Chris Henry grew up in North Carolina and has lived in Atlanta since 2004. He began his ministry at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in January of 2011. Chris is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Theological Seminary. Upon graduation from seminary, Chris received five honors including the Wilds Book Prize, Columbia’s highest academic honor, and the Harvard A. Anderson Graduate Fellowship. Chris’ work has been published in the Christian Century, Feasting on the Gospels, Journal for Preachers and Covenant Connection, and he has been a featured preacher on Day One, as well as at many Presbyterian and ecumenical events. His interest in learning from and serving others has taken him on spiritual pilgrimages and ministry partnership trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru, and the Iona Community in Scotland.
Chris has a passion for preaching (listen to sermons here) that both inspires and challenges all to faithful living in a complex world. He believes that churches have the capacity and the mandate to be places of transformation in the lives of individuals, the surrounding community, and the world. At Shallowford, he feels deeply blessed to work alongside a gifted and creative staff, visionary leaders, and a committed congregation of disciples who live out the call to invite all people to a faithful way of life in Christ and in community.
Chris is married to the Rev. Sara Hayden, who works as a national associate for the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative (onethousandone.org). In September of 2013, Sara and Chris welcomed a son, Samuel Joshua. Chris enjoys grilling on the Big Green Egg, playing golf, watching Duke basketball, reading biographies and novels, traveling (especially to western Colorado), and spending time with Sara, Samuel, and their dog, Frida.