In the fall of 1895 Charles Hicks married Mary Raison in Greenup County, Kentucky. One of their sons was Allen W. Hicks. On December 26, 1899, in Henderson County, Kentucky, Samuel Duncan wed Mary Wylie. One of their daughters was named Leona. In the 1920's, both A.W. as he was called, and Leona moved from Kentucky to Cincinatti, Ohio to work. Although they came from the same area of kentucky, they had never met or heard of one another before.
One day A.W. decided to treat himself to a milk shake at the local drug store. The girl behind the soda counter was Leona. This was the beginning of a romance that lasted many years. during those years they were married, had four children and discovered the wonderful plan of salvation God established in the book of Acts. God called A.W. into the ministry. He preached across the country and was Pastor of several churches. Their four children were Allen Jr., Marvin, Joyce and Ed. They all sang and played instruments. For a period of time in the 1940's the family traveled as an evangelistic group known as "The hicks Six".
As a little boy about 5 years old, Marvin loved preaching so much he would prop up sticks in the backyard and preach to them. He was heard to say many years later that was his best congregation ---they gave him no trouble at all. About 10 years later, on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1945, now a young man, he stepped to the pulpit in his father's church in Panama City, Florida, read Psalms 32:7 and announced the title of his sermon, "Thou Art My Hiding Place". Thus began the anointed ministry of Rev. marvin A. Hicks.
Upon graduating from high school in 1946 he enrolled in the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN. He preached his first revival in 1949 in West Monroe, Louisiana for Rev. E.W. Coughron, his second revival for Rev. Lonnie Johnson in Many, Louisiana, and his third in DeQuincy, Louisiana for Rev. H.L. Bennett. He continued to evangelize for the next 8 years until 1957.
At that time he was elected to Pastor a church known as South Highland Pentecostal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1958 he was elected as Pastor of Calvary Tabernacle in Corpus, Christi, Texas. The church had 30 members at the time he was elected, and during his leadership, it grew to over 300.
During the time of his ministry he preached over 70 camp meetings, numerous General Conferences for the United Pentecostal Church International, and 7 city wide crusades. In addition, he participated in numerous debates between those of the Oneness position and Trinitarian position in their understanding of the Godhead.
after leaving Calvary Tabernacle in 1994, he moved to Bloomington, Indiana and worked with student ministries at the Indiana University. In 1995 he received the call to come to Calvary Pentecostal Church, in Ragley, Louisiana where he served as Pastor until 2013. Part of his ministry while at Calvary Pentecostal Church included "Sunday Night Live" which is an internet ministry that continues to reach 87 nations around the world.
On December 22, 2014, at the age of 85, Bro. Marvin transitioned to his eternal home. Many of his sermons and debates are availible on CD, and can be purchased at www.apostolicarchives.com
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