At the age of 9, I was saved during a time of family devotions. At 11, I sensed that God was calling me to preach and walked down the aisle during invitation at a Bible conference at church. It was not too long after that day that I began running from that call because of idolatry, rebellion, and other sin.
It would be 15 years after that first call that God began breaking my heart over the sin in my life, and shortly thereafter, the call to preach became clear once again. I continued to teach and coach for 6 more years and God used that time to prepare me for the ministries of preaching, shepherding, and disciple-making.
I have been blessed so abundantly with a wonderful wife who is truly a gift from God. God has richly blessed Sheila and I with four great daughters – Emily, Hannah, Grace, and Mariah.
I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy working out, jogging, playing and coaching basketball. Over the last 5 years, I have coached Mariah’s basketball team and one week during the summer, I run my own basketball camp called “Follow Through with Christ.” It is a basketball camp for teaching the basic fundamental and advanced skills of basketball with a spiritual emphasis.
My goals and passion in ministry are for teaching the Word of God, equipping the saints, helping people know who they are in Christ, and encouraging men to love and lead better. I also enjoy the subject of apologetics and would love to start an apologetics ministry here at Pope Drive where believers can be taught what they believe, why they believe, and how to defend what they believe as mandated in 1 Peter 3:15. I am also willing to disciple men on a personal level as taught in 2 Timothy 2:2.
Most of all, my passion is to see people walk with Christ intimately, knowing Him as their life for the edifying of the church and the glory of the true and living God.
Henry has been married to the lovely Donna Phelps for 36 years. Together, they have 4 beautiful children, 3 boys and 1 girl, and 6 grandchildren. Henry retired from GE 8 years ago. However, during his long career, he served as an elder and worship leader at Christ Church for 20 years. While at Christ Church, Henry had the joy and privilege of serving on the ministerial committee for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) which allowed him to minister/preach to a variety of churches. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with his family. Ultimately, Henry’s heart is to worship God, and to lead others in worship. Henry says, “Worship is like a river flowing from Heaven, and my goal for the Worship Ministry at Pope Drive is to lead people to that river. I believe the Holy Spirit longs for us all to venture into the deep waters where we can encounter, experience, and learn to dwell in His Presence. I am beyond blessed and grateful to share my heart of worship with the Pope Drive family!”.
Leah has been serving as Financial Secretary since 1994. She moved to Anderson from Ohio in 1988. Her love is in the field of missions.