of ministry across the country
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - H. Beecher Hicks describes his beginnings at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., part I
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - H. Beecher Hicks describes his early years at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., part II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - H. Beecher Hicks contemplates his recognition as a top minister
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - H. Beecher Hicks considers God's plan for his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - H. Beecher Hicks details the business side of Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - H. Beecher Hicks discusses the church's reach in African American communities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - H. Beecher Hicks discusses his book 'My Soul's Been Anchored'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - H. Beecher Hicks expresses his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - H. Beecher Hicks reflects upon his life's course
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - H. Beecher Hicks considers the importance of history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - H. Beecher Hicks contemplates his legacy