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Pastor Henderson was born to the late Frank and Dorothy Henderson in Morgan City, Louisiana. He is the eighth of nine children; one sister and three brothers are still living.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized by Pastor Thomas Phillips, Sr., of the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, Morgan City, La., in 1953.
He graduated second in his class from Sumpter Williams High School (1963) in Morgan City, La. A few years later, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Dillard University (1967), New Orleans, LA. His most cherished educational achievement was graduating from the historic Washington Baptist Seminary in 1984; in May of 2015, the Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity.
He married the late Barbara Ann Franklin Henderson, also of Morgan City, LA, in 1970. They met while students at Dillard University, where she also received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. The Lord has blessed them with two lovely daughters: Charmyn (an educator and mental health professional) and Sherry (a Dermatologist). They also have two granddaughters and one grandson who bring great joy into their lives.
He and his wife joined the Bethesda Baptist Church of Washington, DC in 1970, where he currently holds his membership. He was licensed and ordained to the Gospel Ministry by Bethesda in 1981 and 1984, respectively.
He was called to pastor the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in 1987 and has faithfully answered that call to this day. He has maintained a preaching ministry at the Deanwood Nursing Home since 1985. He has labored at the Washington Baptist Seminary in various capacities since 1984. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Baptist Seminary and the Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home. He holds membership in many other deliberate bodies in the Baptist Community, including the Baptist Ministers Conference, the Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity, and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He is a life member of the NAACP and also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Pastor Henderson loves the Lord Jesus and strives to be faithful in all that God has assigned his heart and hands to do.
He was born on January 14, 1938, at the Freemans’ Hospital in DC. He was the third child of the late Burdell and Robert Lester Campbell. He accepted Christ at the age of 11 and was one of the first six who was baptized in 1949 by the Pastor, the late Rev. James R. Miles, to form the New Jerusalem Baptist Church. He has been a faithful member throughout the years. In 1955, at 17, he joined the US Navy. Upon his return in October 1959, he reconnected with his church family, where he continues to serve faithfully.
He was baptized in 1976 by the founding pastor, Rev. James Miles. He received his call to the ministry in 2016. His favorite scripture is Philippians 3: 13-14, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
He is a native of Washington, DC, and a lifetime member whose roots are deep within the New Jerusalem Church. He is the great-nephew of the founding Pastor, the late Rev. James R. Miles. Minister White was baptized at a young age. He served as a deacon for many years before being called into the ministry, where he preached his trial sermon in August 2019. He is attending the Washington Baptist Seminary, where he is due to graduate in 2021. Married to Deaconess Jordana White for over 25 years, the couple enjoy their three children and grandchildren.
Was licensed to preach in 1967 by Rev. Jacob N. Underwood in Brooklyn, NY. He first joined New Jerusalem in 1984 under the late Pastor Miles. He was ordained at NJBC in 1987 and has served as Minister of Music for the past decade. He is also a nephew of the late Rev. James Miles and Sister Leslie Miles, by marriage.