Byron “Pastor B” and Nikeisha “Pastor Keisha” Wicks moved to Hillside, IL in the summer of 2016. They have served as leaders together in ministry for over 11 years. The first church they joined together was Valor Faith Ministries in Zion, IL where they led worship and taught bible study classes. In the summer of 2017 they launched a children’s ministry outreach program called Parkside Sunday School that takes the gospel to the parks in Maywood and Bellwood, IL. They have also served as youth pastors at God’s House of Brotherly Love Church in Bellwood, IL until leaving March of 2018 (Under the guidance of Bishop Pam Lawrence) to carryout a God-given vision to plant a new church. Byron & Keisha Wicks were ordained on April 15, 2018.
Together, Byron and Keisha founded Next Generation Church leading a vision that God stirred up in their spirits to love, empower and equip all generations to live for Christ and fulfill their God-given purpose. The non-denominational ministry was planted on September 30th, 2018 with a desire to represent and embrace multi-generations and multi-ethnicities in the Proviso Township area.
They spend their time meeting with and mentoring people, studying and preaching God’s Word, preparing and hosting small group Bible studies, volunteering at community events and caring and praying for Next Generation Church Members and the people of the Proviso Township area, every day. Their God-given heart’s desire is to see people saved, redeemed, transformed, and fulfilled through the power of the Holy Spirit at Next Generation Church.
Byron and Keisha, along with their four children – Byron Jr. “BJ” , Naomi, Bary and Nadia – love traveling together, watching movies, game nights with friends and family, and playing sports.
Byron Wicks Jr. also known as B.J. is a very happy, witty, and energetic kid. He enjoys video games, dancing, and playing the guitar (somewhat). He has already been blessed with the gift of healing and loves to pray for people. He also has a twin sister.
Naomi Wicks also known as “Nay” is a very strong-willed, clever and loving child. She enjoys singing, dancing, reading and passionately leading her peers. She will be the leader of the NextGen Kidz Worship & Praise Dance Team. Naomi is also the younger twin sister of BJ.
Bary Wicks also known as “Bear” is a very talented and wise young boy who loves being at home. He enjoys watching movies, reading, playing the piano, dancing and delivering daily news updates. He can assure you that knows EVERYTHING.
Nadia Wicks passionately called “Nani Pooh” is the biggest sweetheart with a little bit of sass. She loves to sing, dance, eat snacks and talk. Did I say eat snacks and talk?? She is the youngest of the four and makes sure she gets extra snuggles and kisses from everyone.