Brother Jim Henry is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He received his B.A. degree from Georgetown College, the M.Div. degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and honorary doctorates from Georgetown College and Southwest Baptist University, and California Baptist University. Jim and his wife, Jeanette, have three grown and married children, five grandsons, and one great-grandson.
After being ordained in 1960, Jim served churches in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, and after serving 29 years, is Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida. He has held many national denominational positions, including President of the SBC Pastors Conference (1981), trustee of the International Mission Board (1978-88), trustee of LifeWay Christian Resources Board (1969-75), member of the SBC Peace Committee (1985-88), Chairman of the SBC Spiritual Awakening Task Force (1991), Co-chair of the Reach the World SBC Task Force Committee (1993), President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1994-1996), Chairman of the Baptist Worship Study Commission of Study and Research for Baptist World Alliance (1995-2000), Trustee of GuideStone Financial Services (2004-2011).
He has preached on seminary and college campuses and has spoken at various state and SBC conventions, pastor’s conferences, and other special meetings, including the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. He has made a number of television guest appearances. His writings include six books, Heartwarmers, The Pastor’s Wedding Manual, Keeping Life in Perspective, In Remembrance of Me, The Two Shall Become One, A Treasury of Funeral and Memorial Messages, and Dangerous Intersections, as well as numerous articles. Jim has been active in civic affairs; and honored in the list of Outstanding Young Men of America (1970), named Minister of the Year by the Greater Orlando Baptist Association (1985), Floridian of the Year, by the Orlando Sentinel (1997), awarded the M.E. Dodd Cooperative Program Award, by the SBC, (2000), the Florida Baptist Convention named scholarships for theological education known as Jim Henry Funds (2002), and New Orleans Seminary designed a Jim Henry Classroom for Pastoral Excellence (2002).
In his leisure time, Jim enjoys jogging, reading, fishing, golfing, and grandchildren.