- Faith & Family
A mere year ago, Rev. Harrell Henton, 29, was ordained as the senior minister of Brownsville Church of Christ. He said this eye-opening experience as pastor has turned out to be even better than he expected.
“I am thankful God has allowed me to be in this position,” he said. “When I go to sleep at night, I have no regrets because I am doing what I love.”
Henton said his goals for the church are to make sure people are saved, to help them build their faith in God and to help expand membership.
In efforts to reach out to the community, Henton and church members have started a 8:30 a.m. Sunday service where they feed and minister to the homeless, they have also started a daily early morning prayer line and have been heavily advertising their church services.
Henton said he is happy about the different responsibilities he has as pastor. He enjoys being able to help church members by giving them counseling, providing resources and helping with employment.
“I didn’t think they would look to me for that, but they do,” Henton said.
Ministering As A Young Pastor
The family church of about 250 members consists of a majority of senior citizens who have watched Henton grow up. There is a smaller amount of middle-aged congregants and more youth who have been joining the church lately, according to enton.
He has been the youth minister at the church since he was 19 years old. Although some people may think Henton is too young and hasn’t experienced some things that he preaches about, he has never let his age stop him from spreading God’s word.
He successfully managed the youth minister position while studying Communications at the Florida Memorial University.
As a young boy, he would carry around his “little briefcase” to different church events he attended with his grandfather, Rev. Robert Holt, the former pastor of Brownsville Church of Christ. He was exposed to the ministry at a very young age.
Holt continues to minister at the church as the Minister Emeritus, but he stepped down as pastor because of health reasons and also because he felt Henton was “ready to take the torch and run with it,” according to Henton.
Trained To Minister
Holt said he knew without a doubt that Henton was the right one for the position.
“I trained him,” he said. “He’s been with me since he was a baby. I trained him to do this.”
Holt said while deciding, he talked to the Lord and asked for guidance and Henton was the one who was qualified to take over the ministry.
A year ago, Holt and other ministers laid hands on Harrell and ordained him as pastor of The Brownsville Church of Christ.
“I feel like God put him [here] for that special time; to take over,” Holt said.
By Malika A. Wright