Drew Henry

Chair


 

Drew_Henry_Menaul_Board-150x250Drew Henry serves as the pastor of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the historic village of Placitas. He and his family have enjoyed being a part of that community since 2011. Drew is a native of Selma, AL. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. While at Rhodes, Drew was elected to serve as the Vice President and the President of the college’s student body. He was recognized with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for his service to that community.

Drew was one of the first Young Adult Volunteers (YAV’s) to serve with the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was a volunteer with and eventually director of Pastoral de Acción Solidaria – a ministry of solidarity among men and women who are homeless in the streets of downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Drew was serving. What began as a one year commitment turned into seven. Drew found he had a gift for speaking Spanish that he did not know he had. He was the founding director of Diagonal, a street paper organized with the homeless and professional volunteers from the media. Drew began and completed his graduate studies in theology at the Instituto Superior Evangélico de Estudios Teológicos (ISEDET) in Buenos Aires. He served as a lay member of the pastoral team at the Catedral Anglicana de San Juan Bautista. Most importantly, Drew met his wife, Tamara Hudson, while living and working in this South American capital of over 13 million people. Drew and Tamara were married in Buenos Aires in 1997.

Drew and Tamara moved to his home state of Alabama in 2001. Drew was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2002. He served as an associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham from 2002 until 2010. While in Birmingham, Drew helped to initiate a city-wide, interracial, congregation-based community organizing effort, Birmingham Faith in Action, which is part of the national People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) movement.

An unexpected call led Drew to Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. He loves serving a congregation that is intentional about being an integral part of its community. Drew is active in the Presbytery of Santa Fe, where he serves on the Finance and Property Committee. He is a facilitator for the Institute for Clergy Excellence, an organization that encourages pastors to employ creative agency for self-directed renewal through peer learning groups. Drew’s most important job is as a husband and the father of two children, the oldest of whom is already a student at Menaul. Drew enjoys music, cooking, keeping bees, and learning to play an old fiddle that his paternal grandfather used to play.

Committees

Chair, Board of Trustees; Chair, Executive Committee; all committees (ex-officio)