Corey Hicks was born and raised in New Orleans. He grew up in the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood infamously known as “Cross the Canal,” where he witnessed the rawness of the streets firsthand. Although statistics were not in his favor, Corey graduated from St. Augustine High School, noted for its academic excellence and went on to attend Xavier University’s engineering program.
Today, Corey is a passionate minister of the Gospel as well as a graduate of the City Vision, where he received a B.A. in Missions and School of Urban Missions, where he received a A.A. in Biblical Studies. He also served on Staff at the New Orleans Campus for a year. Corey also served as Youth Pastor at Cornerstone Christian Center for two years, while serving as a representative for Youth for Christ/ Campus Life Ministries, a relevant ministry in the public school system.
Although Corey is in the ministry, he was not always a minister. He experimented with drugs like cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, and whatever became popular to do. Eventually becoming addicted to them all, Corey became an IV Drug user. He continues to declare that it is only God’s grace that he is not incarcerated and is alive today. As a former Artist/ CEO, he proclaimed death through his lyrics but today, he speaks life!
Corey is the Chief Executive Officer of Longevity Music, a Christian Record Label, where he is also an artist. He is using his gift to change lives and bring LONGEVITY. He is also using the influence God gave him to mentor and develop inspiring youth. Corey worked full time with Next Generation for four years, a cutting edge outreach to over 26 public High Schools, as a High School Campus Missionary. He led seven evangelistic clubs on six different campuses in the Greater New Orleans area.
Corey is commited to seeing lives changed by serving as the Executive Director of The Urban Reach and the Pastor of The Vine. Corey serves on the Board of Saving Teens, a non-profit organization that provides resources for families with teens in crisis, enabling them to place their teen in environments that will meet their needs. Corey also serves on the Board of Directors of the School of Urban Mission Bible, as well as serving as the Alumni Vice-President.
Corey loves the Lord and has a wonderful counter part in Nicole Hicks, a fellow graduate of the School of Urban Missions. They have two precious sons, Corey and Adan, along with two precious daughters named Zalie and Kylie. Pray with them as they walk in God’s will for their lives in helping rebuild the city of New Orleans. Their vision is to ultimately impact the nations for Jesus Christ!