Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.
Known as a “Preachers’ Preacher” and designated by Ebony Magazine in 1993 as one of America’s “Fifteen Greatest African American Preachers,” The Reverend Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., is the Senior Servant of historic Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and Largo, Maryland. Since his election in June 1977, Dr. Hicks has served as the fifth senior minister in the congregation’s one hundred and forty six year history. During his at Metropolitan the church has developed one of the world’s foremost Christian congregations, distinguished by its fervent worship and prophetic preaching. The church’s various social service ventures have placed Metropolitan among the world’s most significant religious institutions.
An activist within his community, Dr. Hicks gave leadership to the Committee Against All Killing and the Committee for Strict Liability that achieved passage of a referendum in Washington, D.C. holding the manufacturers of automatic firearms liable for the death and destruction they cause. Within the theological community Dr. Hicks has served as Distinguished Visiting professor at Wesley Theological Seminary, Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary, Chicago Theological Seminary, Colgate Rochester Divinity School and Howard University School of Divinity.
Dr. Hicks is a 1964 Honors Graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. A recipient of the Rockefeller Protestant Fellowship, Dr. Hicks graduated from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in May 1967. He earned the Doctor of Ministry in Theology degree in 1975. In 1994 Dr. Hicks received the coveted Merrill Fellowship at Harvard University Divinity School. In 1999, he earned the Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University. In 2008 Morehouse College of Atlanta, Georgia honored Dr. Hicks with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.
The author of seven books, Dr. Hicks is a prolific writer, and is widely published in religious periodicals. The three most popular of his writings include: On Jordan's Stormy Banks , My Soul’s Been Anchored  and Preaching Through A Storm [1987, 12th printing]. In addition, Dr. Hicks is President of H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. Ministries, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in church leadership development and team building.
Among his numerous honors Dr. Hicks was named Keynote Preacher for the Baptist World Congress in Sydney, Australia in 2000. He was also named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 2007. More recently, Dr. Hicks was named Conference Preacher for the prestigious Hampton Minister’s Conference in 2009. His memberships include his elevation to the 33rd Degree Grand Inspector General, Jonathan Davis Consistory, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge; Guest Lecturer on Urban Ministry, Robert Schuller Leadership Institute, Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California; Distinguished Preacher, Riverside Church, New York City 2011; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and his recent induction into Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity in April of 2010.
Dr. Hicks, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the son of the late Reverend Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Sr., and the late Mrs. Eleanor Frazier Hicks. He is married to Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, a native of Selma, Alabama. They are the parents of H. Beecher III, the Reverend Dr. Ivan Douglas, and Kristin Elizabeth Hicks. Dr. and Mrs. Hicks are the proud grandparents of three girls, Austynn, Ashley, and Anya, and grandsons Henry IV and Harrison Hicks.