Ephesian Baptist Church Honors Pastor John Henry

John W. Henry was born in Scott, Arkansas October 7, 1928.  After spending his childhood and adolescent years in Arkansas and Louisiana  he migrated to California in 1947.  It was there  in 1950 that he met and married his wife Ella Marie Henry.  Only a few months after their wedding John Henry was drafted into the army to serve in the Korean War from 1950 through 1952.
John Henry served as a deacon at the Williams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Oakland as well as the Greater Faith Baptist Church for many years before accepting his call into the Gospel Ministry.  In July 1968, Reverend Henry organized the Ephesian Baptist Church and served as Pastor for 38 years.  He’s still active in the church, as Pastor Emeritus, preparing for the 43rd year church anniversary celebration.
On September 30, 2010, Pastor Emeritus and Mrs. John W. Henry celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  To this union was born 7 children, 15 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Pastor Emeritus Henry is a man with unwavering faith in God and has spent his life being an example of godly living.  During his pastorate, he served different capacities within the local Baptist Minister’s Union as well as the National Baptist Convention.
Pastor Emeritus Henry has been a mentor in the lives of young ministers throughout the community by often allowing them opportunities to exercise their God given gifts of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He was also instrumental in the selection of the current pastor of Ephesian Baptist Church, Reverend Dr. Michael Pasley, who has carried the torch of genuine love for God and his people.