Dr. Glenn Hickey grew up in Oden and Mount Ida, Arkansas, and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1950. At Ouachita he was very active in a barbershop quartet and met Dorothy Thomerson, to whom he was happily married for nearly sixty years. Dr. Hickey was called to the ministry in 1952 and served almost sixty years.
Glenn and Dorothy Hickey were appointed Southern Baptist Convention missionaries to Recife, Brazil, in 1964. He learned Portuguese, and adapted to mission life, teaching young ministers at North Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary for many years. He became Pastor of Igreja Central da Ibura where his ministry flourished, baptizing hundreds who affectionately called him "Meu Pastor". Dr. Hickey also became a ham radio operator, which was a powerful tool to connect Brazilian families with their loved ones abroad. He served as president of the Board of Directors of the American School of Recife. Hickey took his son Daniel and friends on bicycle adventures into the interior of northeast Brazil. He also toured parts of Europe, Ireland and the USA by bicycle. After the Brazil years, Hickey and wife Dorothy served the people of Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville, Arkansas. He was also the Director of Missions for Pulaski Association. Dorothy Hickey passed away in 2010 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. In 2011 Glenn courted and married Virginia Atkinson, “Mrs. A.” He died February 21, 2013.
The Glenn Hickey Papers include sermon notes and recordings of services. There is also some correspondence and general Baptist information.
Glenn Hickey Papers. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.