Pastor, leader, activist, and family man
(MIAMI, FL (Black PR Wire) — It is a father’s most bittersweet moment to walk his daughter down the aisle. It was no different for prominent past-or and community activist Bishop Victor T. Curry. Usually the headliner in the room, Bishop Curry was happy to let his daughter Victoria have the spotlight as she married John Hicks III on a recent Saturday afternoon.
Bishop Curry has been a tireless community advocate in the South Florida community for more than 25 years, and is the founder and senior pastor of New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International. He has three daughters – Victoria, Veronica, and Victory – but his influence on his name-sake and the eldest of his three daughters is easy to see. His commitment to education is reflected in Victoria’s choice to study Elementary Education and her work as a second grade teacher at Henry E. S. Reeves Elementary School in Miami. His dedication to serving the underserved and disadvantaged is evidenced in her work with Londyn’s Closet, a non-profit organization that provides teenage mothers with the tools and resources they need to live their best lives. His life’s work in the ministry was so much of a part of her own life that she started The Pastor Kids Coalition, and became the host of The Life of a PK on AM 1490 WMBM. Ultimately, Victoria joined the ministry herself, becoming the assistant youth pastor at New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International – her dad’s church.
“My dad has been my ex-ample, my mentor, my cheerleader all my life,” said the new Mrs. Hicks about her dad. “I owe so much of who I am to him and much of that was reflected in my wedding ceremony.”
The ceremony, coordinated under the theme “Grace walk to the altar,” was deeply religious. The couple incorporated several church rites, including a call to worship and a communion, into their wedding. They also included the two generations of clergy in both their families. The groom serves in full-time ministry at New Birth, and is the president and CEO of JBH Sound and Production Company. His parents are Pastor Johnnie Hicks Jr. and Mrs. Glistine Hicks-Moore. His grandmother is Evangelist Mildred Hicks. Bishops Billy and Catherine Baskin are the bride’s grandparents.
The bride was a vision in a white gown with lace and beading across the bodice. The groom was dashing in a Miguel Wilson suit. Bishop C. E. Glover, senior pastor at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, officiated and the couple was flanked by a 27-member bridal party of close friends and family. The couple’s vows spoke of their love of family and their love for the ministry. The bride repeated her grandmother’s words to her own husband, vowing “never to be outdone being [her husband’s] wife.” Guests entered on a 125-foot red carpet complete with an Oscar statue and photo op backdrop. The sanctuary was bedecked with thousands of flowers and a custom wedding canopy as part of an “Old Hollywood” décor. The Curry-Hicks private family reception was fun, whim-sical and lavish and included Great Gatsby dancers at the entrance. The highlight of the evening was Bishop Curry’s hip choreographed dance performance with his daughter for the father-daughter dance.
“It was such a fitting thing for us to do,” Victoria Curry-Hicks said. “My father and I work together but we also have great fun together. It was great getting to share that with our guests.”