FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary dedicated the Wicker-Reed Lobby in its J.W. MacGorman Chapel, Dec. 1.
David and Carolyn Wicker, whose generous support of the seminary has funded this portion of the new chapel, named the lobby after their parents, Dave and Helen Wicker and R. Alton and Helen Reed.
The godly legacies of the Wickers and Reeds have since been passed from their children to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of their grandchildren, Jim Wicker, serves as associate professor of New Testament and director of web-based education at Southwestern Seminary. He said that his grandparents modeled Christian living within the home, the workplace and the church. He also expressed thanks to God for the way that they and his parents have impacted his life and ministry.
During the dedication of the lobby, Jim Wicker read the Bible verse inscribed on a plaque hanging in the lobby: “One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts” (Ps. 145:4). The verse, he said, depicts the importance of “spiritual legacy” within a family—a legacy like the one he received from his grandparents.
“It is the prayer of our family that all of those who pass through this lobby will then see this theme of spiritual legacy and see the importance of living out the Christian faith in all there is in one’s life—not just when one is at church, but also at home, in the marketplace, and out there in society—to let people know the difference that Jesus Christ makes in your life.”
Dave Wicker was a businessman with the family-owned Wicker, Inc., now known as Sysco Food Systems, where he displayed integrity and shared the Gospel with the company’s employees. He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church, Dallas, and would often play golf with his pastor, W. A. Criswell. Dave also served for a time as a Sunday school superintendent at the church. He and Helen reared their children, David and Martha, in a home where Christ was exalted and God’s Word was revered.
For 16 years, R. Alton Reed served as the pastor of four churches through North Texas, including Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. Afterward, God led him to take leadership positions within the denomination. For 19 years, he served as executive secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annuity Board, now called GuideStone Financial Resources. He and Helen also reared two daughters, Carolyn and Annelle, training them to follow Christ wholeheartedly.