New Jerusalem Baptist Church


The Church Where Everybody is Somebody and Christ is Lord  


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, September 16, 2018


A debt to Christ we owe! Some see it as a dilemma and wonder what to do.  Some won’t listen and see it as a no brainer - if ignored, it will go away.  And others see it as religious mumbo-jumbo-a matter of interpretation.  The truth of the matter is that each of us has a debt to be paid—a debt for sin and we owe it to God.  Most have tried a number of solutions such as, being charitable, a good person, doing  good works, sharing of riches, putting God on hold ‘til old age, etc.   Some even say, it was the sin of my parents-not my fault! Eventually, all will know however, that none of these solutions will pay the debt we owe.  We owe God a debt of love for He gave His only begotten son for our sins and salvation. He sent His innocent Son to pay the penalty for our sins. The sad thing is that so many have heard the Word and know the debt we owe but reject ownership of the debt. They try many things to buy their way out but the only way out is to surrender our lives to Christ and to claim Him as our personal Savior.