Hello: Dover Christian Church pastor retires

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DOVER – The Reverend Theodore Henderson, pastor of Dover Christian Church, just felt it was time for a change.

So he acts by stepping back and letting a new energy guide the church.

In a 3 p.m. ceremony Sunday at the West Dover facility, the Reverend Henderson will step down from the ministry and hand over the reins to the Reverend John Moore, who served as associate pastor for two years.

“There comes a time when you kind of know it’s time,” said the departing reverend. “I did everything I could do, and I think John Moore is a man of great vision, great compassion and a lot of pastoral sense, so I think he’s going to be the right person. to take our church to the next level.”

Reverend Henderson took over as pastor at Dover Christian – 1738 Forrest Ave., near Dover High School – in 2003, after serving 24 years as a chaplain in the US Air Force, retiring from the military in September 2002.

He has also been a staunch servant of the community, serving as Chairman of the Interfaith Ministerial Alliance of Dover and Vicinity Inc.

Reverend Moore said he will have big shoes to fill behind the pulpit at Dover Christian Church, but it’s a challenge he looks forward to.

“As for my election as the new pastor of Dover Christian Church – which we also call DC Squared, ‘that reckoning that leads to salvation’ – I am both excited and humbled,” he said. he declares. “I know this appointment was ordained by God, and so I will lean on the counsel of the Lord and stand on the word of God which says, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Reverend Henderson received his ordination and ecclesiastical sanction from the Church of Christ. In the fall of 1974, he entered Howard University Theological Seminary.

Upon completion of his Master of Divinity in May 1978, he received a direct commission and entered the Air Force in August. He went on to serve 24 years.

He became immediately involved in the Dover community thereafter, working closely with a host of religious organizations, including as an advisor to the Lieutenant Governor’s Religious Leader’s Appeal, who advised on the challenges of the pandemic.

Reverend Moore said Reverend Henderson’s spirit of humility was instrumental in targeting needed resources to those most in need in the community.

“Pastor Theodore Henderson has been a remarkable leader to emulate,” he noted. “As a retired United States Air Force chaplain, he demonstrated to me – a retired Air Force veteran as well – that the core values ​​we followed in the military are Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do, (are) demonstrated in the daily life of Pastor Henderson.

“He is an incredible preacher, speaker and teacher, whose level of biblical intellect is enormous, and I and hundreds of others have benefited from his vast knowledge.”

He added: “Another outstanding quality that makes him a great role model is that he is an honest man and keeps his word. This is shown in his work in the church and his dedication as a family man. who truly honors his wife, loves his children and devotes himself to the parishioners under his leadership.

Reverend Henderson is married to former Beverly Glanton of Minneapolis. They have a daughter, Erica, and two sons, John and Anthony.

He also has an extended family – his faithful congregation at Dover Christian.
“Pastor Henderson has always made himself readily available to members of the congregation,” Reverend Moore said. “He visited the sick, performed weddings, provided counseling for life’s challenges, attended special events and preached eulogies for deceased members. He will not hesitate to call or drive to a member of the congregation who requires his presence.

“His impact on the congregation can be summed up in the words of Deacon Board Chairman Truman Bolden, who said, ‘I cannot put into words all that Pastor Henderson has meant to the family of the church. Christian from Dover. He never asked the members to do anything he wouldn’t; he set the example.

“Whether it was work ethic or character issues, he served as a super role model. Even when I disagreed with him, I never questioned his integrity or his commitment to the Dover Christian Church family. He was a great shepherd!’”

After the final ‘Amen’ at Sunday’s service, Reverend Henderson is confident the church will be left in good hands and that he is making the right decision.

“I feel pretty good about it,” he said. “I’ve (served in the ministry) for 46 years, and John Moore is a great guy. I’ve known him for years, and he’s going to be a great pastor.

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