The Testimony of our Pastor, Rev. B. R. Hicks, Founder of Christ Gospel Churches International, Inc.

Rev. B. R. Hicks

Several years ago, Rev. B. R. Hicks sat down to share online her own personal testimony of her early life. Hicks opened up and revealed aspects of her early childhood that she had never done so publicly before.

She discussed her life both before and after the Great Depression. She also recounted the heart-wrenching experience of losing both her big sister and her father within a short period of time: both passed away right in front of Hicks when she was a young child. She also experienced a number of other misfortunes as a child; some of which were life-threatening.

Sister Hicks revealed that she viewed her father as her “reason for living.” She explained that she didn’t mind being poor as long as she had her father, who she described as her hero. But she lost him to Tuberculosis, which was common in the early 20th century.

She also explained the pain she experienced when her mother – now a widow – put all of her children up for adoption in order to find a new husband. Her mother never explained her rationale or visited her children in the orphan’s home. She merely dropped her kids off at the train station and literally pushed them onto the train.

In the orphans’ home, Hicks experienced a number of difficulties. Corporal punishment borderlined on abuse in the 1930s. Also, medical students would “practice” medical procedures on orphans back then. Hicks recalled how they attempted to remove her tonsils without giving her any pain medication; the experience was physically excruciating, and it created health problems for her that have lasted for her entire life. Hicks said that she literally cried herself to sleep every night in the orphanage. 

She revealed that these terrible experiences made her bitter and angry and full of hate. She also made an extremely personal revelation regarding the depths of despair she was feeling at the time, for it was more than she felt she could cope with. 
And yet, despite these tremendous hardships, Hicks credited her faith in God for helping her find meaning and purpose in her life.

We hope to be extending this series in the future.




  1. Harold Howell
    Jan 30, 2014 @ 14:57:39

    Rev. Hicks’ testimony is always inspiring. The LORD saved my soul when I was in first grade, filled me with the Holy Ghost when I was in 8th grade. For years, I struggled with homosexuality, and through all of the churches that I have associated with myself, they couldn’t give me answers on how to overcome. I knew that it was wrong through conviction at an early age. I searched and searched for a church to help me in overcoming. They all told me, “Harold, you can just quit it.” I would ask, “But How?” So in 2000, I came across the Christ Gospel Church in Livermore, KY. I knew that I was at home. Never heard of Sister Hicks in my life. I asked Livermore about her, got reading her books, and listening to her sermons and the way she preaches. Now attending Jeffersonville when I get the chance, I still get enlightened by her testimony. We struggle with sin day in and day out, but through the teaches of Rev. B R Hicks, I have learned out to overcome. I have been celibate since the middle of 2007 with a few trips and stumbles along with the way, but through Repentance, and choosing the Son, the Father will work the to do and the to will for His Good Pleasure. God has given me the answers that I needed through her teachings and her testimony. Rev. B R Hicks, your testimony is a memorial in my own life, and I will forever be grateful for you and your legacy. Thank you so much for sharing the love that Christ has instilled in you. You are truly an amazing woman. To God be all the glory!


    • Teresa
      May 05, 2014 @ 03:47:38

      Brother Howell I truly enjoyed your testimony…what a blessing you are and a brave individual. I believe your testimony will help others to come to terms with their own short comings, so they too can achieve a more satisfying life; a life in Christ. I pray Jesus hold you tightly in his arms and you rest forever in his strength. I will be praying for you.

      God Bless,


    • Anonymous
      Jul 14, 2014 @ 20:58:37

      I go to christ gospel I too. And I am gay but I don’t know if god accepts me or dislikes me I’m 16 by the way my parents don’t know and probably won’t the only people who know are close friends I came out to them not to long ago but when I came out to my straight guy friend it was liberating but the thing is I love him,like it’s not a crush or anything it’s been like this for years but he doesn’t know and I don’t know what god thinks about this either . It’s very difficult for me to live with this Iv thought about suicide ever since I was 10 all I want is answers but don’t think I’m some depressed person I’m very happy the only thing is when in my bed alone at night I think about these things and it’s hard and also I’m not saying I have the hardest life but it sure isn’t easy


      • CGCII Social Media Admin
        Jul 15, 2014 @ 05:56:00

        Dear Anonymous,

        Thank you for sharing your personal testimony with us. We want you to know that privacy is very important to us, and by God’s Grace, we respect your decision to remain anonymous. Whether or not you choose to identify yourself, we sincerely care about you. And we want you to know that we are here for you, if you want or need a friend to speak to.

        Always remember that you have a Friend in Jesus, and He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). The Bible tells us that we have a friend who sticks closer than a brother, and the Psalmist was referring to the Lord Jesus Christ. Please know that you can always turn to Jesus and pour out your heart to Him. Since God is All-Knowing (Omniscient), He already knows your deepest thoughts, feelings, intents, pains, He knows your everything. You cannot possibly shock the Lord; so you need not fear coming to the Lord in prayer. He is patiently waiting, and ready to listen.

        You are a precious, prized, and priceless child of God, and we truly love you. Your life is a beautiful gift from God, the Creator of everything, and He desires for you to walk in the fulness of His Goodness, Grace, and Love. The Prophet Jeremiah tells us that the LORD knows us while we are yet in our mother’s womb, and Psalm 139:7-18 speaks about how we are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are a treasure to the Almighty, a treasure!

        Dear Anonymous, do you know that you are so precious that even if you were the only person on the planet who ever sinned, Jesus STILL would have come down to take your place? Yes, Jesus loves you that much, and so much more! He loves you more than mere words can describe. It greatly pleases His Heart when His children come to Him and trust Him with their hearts, their pains, and their feelings.

        Have you spoken to your pastor (or maybe the youth pastor) at your church? If you’d like, we’d love the opportunity to speak or correspond privately with you, and hopefully provide you with some Scriptures that you might find encouraging. We are not here to judge nor condemn any one person. We all go through difficulties and face struggles in life; no one is absolutely free from pain or trials. We may not all go through the same troubles and tribulations in life, but we do all experience pain in one way or another at some point in life, and so it is very important for us to be there for one another. In fact, the Bible says to confess our faults one to another, and to pray for one another (James 5:16). Also in God’s Word, we are instructed to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Romans chapter 14 tells us to not judge one another, and reminds us that we all must give account of ourselves before God. The Apostle Paul instructed us to not put a stumblingblock before our brother (Romans 14:13), and it is our goal to help our brother up if he falls (Ecclesiastes 4:10).

        Please know that we love you and we are earnestly praying for you.

        May the Grace of our LORD Jesus Christ be with you, may He lead and guide you, and may He ever encourage you as you walk through life.

        Remember, you need not fear; Jesus has already overcome the world!

        Kindest regards,
        Christ Gospel Churches International, Inc. Social Media Team


        • Anonymous
          Jul 24, 2014 @ 00:56:22

          Thanks I might talk to someone during this upcoming youth convention god bless you


          • Chris Mccallum
            Sep 29, 2016 @ 13:37:56

            I don’t know who it is that answered this question for this young person who has questions about his life.But I thank GOD that you have showed this person the heart of JESUS CHRIST…you showed no judgement and you gave a wonderful loving and kind answer,to someone who is a 16 year old and needs to know just how much our father truly cares for his people..Lord bless this church..and may anonymous find his purpose and lifes answers through you Jesus.

  2. Babadu Cato
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 04:54:00

    The biblical heroines about which we read are often seen as other-worldly, and their allegiance to the LORD God beyond what we can attain unto. In a Message such as what we have in Christ Gospel Churches, we may tend to regard our beloved leader, Rev. B. R. Hicks, as an ecclesiastical Wonder Woman.To view and listen to her testimony puts flesh and blood on the Living Word of God that is in her and comes through her to us, so that we are encouraged to find the same Living Word eager to come into our flesh and blood, and grow within us also. Our earthly struggles are of but little concern in the Light of any measure of the Truth, and they will only serve as steppingstones, when we yield to Jesus Christ.


  3. Lisa
    May 10, 2014 @ 14:13:26

    On this Mother’s Day eve, i just watched Rev. Hick’s testimonial. Although I have been a member of CGC since 1996 i am once again in awe of
    how our LORD works all things together. With this new season of my life as caregiver to my mother and step dad, estranged from my only living child, missing my departed child and ending a long unhealthy marriage I find new strength in the power of His name and blood to overcome self defeating thoughts. Our faithful LORD is bringing healing to my heart as I learn to deal gently with my past revisited and take one day at a time.
    How glorious is the vision He has blessed us with of an eternity with Him and the brotherhood, for without it He knows his people would perish.
    Thank you LORD for a spiritual Mother in Rev. Hicks. who knows how people hurt and shares so we can overcome.


  4. Gurleen
    Sep 20, 2014 @ 03:01:46

    Sister Hicks’ testimony is so inspiring. It brought tears to my eyes to know everything she had to endure in life. I love you Sister Hicks. You are a bright shining light for Jesus! Thank you for sharing the wonderful word that is life changing and has surely changed my life. I’m so glad that I’m called to be in the Bride and I can press onward and upward to reach my goal with God’s help. All Glory be to God!

    My name is Gurleen, I’m 24 years old and I got saved almost 4 years ago, was baptised and received the Holy Ghost within a month after I got saved. I come from a Sikh family. I was the first one to get saved in my whole family (even extended) and I love the LORD Jesus and what He has done for me. And now, my mother too believes in Jesus and we love to pray together. I had to go through a lot of different circumstances, adverse situations, pain and suffering to come to Christ at the age of 20. The LORD Jesus has been helping me to let go of my past and has been healing my soul and spirit from everything that happened during my childhood and adolescent years. The LORD’s mighty Hand of protection has always secured me and protected me and I thank Him for His love that saved me from a life of misery. I have no words to express my gratitude towards Jesus for everything He has done for me. When I think of it, it just makes me cry with tears of immense love and gratitude for the LORD’s mercy and grace. He surely is wonderful and full of compassion, love and tender mercies. I love you my LORD Jesus. Thank you Jesus.


  5. Garromr
    Nov 09, 2014 @ 01:05:37

    Really appreciate you sharing this post.Thanks Again. Awesome.


    • Gurleen
      Dec 04, 2014 @ 00:00:34

      Thank you.


  6. searching
    Nov 21, 2014 @ 05:07:10

    Honestly I just started viewing these messages and researching the Christ Gospel Church. I asked the Lord to come in my heart and asked for forgiveness of sins and have been baptised. I still get confused on my salvation whether I have been saved or not due to still struggling with sin in my life. All I want is Jesus all I want is to know Him. Please pray for me.


    • CGCII Social Media Admin
      Nov 21, 2014 @ 15:17:01

      Dear Searching,

      We are so happy to hear from you, and delighted beyond measure that you have asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live in your heart. What a blessed day! Please know that if you have asked the Lord into your heart, you are indeed saved. We join the heavenly angels in giving thanks to the Lord for your new-found freedom in Jesus! As it is written, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth (Luke 15:10).”

      Please also know that, yes, Christians do sin. As followers of Christ, we do our best to follow the Scriptures (Luke 18:18-22); to live a righteous, holy, Godly life (Micah 6:8); to follow Christ (Luke 9:23), even as He followed His Heavenly Father; to abstain from all appearance of evil (I Thessalonians 5:22); and such like. We endeavour to do these things, and even Christians sometimes fall short. As long as we have a breath in our body, and as long as we go through life, we will have our old, sin nature (also referred to as our “Old Man,” or our “carnal nature”) to bring to the Cross for cleansing and forgiveness. “Life is a series of mountains and valleys;” there will always be valleys to go through, hills to overcome, mountains to climb, but we can rest assured that when we walk through life with Jesus – He is our Advocate Who will help us every step of the way. Be encouraged, dear one, Jesus will never give up on you; He sees the condition of your heart, and He loves you still. If you were the only person on Earth who had ever sinned, He still would have come down and walked His earthly journey to take your place on the Cross, to take your punishment for sin.

      Throughout the New Testament, the writers speak to believers and non-believers, but in I John 2:1-2, the Apostle John was speaking directly to believers when he said: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 2:1-2).” In her book, “The Need For Spiritual Growth,” Rev. Hicks quotes this passage of Scripture [I John 2:1-2] and explains, “Since John was writing to Christians, he was speaking of the sins of Christians, not the sins of the ungodly. Christians do sin, but they have an advocate, a lawyer, to plead their case. With repentance and confession of sin, there is forgiveness because Jesus Christ is faithful and just to forgive and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.” So we see, Christians do sin, but we have a blessed help, a true Friend, in Jesus. Victory was made and is found at the Cross; avail yourself of the Precious, Life-giving Blood of Jesus, for therein lies your Overcoming Victory!

      We aren’t sure where you are located, but we’d like to invite you to attend our church or perhaps a local affiliate somewhere near you. Please feel free to view our National Directory, as any of our churches would be delighted to fellowship with you and help you as you grow in Jesus.

      Additionally, here are a few free booklets you might be interested in:

      We sincerely hope this helps, and we look forward to hopefully meeting you one day. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

      Kind regards,
      Christ Gospel Churches International, Inc. Social Media Admin


  7. Kenneth Veillon
    Feb 12, 2015 @ 07:28:39

    What an awesome experience to walk with Jesus in this message! As someone who searched and searched to find depth in the study of God’s Word, I have thanked the LORD daily since the day that His divine benevolence and election placed me into the Christ Gospel Church family! All Glory and Honor goes to our LORD! Why are we excited? Why are we grateful? Why do we love the message, and the messenger? Is it not because of Jesus? Is it not because of His goodness? Are we not commonly bound by Jesus Christ, His Precious Word, and His unfailing Love, and nothing else?

    Yes! It is Him. How we love Him. How we adore Him!


  8. Shelley reeher
    Jul 16, 2015 @ 06:07:04

    God bless you and glorify His name


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