Photo courtesy of FBC Naples.
NAPLES, Fla. (BP) -- Where is Naples? That was Hayes Wicker's question nearly three decades ago when the pulpit committee from First Baptist Church in Naples, Fla., contacted him about becoming their pastor.
Today, he knows the answer well as he enters the twilight of a 27-year pastorate that made a God-sized impact on the southwest Florida city and left a legacy of Cooperative Program giving. In mid-January, Wicker, 68, announced his intention to transition gradually out of the church's pastorate and make way for younger leadership to carry the ministry forward. He hopes this approach to transition can become a helpful model for other churches.
During Wicker's tenure, First Baptist has given nearly $9.2 million through CP. The ... Read More