Mark C. Hicks
Mark was appointed founding director of Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries by Bishop Charlene Kammerer in June of 1999. A pioneer and architect of the Disciple Prison Ministry Initiative, Hicks first served as chairperson of the DISCIPLE Prison Ministry Task Force in 1998. While serving in this capacity he drafted a proposal for a new comprehensive ministry of DISCIPLE Bible Study in North Carolina. Once accepted by the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church, this proposal provided the pattern for Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries of North Carolina.
Mark holds an AB Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Faith-Based and Government Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Mark is an ordained Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC and prior to his appointment as Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries founding Director, held pastorates in the High Point, Charlotte and Greensboro NC Districts.
In 2002, Mark was invited by the NC Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to create a new Bible study curriculum for youth in the department’s system of care. The result of this collaboration is the RINGS OF FELLOWSHIP Youth bible study where Hicks guided the creative process and authored of the RINGS Student Manual. RINGS is now being taught in juvenile justice facilities and churches throughout the country.
In 2004, Hicks was named to the Criminal Justice Task Force of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC. This Task Force works to promote criminal justice ministry throughout the denomination. Hicks is a general editor and contributing author of a new book on UMC Criminal Justice Ministries due out later this year entitled: “I was in Prison: United Methodist Perspectives on Criminal Justice Ministries.”
Hicks is married to Laura, his wife of 20 years. Together they have two daughters. The Hicks family resides in North Carolina where they are active in both church and community.