Byron Wicks Sr., also known as “Pastor B” served as a Youth Pastor at God’s House of Brotherly Love Church 2, in Bellwood, IL. He grew up in Bellwood and attended Bellwood public schools and Triton College. He devoted his life to Christ in 2008, while attending Valor Faith Ministries in Zion, IL and has been a servant in church ever since. He has served as a usher, security, youth leader and ministry leader. Byron has also delivered weekly devotional messages, Sunday sermons and led in worship. The passion to mentor and serve youth has always been in Byron’s heart and he humbly accepted the calling to reach youth, in 2014. In 2016, he and his family returned to his hometown in Proviso Township to start a faith based non-profit organization called Parkside Sunday School. He and his wife attended Urban Ministry training at Metro World Child in Brooklyn, New York that reaches hundreds of thousands children worldwide through the Sunday School program. Byron has ministered to nearly 200 children through Parkside Sunday School in the first year of operation. In February 2018, Byron’s family launched a weekly bible study in their home to teach the Word of God, pray for people, and encourage people to help reach the next generation. Byron and his wife are raising two sons and two daughters. Outside of church duties and work, Byron enjoys family time, coaching and playing sports.
Nikeisha Wicks, also called “Pastor Keisha”, served as a Youth Pastor at God’s House of Brotherly Love Church 2, in Bellwood, IL. She grew up in Zion, IL and has served in church since the tender age of 3. In 2008, she graduated from Chicago State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice with special focus in juvenile restorative justice. After completing a summer internship at the Zion Police Department, she realized law enforcement was not the career she should pursue at the time and that reaching children was her passion and higher calling. In the same year, she also married her husband Byron. Together they were saved, baptized and committed to the calling on their lives to become lifelong servants in ministry at Valor Faith Ministries. Since then, she has taught bible study classes at youth detention centers, volunteered in a tutoring program that helps at-risk youth, taught bible study for adults, led in worship, led women’s ministry, administered church online media and taught children’s ministry classes. In 2016, they moved near Byron’s hometown, in Bellwood, to start a faith based non-profit organization name Parkside Sunday School, purposed to reach at-risk youth. She also attended Urban ministry training at Metro World Child in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2017 they have ministered to hundreds of children with the Sunday School program. In this journey, the Lord has also blessed Byron and Keisha with two sons and two daughters. Outside of doing ministry work with her husband, Keisha works part time from home as an online English teacher and homeschools her younger child. In her rare free time, she enjoys family vacations, reading, writing, watching TV/movies and playing almost every sport invented.