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Pastor Wilbur "John" Hickman

Hickman – Pastor Wilbur “John”, 63, Johnstown.  With more fish to catch (more fish stories to tell) and more sermons to preach, he hung up his fishing pole, stepped out of the pulpit and went home on August 6, 2020, ending a 2 year battle with glioblastoma. John was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania on November 15, 1956 to Wilbur Charles and Betty Eakin Hickman.  He grew up in Lisbon, Venango County, graduating from Allegheny Clarion Valley High School and Clarion University.  He served in the US Air Force. After working at many different jobs, he answered the call to ministry.  He completed his studies at Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio.  He served churches for 20 years - Titusville: Valley Chapel Charge; Fertigs Charge; Bright Hope Parish; Shanksville/Central City; and CGH Charge: Christ, Grove Avenue and Homestead Avenue. He tirelessly proclaimed the love of Christ and celebrated the salvation which is found in Jesus.   He loved the Lord and loved God’s people. John met Carol (Hamil) Taylor at the WPA Annual Conference of the UM Church.  After a whirlwind romance, they were married at Grove Avenue UMC on December 29, 2007.  They made each other’s joy complete and for the past year have been pastoring the CGH Charge together. John is survived by his wife, daughters Hilary (Brady) Buchanan and Sarah (Wes) Wojtowicz; son Benjamin; stepsons Ian (Michelle) and Alex (Jenna) Taylor; grandchildren Seth, Zain and Marla Hickman, Lillian and Isabell Sorkin, Lou Wojtowicz, Blake and Mya Nealon, Kylie and Marissa Taylor; sisters Judith Villasenor, Mary Lou Lentz, Jean Corsaro, Jo Hovis and 10 nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, Frederick Seabrook, brother Andrew, sister Faye Martin, his beloved son, Spencer and his jackabass, Snip. John loved fast motorcycles, fly fishing and playing classic rock and country music on his guitar.  He also loved his family and his furbabies, Maisie and Skyler. A celebration of  his life and God's faithfulness will be held Saturday, October 9 at 11 AM at Homestead United Methodist Church, 101 Homestead Avenue, Johnstown, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Free Store @ Grove Avenue UMC, 501 Grove Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15902 or to the CGH Charge, 101 Homestead Avenue, Johnstown, PA  15902. (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com)

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Dearest Carol and family, Paul and I are grieved to hear of John's passing.. Paul now will never sell the motorcycle, as we remember all the joys and great sorrows we have shared.. Our deepest prayer for you all. We love you Carol..

Sue Hoover Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

My prayers are sent to each of you in your loss, but I celebrate Pastor John's life and celebrate his arrival into his heavenly home with each of you. May you all feel the love and prayers of God's strength through this time.
Karen Hecht (Local Pastor)

Pastor Karen Hecht Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Pastor Wilbur Hickman

Brenda and Tom Butler Aug 8 2020 12:00 AM

God's comfort to you, Carol, and all the family. Blessings!

John Snyder Aug 8 2020 12:00 AM

Our family met Pastor John at the UMC in Nanty Glo. We loved his messagesand sense of humor.
"As Angels watch over you, know that John is one of them"
The Campbell's

Ed, Sharon, Richie & Emily Campbell Aug 7 2020 12:00 AM

Carol & family, we are so sorry to hear of Johns passing . We know he will be missed by all. He had a great sense of humor and could bring the party to where ever he was . Theres a party going on in heaven now. God bless you all !

Mike and Bonnie Sombronski Aug 7 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Pastor Wilbur Hickman

TeaFancies@atlanticbb.net Aug 7 2020 12:00 AM

We were so blessed to have him at Homestead Avenue...even though it was such a short time. Loved his messages and his worship service. He will be greatly missed. "Do you know him today;"

cindy slack Aug 7 2020 12:00 AM