In a letter addressed to the Central Jamaica Conference Executive Committee, dated July 13, 2016, Pastor Ronnie Henry, Executive Secretary of Conference, informed the Committee of his decision to retire in January 2017.
At his retirement, Pastor Henry would have completed 46 years of service with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 42 of those years have been spent in Administrative work, the other 4 years (2006-2010) being in pastoral ministry at the Maranatha District of churches.
Pastor Henry mentioned that his wife, V. Patricia Henry, will also retire in 2017. Together, they would have given a total of 77 years’ service to the church and spent 42 years in marriage. They have two adult children Ronnie II (son) and Ronicia (daughter).
Pastor Levi Johnson, President of CJC said that a Committee will be formed to ensure that Pastor Henry and his wife make a smooth transition into retirement.
Born on Octber 12, 1949 to Seventh-day Adventist parents in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica, Ronnie L. Henry is the seventh of eleven children.
He received his early education at the Mile End Seventh-day Adventist Church School and Dinthill Technical High School. As a full-time working student, he attended West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) and graduated in 1970 with a Diploma in Business Administration. Later, he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree also from West Indies College and in 2003, the Masters in Business Administration Degree from Northern Caribbean University. Since 1970, he has been working with the church – in the Bahamas Conference (1970-1982) where he served substantively as Treasurer while occupying various other positions including that of: Accountant, Secretary-Treasurer, Stewardship Director, District Pastor, Auditor, and ABC Manager. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in January 1980.
He served at Northern Caribbean University between 1982 and1991, first as Assistant Business Manager and then as Vice-President for Finance. From there he was called to the Central Jamaica Conference where he served for nine years (1991-2000), substantively as Treasurer and in various other capacities including: ABC Manager, Development Director and Stewardship Director. At the Union Session held in 2000, Pastor Henry was elected to serve as Stewardship Director of West Indies Union and shortly thereafter, he was assigned the additional responsibility for Strategic Planning and Spirit of Prophecy.
In January 2006 he took on the new assignment of District Pastor in the Central Jamaica Conference with responsibility for the Maranatha District of Churches which comprises: Maranatha, Waltham, Georges Valley and Bethel churches. In December 2009 he was voted Parish Coordinator for Manchester.
At the Conference Session held in July 2010, he was elected to be the Stewardship and Trust Services Director for the Central Jamaica Conference. Shortly after, he was voted Spirit of Prophecy Coordinator. It was on August 17, 2010 that he achieved the milestone of forty (40) years of service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
As God would have it, Pastor Henry would once more be called to administrative duties when on December 6, 2010, the Conference Executive Committee appointed him as Executive Secretary. He was re-elected to that position during the Conference Session of 2014. In October 2014, he was also appointed as Director of Publishing Ministry.
In civic life, he is a member of the Manchester Lay Magistrates Association, having been commissioned to be a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Manchester in 2003. He is also an active member and officer of the College View Citizens’ Association.
Pastor Henry is a proud grandfather of five (5) boys and two (2) girls. His hobbies include gardening, nature walks and astronomy. He enjoys swimming, playing volleyball and table tennis.
His mantra us “If there is nothing that you are prepared to die for, then maybe you should not live.”