And [our Lord] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ...
— Ephesians 4:11-12
 
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Joe Henson, III — Pastor

Pastor Joe Henson grew up in a pastor's home on the island of Guam, in the south Pacific. Throughout his childhood and growing up years he attended Christian school (Harvest Christian Academy) and was active in his local church. Later he graduated from Bob Jones University with a BA in Bible and a minor in Creative Writing. Following his undergraduate studies, he studied at both Northland International University and Bob Jones Seminary  and earned a MA in Pastoral Studies. It was during his college years that he trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior and met his wife, Kristi, who also graduated from BJU with a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Counseling. Like Joe, Kristi was reared in a godly home. Far from the Pacific, though, she grew up in the hills of West Virginia. Over the years, Pastor Joe and Kristi have served the Lord together in camp ministry, Christian education, itinerant evangelism, and pastoral ministry.

In late July of 2011, the Lord led Pastor Joe, Kristi, and their three daughters (Karis Grace, Elissa Faith, and Raena Truth) to Raleigh, NC. They have fallen in love with the people of and life in NC, and they look forward to many more years of life and ministry here. By God’s grace, the Hensons seek to engage the people of God in Christ-centered, Gospel-motivated, Word-saturated, Grace-living, Disciple-making, and Mission-focused ministry. Pastor Joe strives to consistently exposit the Scriptures and preach the vital need for:

  • a proper understanding of, dependence upon, and submission to the truth of God’s Word;
  • a humble, faithful, and passionate walk with Christ;
  • an active and intentional obedience to the will and commands of our God;
  • a fervent desire to know and demonstrate the glory and majesty of God;
  • and an increasing burden for and commitment to reaching and making disciples of the lost and dying in our community and the rest of the world.

It is their utmost desire that God would be glorified in everything that is done here at TBC, that God’s people would be shaken from the all-too-common state of complacency that plagues the church of Jesus Christ today, and that a “culture of grace” would flourish in every aspect of the church’s ministry to saved and lost alike.