SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) recently awarded Dr. Marilyn Hickey, teacher, televangelist and Assemblies of God (AG) minister, a Pillar of Faith in recognition of her global impact on the Church through biblical teaching and ongoing healing ministry.
“Marilyn has led an amazing life,” said Dr. George O. Wood, Evangel University (EU) interim president. “Here in the United States and around the world, Marilyn has a sterling reputation in ministry. We are grateful for her support of students who are preparing to make an impact in their future careers.”
Vice President and Dean of AGTS Dr. Tim Hager traveled to Hickey’s home in Colorado to present her with this prestigious award and to interview her about her life in ministry.
“Pillar of Faith Awards serve to highlight the great effectiveness of some of our fellowship’s top ministry leaders,” said Hager. “Marilyn is most deserving of this award.”
The video interview, which includes congratulatory messages from a number of ministry partners, including AG General Superintendent Rev. Doug Clay and Dr. George O. Wood, will premier this Saturday, March 20, at 6 p.m. on the AGTS Facebook page.
Foundation in ministry
Marilyn Hickey is the founder and president of Marilyn Hickey Ministries, a non-profit organization focused on international preaching and teaching, humanitarian outreach, and a daily motivational television broadcast.
Hickey and her late husband, Wallace, were actively involved in local church ministry, serving in a variety of pastoral roles in Texas and Colorado. A hallmark of their leadership was an emphasis on the Holy Spirit and biblical literacy.
Local pastorates paved the way for Hickey to build a network of in-home Bible studies that led to a fully syndicated daily radio show and eventually a dynamic television ministry that includes a daily Bible teaching program with a potential reach of 2.5 billion people across a host of international tv networks.
“At the age of 42, God spoke so clearly to me about my calling in life,” said Hickey. “He said, “I want you to cover the earth with the Word.” His words brought me peace and direction.”
Hickey’s ministry has expanded to include speaking and teaching opportunities and Bible distribution events in over 138 countries, including Pakistan, Iran, Ethiopia, Sudan, Russia, India, and China. These visits included private meetings and prayer with high-ranking Muslim and Hindu government officials.
Her lectures on healing and the Bible have broken records for the largest public meeting ever held in Cairo, Egypt and Pakistan.
A ministry trip to northern Ethiopia in 2009 found Marilyn’s daughter, Sarah, holding newborn twins left abandoned in a field, and prompted the development of Hickey’s Saving Moses humanitarian initiative. This effort assists children ages five and under with basic food, water, shelter, and medical needs.
“For over 40 years, Marilyn’s life and ministry has been expanding the kingdom of God, not only here in the United States, but around the world.” said Clay. “The Assemblies of God family congratulates Marilyn and expresses our appreciation for her ministry among us.”
Hickey has received commendation from the First Lady of Cambodia on her humanitarian efforts in the country, and was granted a private audience with then Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis to speak about her ministry work.
In 2008, Hickey was awarded a gift of recognition by the country of Egypt, an honor usually reserved for presidents and dignitaries.
In 2015, she was awarded a prestigious Lifetime Global Achievement on behalf of Oral Roberts University.
Pillars of Faith
The Pillars of Faith, awarded by AGTS, recognize men and women who have dedicated their lives to ministry and who have done so with commitment and excellence. Honorees hold an established endowment at the university that provide scholarship opportunities to students pursuing full-time ministry careers.
To support the Marilyn Hickey Pillar of Faith Endowed Scholarship, visit evangel.edu/hickey.
To view the full video, click here.
About AGTS and Evangel University
AGTS serves the larger Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions with 21st century leadership for the Church and its mission. AGTS is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission. AGTS is the embedded seminary of Evangel University, the national school of the Assemblies of God.