Who's that Minister? Paul Henry!
Here at the FiG we are going to help you get to know some of the men from around the denomination. Paul Henry has just started at Rotorua Grace Church.
Paul married to Crystal Henry (2000). Have four children PJ (16), Calvin (14), Adele (12), Elizabeth (8).
Where have you lived in your life?
Paul was born in upstate New York then at a young age moved to Pennsylvania. At the age of 10, he moved to Florida where we lived until he went away for university in Toccoa Falls, Georgia and then later Anderson, South Carolina. Crystal grew up in central Pennsylvania. After we were married we went into cross-cultural missions through the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). 2005 we moved to Thailand and spent 4 years in Bangkok church planting. Then we moved to Orlando, Florida so Paul could attend Reformed Theological Seminary. We spent four years there and then returned to Thailand. We spent another year in Bangkok and then moved to Trang, Thailand in the southernmost part of Thailand to church plant among the Muslims. In 2018 we moved back to the US for about a year and a half before moving to Rotorua where we currently are.
When did you become a Christian and what did God use to make you a Christian?
I grew up in a Christian family and there isn’t a day that I can remember when I didn’t know the Lord. There is one day that I do remember clearly though when I was eight that God showed me just how much of a sinner I was and in need of his saving grace. It was a Sunday afternoon when this happened just after meeting for church. I don’t remember what the pastor preached on that day but I do remember feeling a deep conviction of my sin. I simply asked my mom if she would pray with me while I asked Christ into my heart. Although I look to use this day as a turning point in my Christian walk I believe I was already saved because even before I was eight I loved Jesus with my whole heart in believed in him alone for my salvation.
If you were trapped on a desert island which three books would you bring outside the Bible?
Pilgrims Progress, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and some book on fishing.
How long have you been a Minister?
I was ordained in the PCA in August 2014 but have been a ruling elder in Thailand since 2007.
What is your favourite passage in the Bible?
What do you do to “wind down” on your day off?
I like being outside either golfing, fishing, surfing, biking, or hiking. If I can’t be outside I like painting landscapes.
Three preachers, that have impacted you and your development?
Paul Tripp, A.W. Tozer, Rev. David Veldhorst (former leader in Thailand).
What is the ideal holiday for you?
Either going to a tropical island in the Andaman Sea or camping in the mountains.
Three theologians, that have impacted you and your development?
Dr Richard Pratt, Dr John Frame, John Calvin.
What is the most hilarious thing that has happened to you?
When I was in a language school in Thailand I was suffering from heartburn or indigestion from the spicy food. I decided to write out the word in Thai for heartburn and take it to the pharmacy to get medicine. I went to three different pharmacies and each place said they didn’t have any medicine for that. I got three very strange responses too from the pharmacists. I didn’t understand why. So, I took what I had written down to a missionary who had been in Thailand a long time and asked them why I was getting these responses and after she looked at what I had written down she just laughed and said, “What you have written down means that your heart is burning with desire.” She gave me the right word to use and I was able to get the proper medicine.