OUR PASTOR


DR. THOMAS J. HENDERSON



Pastor Henderson was born in Morgan City, Louisiana to the late Frank and Dorothy Henderson.  He is the eighth of nine children; one sister and three brothers are yet 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 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 they currently hold their 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 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.

PASTOR'S CORNER 


Sunday, April 29, 2018


America, we are in trouble. In Deuteronomy 8:19, God holds believers accountable: He will bless and protect us, but if we turn away, we can expect His judgment. He is neither permissive nor unreliable and can be trusted to do exactly what He says. Ask His beloved nation of Israel if He is true to His word. Israel’s history is a continuous cycle of blessing, waywardness, judgment, repentance, and blessing. If God deals with the “apple of His eye” this way, what can we expect? Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 which encourages believers to humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from their wicked ways in order for us to hear from God and have Him to heal our land.So you are saved!  What next? Sanctification! Are you living thoughtfully and intentionally—or on auto-pilot not intent on how God would have you to proceed? It’s so easy to get up each morning, do our work, enjoy some relaxation or entertainment, and fall into bed each night without giving any thought to God’s involvement in our lives. But to be ignorant of how He has blessed, guided, protected, and warned us-- is a really foolish way to live. Wake up and open your spiritual eyes that you can live a purpose driven life for Christ. Those who are aware of the Lord’s presence during their daily activities enjoy the peace of knowing that He is always in control and working to accomplish His good purposes. Every experience with Him teaches us to know and love Him more.  Wake up, get busy with God for tomorrow is not promised!


New Jerusalem Baptist Church


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