As a powerful preacher, prolific writer, gifted orator, conscious
activist and devoted educator and mentor, The Rev. Dr. H. Beecher
Hicks Jr. has emerged as a pastor to the nation and a true hero of
Hicks, who is senior minister of the historic
Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for 30 years,
has seen the historic church grow in membership, assets and in
its outreach efforts. Metropolitan currently has more than 6,000
members, more than 60 active ministries, multiple commercial and
social service ventures, and a work force of nearly 100 people.
Hicks has led Metropolitan in its acquisition of more than $10
million in commercial and residential property in the District
of Columbia and suburban Maryland. The church’s
second worship center, a $50-million complex situated on 34 acres
in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is currently under
Hicks’ influence as a minister reaches far beyond the nation’s
capital. He is highly regarded for his writing and classic oratory,
and has been identified as one of the world’s leading preachers,
including recognition by Ebony magazine in 1993 as one of
the “Fifteen Greatest African American Preachers.” He
also is the author of six books, one of which, Preaching Through
a Storm, has become a must-read for pastors of growing congregations
and required reading for seminary students around the globe.
Hicks has preached and taught on six continents
throughout his illustrious career. Highlights include delivering
the Millennial Keynote Address in Melbourne, Australia, for the
Baptist World Alliance, which represents more than 47 million believers
in 200 countries; ministering to Yasser Arafat in the Middle East;
and being present upon the release of Nelson Mandela from Robbins
Island in South Africa.
Hicks is also a sought-after professor and
mentor. While managing the rigors of a full-time ministry, he has
served as an adjunct professor at institutions such as Howard University,
United Theological Seminary, Colgate Rochester Divinity School
and the University of Chicago.
In addition to being an instructor, pastor and counselor to many
of the nation’s leaders over the last four decades, he was
a pioneer in leading his congregation’s involvement in the
fight against the apartheid regime in South Africa in the 1980s;
for serving as an early model for how ministries should respond to
the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and for being a leader in the effort to pass
strict liability gun control legislation in the District of Columbia.
Hicks is an honors graduate of the University
of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. A recipient of the Rockefeller Protestant Fellowship,
he also graduated from Colgate Rochester Divinity School with the
master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees. While at
Colgate Rochester, he was selected as one of the original Martin
Luther King Fellows and remains president of this distinguished group
of scholar activists. A quintessential renaissance man, Hicks
also has studied at the University of Nigeria, the University of
Ghana and, in 1994, he received the coveted Merrill Fellowship for
post-graduate study at the Harvard Divinity School. In 1999, he received
a master of business administration degree from the George Washington
Hicks’ ties to Morehouse are strong.
Besides having two sons who are Morehouse graduates, he is a member
of the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers. He also delivered
the baccalaureate sermon in 1991, at which time he made a gift
to the College of the custom communion table placed in the Martin
Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
Hicks is married to the former Elizabeth Harrison
of Selma, Ala. They are the parents of H. Beecher III ’89, the Rev. Dr. Ivan
Douglas ’91 and Kristin Elizabeth Hicks.