No More Chains


This is the extraordinary life of Brian Hicks, who in his early years struggled to find his place in family, society, and the workplace. Brian suffered from addiction to alcohol and drugs and as a result lost everything including his marriage.

Brian felt God's hand on his life from the age of 10, however did not make a decision for God until 1982. Within the first month of being born again, he was set free from alcoholism and all its associated problems. Brian audibly heard the voice of the Lord call him into ministry to work with those who had suffered similar addictions and to those within the prison system.

Today, Brian is a pastor and prison chaplain, who works not only within Australia, but throughout Asia. During his ministry, Brian has helped many thousands of people find salvation and change the course of their lives for the better.



No More Chains, Foreword

From Dr. Shaun Marler, Senior Pastor, World Harvest Ministries, Brisbane, Australia. It gives me great pleasure to write a little something for this book on behalf of a great man I know. I first met Brian Hicks in my lounge room when he came to visit with another pastor friend and family member some 20 years ago. I liked Brian from the first meeting, and we were soon to become friends and peers in ministry. Not long after our initial meeting, Pastor Brian joined my church and got involved. Brian started driving school buses and vacuuming the church’s carpet in the main auditorium.

The Bible says a faithful man will abound with blessing, Proverbs 28:20. Faithful is a word that goes hand in hand with Brian’s life. He has now worked for me for more than the last 18 years as my assistant pastor in a full-time capacity, fulfilling all of the responsibilities as a faithful man, a servant of God, and good friend.

Many years ago while I was in television, my program, “The Winner’s Way“, was airing in local prisons and correctional centres. Inmates began to write to me, and one particular prisoner requested a visit. Because of Pastor Brian’s unique life journey, I asked if he would visit the prisoner on my behalf. From this visit was birthed our Prison Chaplaincy Ministry. Brian has been visiting the correctional centres of southeast Queensland for the last 12 years. Hundreds of men have been encouraged, comforted, and have found Christ. The work still continues to this day.

Brian has an amazing testimony, and I have encouraged him to write this book. Yes, you will laugh, you will cry, and you will be inspired. You will want to make a difference as you read the testimonies of a life well lived within these pages. God bless.