Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks
3909 South Lookout
Little Rock AR 72205-2027
Kenneth Hicks was born in LaHarpe, Kansas, son of Earl Franklin and Ertie Leona Williams Hicks. After high school in Iola, Kansas, he attended York College while serving a student appointment at Bradshaw, Nebraska, graduating with an A.B.degree. He then went to Iliff School of Theology, receiving his Th.M. and served Epworth Church in Denver, and then the church in Eads, Colorado and Northern Avenue Church, Pueblo, CO.
Ken Hicks was ordained deacon by Bishop Dana Dawson and elder by Bishop Glenn R. Phillips and joined the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference at which time he was appointed to Northern Avenue Church in Pueblo. He went on to become Associate Pastor at St. Paul Church in Omaha, Nebraska, then the Alliance and Norfolk churches in the Nebraska Annual Conference. Later he was named District Superintendent of the Central District and after that was appointed to Trinity Church in Grand Island.
He was a member of the International Evangelistic Crusade in Cuba in 1957. He served as a Peace Delegate to Nicaragua in 1985 and 1989. A delegate to the General Conferences of 1972 and 1976, he served as chairperson of his Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for six years. His hobbies are hiking and Frontier Western History.
The South Central Jurisdictional Conference elected Kenneth Hicks to the episcopacy in 1976 and he was appointed to the Arkansas Area. He was Resident Bishop for the Kansas Area from 1988-1992. He is a trustee of a number of institutions. He holds honorary doctorates from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Westmar College, Hendrix College, Philander Smith College, and Baker University and was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Iliff School of Theology, 1987. He served as President of the National Division of the General Board of Global Ministries from 1984-1988, and member of the World Division from 1988-1992.
Before Ken was through college, Elaine Goodwin and Kenneth Hicks were married on August 11, 1946. The Hicks have two daughters: Linda Diana, an inventory specialist, and Debra Dawn (Mrs. Galen Gottschalk), a registered nurse. The family circle includes two grandchildren, a granddaughter, Kiley Gottschalk, and a grandson, Spencer Gottschalk.