Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.-Pastor Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
Rev. Dr. Hicks invited PHEN to join Metropolitan?s Homecoming services in 2005 to help launch PHEN?s first ?African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit? on Capitol Hill. During this service he invited PHEN?s leadership team to the altar to pray for the success of our efforts. (PHEN will host its 7th Annual Summit in 2011. The two day summit will be held in the Capitol Building on the first day and the second day at the Washington Convention Center as a part of the Congressional Black Caucus? Annual Conference.) Dr. Hicks?s powerful prayer is being answered. Metropolitan will be an active participant in the 2011 Father?s Day Rally.
The Reverend Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., is the senior minister of the 6,000-member historic Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Since his election in June 1977, Dr. Hicks has served as the fifth senior minister in the congregation?s 140-year history. During his 27-year pastorate, Metropolitan has developed one of the world?s foremost Christian congregations, distinguished by its fervent worship and dynamic preaching. The church?s various commercial and social service ventures have placed Metropolitan among the world?s most productive religious and civic institutions. Metropolitan?s four subsidiary corporations, church administrative offices, school and over 60 ministries, comprise a workforce of nearly 100 persons, making it one of the community?s largest faith-based employers.
Dr. Hicks is an honors graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. A recipient of the Rockefeller Protestant Fellowship, Dr. Hicks graduated from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in May 1967. Selected as one of the original Martin Luther King Fellows at the Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1972, he earned the Doctor of Ministry in Theology degree in 1975. His dissertation, Images of the Black Preacher: The Man Nobody Knows, was subsequently published by Judson Press in 1977. In 1994 Dr. Hicks received the coveted Merrill Fellowship for post-graduate study at Harvard?s Divinity School. In 1999, Dr. Hicks earned the Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University.