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|Born||Marilyn Ailene Hickey
July 1, 1931
Dalhart, Texas, U.S.
|Education||University of Northern Colorado|
|Spouse(s)||Rev. Wallace Hickey (m. 1954–2012; his death)|
|Orchard Road Christian Center, Denver, Colorado co-pastor with husband Wallace|
|Member, Board Of Regents, Oral Roberts University|
|Title||Founder, Marilyn Hickey Ministries Int'l
co-host Marilyn & Sarah TV program (with daughter Sarah)
Marilyn Ailene Hickey was born on July 1, 1931, in Dalhart, Texas, to Jerry and Carmen Hickey. When she was a young girl, Hickey's parents were professing Methodists and attended church only casually. Her family suffered from hereditary mental disorders according to one of her telecasts. Her father had it, after her grandfather and her great-grandfather that had it, even before the "devil and his imps" got to Marilyn, at the age of 36, she was the only one in her family not to suffer a mental disorder.
Also in her family, she also said that her family had a history of heart diseases, especially Hickey herself, that at age 11, she was told by her doctors she had an enlarged heart, and progressively got worse until she had surgery. She became a born again Christian when she was a teenager. In college, she studied Spanish, intending to become a public high school teacher.
She met Wallace Hickey (born May 7, 1925, in Genoa, Nebraska) , at an Assemblies of God Church, where Wallace served as a pastor, and together on December 26, 1954, (just 1 day after Christmas), the couple were married. Around the same time, she and Wallace also met Dr. T.L. Osborn, a Pentecostal evangelist, who was 8 years Hickey's senior, when she and Wallace both had traveled around in her husband's car, doing tent revival meetings, in town, she also became lifelong friends with him, until she lost him, only 4 months, after she lost Wallace.
The most coincidental thing is she was also a guest-speaker at one of the conferences in which Dr. Osborn held. After a short time in Texas, they moved to Denver, Colorado to found Full Gospel Chapel. The church, later known as Orchard Road Christian Center, became one of the largest churches in the Denver area. They later turned over the pastorate to their daughter Sarah Bowling and son-in-law Reece Bowling. The church (now called Encounter Church) currently meets in in Centennial, CO.
Hickey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Collective Foreign Languages from the University of Northern Colorado and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Oral Roberts University.
In 2015, Hickey was honored at Oral Roberts University with a Lifetime Global Achievement Award.
Hickey has two children and four grandchildren. Hickey's husband of 57 years, Wallace, died after a long battle of Alzheimer's disease, in the care center of Denver, Colorado, on October 19, 2012, at age 87.
Today with Marilyn and Sarah TV program
Hickey has aired a television program since 1973 and, since 1996, has co-hosted it with her daughter Sarah Bowling (born February 1, 1968). Today with Marilyn and Sarah can be seen on various Christian networks such as the DayStar Network, Channel C, and independent stations in both the U.S. and internationally, as well as through her YouTube Channel. She has also been seen on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
Hickey has served as a member of the Board of Regents of Oral Roberts University.
- Wallace "Wally" Hickey at Find a Grave
- Rees, Steve (September 2, 2015). "Marilyn Hickey Reveals Her Favorite Church in America". Retrieved April 3, 2017.
- "Wallace Pastor Wally Hickey, An Early Leader of Denver's Charismatics". DenverPost.com. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
- LeClaire, Jennifer. "Marilyn Hickey's Husband Passes Away at 87". Charisma News (November 23, 2012). Retrieved March 14, 2015.
- "Marilyn and Sarah". marilynandsarah.org.
- Mohammed, Revelle (February 11, 2012). "Marilyn Hickey's 'Night of Healing' Rallies Over 400,000 in Pakistan". Christian Post. Retrieved March 14, 2015.