It is my privilege and joy to be serving the Days Ferry Congregational Church as interim minister. During this time of transition our church life is not on hold in any way. Rather it is an exciting time of renewing self-evaluation and discovery, deepening of our faith perspective, and progressive movement into the future.
I invite you to visit us sometime soon. You will find a friendly atmosphere, the presence of Christ in our worship, a place where you can belong, and the opportunity to participate in serving the needs of our community and larger world. We’d love to meet you!
Cordially, Jim Henry
A Note from Rev. Henry ~
I was blessed to be reared in a Christian home, and at an early age sensed a desire to serve God in some way. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy I sensed a more definitive calling to pastoral ministry and completed a Master of Divinity seminary degree.
I began my ministry with the understanding that God’s interest in me as a person is prior to God’s interest in me as a ministerial practitioner. (God loves me for who I am, not for what I may do for the Kingdom.) I have therefore resolved that the glory and honor of God is to be the primary motivating impulse for all my life and ministry. I am not driven by notions of professional and ecclesiastic success, but rather by the desire to please God and to serve as a faithful steward in the Kingdom of God. I want to “take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me”. (Philippians 3:12 NIV)
Over the past 50 years, I have served a number of congregations in various circumstances, and ultimately retired in 2010 after 13 happy years as Minister of the Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church in Harpswell. Since then I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve in part-time positions as the Interim Minister in four churches, the DFCC being the fifth. I have found it very gratifying to see these churches through a period of transition and on to a new phase of life with newly settled ministers.
Preaching is a priority for me and has become a demanding but gratifying pursuit. Through the years, I have become increasingly conscientious in my study and preparation for sermons and the entire service of worship. Preaching must be a faithful and obvious presentation of biblical content and must also demonstrate the relevance of that content in its application to the practical lives of the hearers and the larger culture.
Having grown up near Pittsburgh, I root for the Steelers… unless they are playing the Patriots! I enjoy kayaking, wood carving and tooting a trombone.
My family is the center of my life. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, Marge, two great children and four lively grandchildren. If I can die knowing the favor of God, the devotion of my wife, and the respect of my children, I will die a happy man.