By Special to the AFRO


Pastor of Southern Baptist Church East Baltimore, Harford County and West Baltimore.

“I have been a minister for 33 years and served as pastor of Southern now for over 21 years,” he said.


High School – Edmondson High School, Baltimore, Md.

Undergraduate – Bachelor of Arts, Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

Graduate – Master of Divinity, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.

Doctorate – Doctor of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Community served and main focus:

“I serve in Broadway, East Baltimore, Harford County and Park Heights in West Baltimore. Our main focus is to transform the church and the community into the kingdom of God by encouraging people to have faith in God, experiencing the presence of God, educating believers, embracing family values and equipping disciples for spirit-filled leadership and living.”

Uniqueness of the ministry:

“Our ministry is unique as a multigenerational and multi-locational ministry and community anchor and stakeholder that is intentionally and demonstratively focused on community development and revitalization with a mantra of ‘Restoring people as we rebuild properties.’”  

Ministry challenges:

“Jesus said the harvest is ripe, but the laborers are few. It is often particularly challenging identifying and developing the people, programming and partnerships necessary to meet the demand of a multigenerational congregation and community.”


“My mentors are Dr. James Perkins, Dr. Freddie Haynes, Dr. Lance Watson, Dr. L.K. Curry, Dr. Carolyn Knight, Senator Nathaniel McFadden and Mr. Arnold Williams.”

Recreation choices:

“I have run two marathons. I like to play golf. I enjoy fine dining. I also enjoy long drives and binge watching drama series and movies. And I love to work out with my sons and watch them in their respective sports of basketball and track and field.”

Find out more about Bishop Hickman and contact him on Instagram and by email, Find out more about Southern Baptist Church on its website.