Who We Are
Meet Our Pastor
MEET OUR PASTOR
Greetings from The First Baptist Church of Medford. My name is Howard Hickey and I’m the pastor here at FBCM.
My story isn’t glamorous but it is amazing… because it’s the story of God’s amazing grace in the life of just another boy from Pennsylvania. I grew up in a foster home that was serious about serving the living God. Having been plucked up from an unfortunate and challenged family situation, God planted me in a place where I was sure to be introduced to Jesus… and the gospel. As a result, I found myself as a young teen, troubled with two things, the lack of certainty and stability in life and the reality of my own sin. Because of my family’s love for me and for God, I was brought face to face with the joy of Romans 6:23 that “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” I received Jesus there and then and that moment began a life of learning about, listening to and living with Him.
The short story is that God has given me a beautiful wife, seven delightful (and interesting) children and a new calling to serve Him as pastor here in NJ. Although my professional career started in the construction industry, our family moved to New Jersey to pursue a dual-calling … for the salvation and subsequent growth of folks from a Jewish heritage and for the re-introduction to local churches of the Jewish roots of the New Testament scriptures. Those internal spiritual pressures led us, upon ordination to the gospel ministry, to join with Jewish Awareness Ministries out of Buffalo, NY to pursue both of those interests in Cherry Hill. When our pastor, here, was called to missions work in South Africa, the membership formally called us to be their pastor. By God’s grace, mercy and love, we’ve been serving here since September of 2000.
My current big interest is simply this… to learn to lead us to glorify God through our unqualified willingness to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I think that means that we want to learn to live out the amazing truth from Galatians 2:20 that we are “… crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” I also think that means that that shakes a few things up with regards to church life as we’ve always known it. Trusting and praying, Elizabeth and I are growing together and we’re just amazed as we watch His hand in our lives all along the way.