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Hayes Wicker will speak in chapel at Cedarville University.

Hayes Wicker to Speak in Chapel

by Natalia Kirychuk, Public Relations Writer

Dr. Hayes Wicker, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Naples in Florida and member of Cedarville University’s board of trustees, will be speaking in chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 in the Dixon Ministry Center.

Wicker accepted Christ as a teenager at a New Year’s Eve party – the same night he received God’s call to be a pastor. He has served as the pastor of First Baptist Church Naples since 1992, and has previously pastored churches in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

In 1972, Wicker graduated from Grand Canyon University in Arizona with a B.A. in sociology, and he earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas.  

While in seminary, Wicker met his wife, Janet, and they have been married for 41 years. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Wicker’s life and ministry verses are Psalm 37:3-5, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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