Reverend Dr. Brian C. Henderson

On February 18, 2018, the Reverend Dr. Brian C. Henderson accepted the call to serve as the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at St. James Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Born and raised in Rankin County, Mississippi, Pastor Henderson finished high school at Richland Attendance Center in 1995 and entered the University of Southern Mississippi the same year. Upon graduating from college, he went on to Johnson C. Smith Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. At Johnson C. Smith, pastor Brian studied New Testament, biblical language, and preaching. He also served as a grader and assistant teacher for the New Testament classes. During his time in seminary, pastor Brian served as a student pastor at Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Ridgeway, South Carolina, did mission work in Jamaica, and preached at several other churches across the country. In 2003 Reverend Henderson graduated from Johnson C. Smith Seminary with honors.
Pastor Brian received a call to become the pastor of Parkway Gardens Presbyterian Church and was installed in September of 2003. Under Pastor Henderson’s leadership the church, now Parkway Gardens United is a thriving and active congregation looking to unite all people with the Grace of God. While in Memphis, he served in various capacities on many boards and community organizations around the city. In February 2014 he became the first African American clergy-person to serve as Moderator of the Presbytery of the Mid-south. He has also served as the chair of the presbytery’s coordinating council, delegate to the General Assembly, and is currently a member presbytery Commission on Ministry and finance committee for the Synod of the Living Waters. He also serves as a Memphis City Council appointed trustee for the Memphis Public Library system. In this capacity he hopes to further integrate local congregations with the public libraries.
In 2008 Pastor Henderson received a Master of Arts in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary and graduated in May 2016 with his doctorate from the same institution. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the preaching and worship department. He is married to Ms. Tanjula Jackson Henderson, a 5th grade teacher in the Germantown Municipal School District in Germantown, TN. They have one daughter, Laila Marie Henderson, who is 9 years old. Pastor Brian enjoys reading Thomas Merton and the lyrics to old hymns, writing sermons, looking at church websites, watching sermons online, spending time with family, and watching House Hunters on HGTV!
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