Couple launches new church

September 28, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A few years ago, Jack Hicks said, he got a little nudge from God under rather unusual circumstances.

While traveling through the Hagerstown area, Hicks had a minor accident and was slightly injured.

A stranger helped him through that experience and gave Hicks such a good feeling that he never forgot Hagerstown, he said.

After much soul-searching, Hicks said, he and his wife, Audrey, moved to Hagerstown this summer and began making plans to start a church.

The Abundant Life Fellowship will hold its first service on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Boy Scout building on Crestwood Drive.


"My wife and I are both graduates of the Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Okla.," Hicks said. Before coming to Hagerstown, they had a full-time ministry in Reading, Pa.

Hicks said he and his new church are not looking for other church's members.

"There are lots of loose sheep out there. That's who we are looking for," Hicks said.

Hicks, his wife and several supporters have been going door to door and handing out brochures. They are trying to reach out into the community, he said.

"It's time to get back to a moral center," Hicks said.

Like the Kenneth Hagin church, the new Abundant Life Fellowship will be a nondenominational full-Gospel church.

Hicks said he will preach the full doctrine of Jesus Christ, accentuating the loving Christ.

Although the Hickses will have just one Sunday morning service for now, plans call for children and youth to have a place in the new church.

"I'm already writing a curriculum for Bible school and a home study course," Hicks said.

In his spare time, Hicks said he will stress missions and church plantings, getting everyone involved in reaching out.

Jack Hicks was born into a family of 11 children in Philadelphia.

After a stint in the service, Hicks became a Philadelphia police officer and then spent many years as an investigator with the Philadelphia Electric Co.

He said he came to Christ at age 27 and has ministered as a layman for more than 30 years.

Hicks founded CURE, Christian Unity Restored Eternally, and has written a book, "Earthly Father, Heavenly King."

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