Word of Life

by Tonya Dixon | May 10th, 2014
Bishop Marian Hickman (Photo by Perfect Lenz Photography)

Bishop Marian Hickman (Photo by Perfect Lenz Photography)

Word of Life Pentecostal Church of Christ (PCC) is a growing, multi-cultural ministry in Greensboro, N.C. Under the leadership of Bishop Marian Hickman, the church is dedicated to mentoring, educating and producing leaders. From numerous church ministries to the separate pre-K, after school and summer program, to well-instituted community collaborations, Word of Life is successfully fulfilling the vision.

The church was established in 1993 by Bishop J. Delano Ellis, II of Cleveland, Ohio. He commuted to minister in Greensboro on a regular basis. Following the leading of the Lord, he appointed Hickman, also an Ohioan, as the senior pastor. She immediately accepted. Hickman was a perfect fit. If anyone would understand and personify the church’s vision, mission and goals it was her.

Raised in the inner city of Cleveland, Hickman’s parents instilled in her the importance of quality education, productivity, and service to others. She attended private and public school, was active in many different organizations, attended neighborhood Bible groups, participated in community activities and volunteered her time. As an adult, she answered the call of ministry as a missionary, street evangelist, Sunday school teacher, parish/cell group leader, counselor and assistant pastor. Her exposure to different aspects of life and ministry was great preparation for her current position.

Similarly, Word of Life has several ministries designed to bring people together, provide opportunities for personal growth and improve overall quality of life. There is a ministry for everyone some of which include, men, women, singles, married couples, seniors and children’s ministries. Many church programs focus on outreach such as the Moses Cone Congregational nursing Program and the community-based organization R.E.A.C.H-1 CDC.

Founded in 1997, the acronym stands for Rehabilitating, Educating, and Aiding our Community and Homes, One at a time. Additionally, the church uses a great deal of its resources toward enrichment and educational programs. The church sponsors a week-long summer literacy program for grades K-12, Saturday math academy, Faith in Education—a college preparation program, and Restart Life, which focuses on at-risk teens and youth.

Moreover, Bishop Hickman is the visionary behind Next Generation School–the churches, highly successful pre-K, summer camp and after school program. The school is a product of Word of Life but operates as a separate entity from the church.

All the different ministries and organizations associated with Word of Life are purposefully designed to be the arms or extensions of the church in an attempt to change lives, develop people and build community. “We lift people to life” is the churches mantra. It’s the foundation of Bishop Hickman’s ministry; through worship, order and leadership lives can be completely changed—mind, body and spirit.

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