The Rev. Christopher Henry

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN

The Rev. Christopher Henry is senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN. Before coming to Second Presbyterian in June 2018, he served as senior pastor of Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA, for 7 years.

Earlier he served as associate pastor and acting head of staff of Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. Chris began at Morningside as Seminary Intern in March of 2005 and was ordained and installed as Associate Pastor in January of 2008. 

Chris received his Bachelor's degree from Duke University in 2004 with a major in Religion and a minor in Political Science. At graduation, he also received the William J. Griffith University Service Award. Chris graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2007, receiving five honors at graduation including the Wilds Book Prize, Columbia's highest academic honor, and the Harvard A. Anderson Graduate Fellowship, given to the graduating student determined to have the greatest potential for future academic achievement. He also received awards in Biblical Studies, Preaching, and Church History.

Chris is married to the Rev. Sara Hayden, who is Director of the Tri-Presbytery New Church Development Commission. He enjoys sports (especially Duke Basketball), reading, and spending time with Sara and their two sons.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Christopher Henry

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Chris Henry: A Joyful Obligation

Tuesday October 01, 2019
The Rev. Chris Henry says that in Luke 17 Jesus tells an odd parable to his disciples who have just begged him to increase their faith in light of all he has been teaching about living as a follower of his. What Jesus calls them, and us as Christians, to do can seem overwhelming, but Jesus encourages us that we already have enough faith to live out the challenging commands he's given us.

Chris Henry: Faith in a Seed

Tuesday June 12, 2018
The Rev. Chris Henry says that these two parables about seeds in Mark 4 are perhaps not so much a description of what God does to us, but of what we are called to do for God. He encourages us to think of ourselves not as the soil, but as the sower--maybe we are the ones to whom these precious mustard seeds have been entrusted--we are to be active planters of the kingdom of God.

Chris Henry: The Problem with Piety

Tuesday October 18, 2016
The Rev. Chris Henry says Jesus’ parable in Luke 18 is as current as the latest political attack ad or hateful Facebook post, because it captures the heart of the tragic human instinct to lift oneself up by tearing others down. The proud Pharisee thanks God that he is not like those people, while the tax collector begs God for mercy. And Jesus is clear about who goes home justified.

Where to Begin?

Tuesday February 21, 2012
In his sermon for the first Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Chris Henry reminds us of the meaning of our baptism, which empowers us to set out in search of voice and vocation.

Tell Me a Story

Tuesday July 06, 2010
Focusing on the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), the Rev. Chris Henry says that we are followers of Jesus Christ, and our art--like his--is storytelling. It is our turn to tell the old, old stories that still have the power to transform our lives and remake our broken world.

The Nearness of the Kingdom

Sunday July 08, 2007
Christopher Henry has reminds us that as Christians we are called to the the terrifying and empowering journey to actvely share our faith and that the journey requires nothing but faith in God to sustain us and trust in fellow travelers to support us.

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Day1 Salon: Next Gen Preachers Roundtable

Wednesday February 10, 2021
Six up-and-coming preachers and church leaders gather to share their authentic and inspiring thoughts about where we are now and where we're heading as the church in this new day. Watch our Day1 Zoom Salon here!

The Rev. Christopher Henry - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Thursday July 15, 2010
The Rev. Christopher Henry sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace and discusses the time of transition facing Morningside Presbyterian church in Atlanta, his work as associate pastor, and the inspirations that brought him to his work.

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Day 1 Podcast Extra- Henry

Monday July 09, 2007
In this Day 1 Podcast Extra, Christopher Henry, a recent graduate from Columbia Theological Seminary and seminary intern at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA., shares his personal insights and experiences.