Interview with Wayne Hicks
A Prison Fellowship volunteer now prison chaplain
Wayne is one of Prison Fellowship’s pearls of great price. What God has done in him and is now doing through him gives me a great deal of hope for prison ministry possibilities in Western Australia. Wayne had a rough background himself and was a wild child growing up in South Africa. Through his ministry with Prison Fellowship, Wayne has been forged into a brave, dedicated, committed and compassionate minister to many prisoners across four prisons, and has now become a prison chaplain. He has played a pivotal role in helping establish the Transition 24 (post-release) program in WA.
The other day Wayne delivered a released prisoner to my house while he sought accommodation. As Wayne was leaving, we had a group hug and he led a passionate prayer for the man who had recently found God again. I thought, “This is the template of how prison chaplains and Prison Fellowship can work together; setting captives free one life at a time!” Despite setbacks, such as the pandemic, I am a “Prisoner of Hope” (Zechariah 9:12) not only because of the resurrection of our Lord but also because I can see God at work through people like Wayne.
– Steve McKinnon, WA State Manager