|Born||July 1, 1931
Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.
|Residence||Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|Occupation||Teleevangelist, Inspirational Speaker, Missionary, Author|
|Religious beliefs||Christianity (Methodist, then Pentecostal)|
|Spouse(s)||Rev. Wallace Hickey|
|Children||Michael Hickey & Sarah Beth Hickey Bowling|
As a young girl, a young Marilyn, whose parents were professing Methodists, attended church only casually, but she became a born again Christian when she was a teenager. In college, she studied Spanish, intending to become a public high school teacher until she met her husband, Wallace Hickey, who challenged her commitment to Christ and was her encouragement to become a Pentecostal. The couple married and became a Pastoral team in an Assemblies of God church. They continued to pastor in the Orchard Road Christian Center in the Metropolitan Denver area, the church having been a former shopping mall.
Mrs. Hickey has been joined on television with her daughter Sarah Bowling and continues to preach both on television and in conferences, especially overseas, leading missions trips with strong emphasis on outreach and aid in third-world nations. Hickey has served as a member of the Board of Regents of Oral Roberts University.
The Hickeys preach and teach a Charismatic Word of Faith message. Some people have stated that the Hickeys are at the conservative end of the prosperity gospel ladder but others have criticized their emphasis on the "Name it and Claim it" ethos, in which they tell their audience or TV viewers that if they "sow a seed" (pledge to sow money and/or prayer) to their ministry, God will reward them. The Hickeys have a strong commitment to a born-again salvation message with a strong Assemblies of God theological background.
Marilyn Hickey Ministries has been criticized for their fundraising practices, and has been compared to other ministries such as Peter Popoff and Kenneth Copeland. They have been accused of exploiting their audience to raise money, and using God's words as their own, promising blessings in return for loyalty. Many of her followers/partners are receiving letters asking them to "sow seed" (send money) in order to reap and receive various blessings (healing, deliverance, financial prosperity).