Wallace Hickey, Marilyn Hickey’s Husband Passes Away at 87

Wallace Hickey, Marilyn Hickey’s husband, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Known as Pastor Wally, he was born in 1925 and died peaceably confident of better days ahead after 50-plus years of ministry.

Wallace was the founding pastor of Orchard Road Christian Center (ORCC). On fire with a hunger to evangelize in 1958, he soon accepted the pastoral call which is at the heart of his God-given ministry.

Following an initial assignment as visitation pastor in Amarillo, Texas, Wallace and Hickey, returned to Colorado to pioneer Full Gospel Chapel in Denver. Starting with a core of just 25 people in 1960, the congregation grew to more than 2,000 by the mid-1980s.

Renamed Happy Church, it became one of America’s leading centers of charismatic Christianity. Known today as Orchard Road Christian Center, the congregation is in its fifth decade. The Hickey’s son-in-law Reece Bowling and daughter Sarah now pastor the church.

“I am deeply touched by the prayers, words of encouragement, love and support already expressed to me and my family. Throughout his 87 years, Wally touched many lives and it blesses me to hear the expressions of love extended during this time. He would have loved it!,” Marilyn Hickey said.

“It was Wally’s desire that we celebrate his passing rather than mourn and so with that we have planned his Celebration Service to be held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 6 p. m. in the ORCC sanctuary. Truly, it will not be a normal funeral but a wonderful celebration. This was his desire. We will also be praying for the sick and Wally left a special message for you so you don’t want to miss it.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, Wally requested contributions be sent to Sarah’s outreach, Saving Moses, this way his legacy and love for the lost will continue through Sarah.

Saving Moses
Attn: Sarah Bowling
8081 E. Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

[Editor's Comment: While I was pastor in Birmingham, AL, and in Athens, GA, I served as a Air Force Reserve chaplain. Every other year I was invited along with other Air Force Reserve chaplains to attend conferences in the mile-high city, Denver. I knew of Marilyn and Wallace Hickey, and I would go to their mid-week service at the Happy Church and take other reserve chaplains with me.

I remember how happy the church appeared to be, and the congregation clapped with joyful praise to God as the offering was being received.

I can say that I always received a blessing at the Happy Church and was glad that I could attend the church while in Denver. I have listened to Marilyn Hickey teach on television and have read some of her books. She is a gifted teacher and speaker. I have found her teachings to be Biblical.

Let us remember Marilyn and her daughter, Sarah and Reece Bowling in their time of grief and sorrow when we pray.]

Wallace Hickey, Marilyn Hickey’s Husband Passes Away at 87