Rev. Christopher Henry

Chris Henry, Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, is a gifted preacher, strategic leader, and devoted teacher, working alongside staff and lay leaders to faithfully and courageously guide the congregation. Chris lives out his call to congregational ministry and leads out of his conviction that churches have both the capacity and the mandate to be places of transformation in individual lives, the broader community, and the world. Furthering this vision, he hosts the podcast, Faithful Discourse with Chris Henry, bringing together voices from different professions, backgrounds, and beliefs to explore the intersection of faith and civic life.

Chris is a graduate of Duke University (BA in Religion) and Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv). He served churches in Atlanta, GA, before his call to Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis in 2018. Chris is married to Rev. Sara Hayden, who serves as Director of Apprenticeships, Residencies and Leadership Cohorts for the 1001 New Worshipping Communities movement of the PC(USA) and hosts the New Way podcast. Sara and Chris met as students at Columbia Seminary and were married in 2008. They are the parents of two sons, Samuel and Benjamin.

Chris loves running long distances, coaching his sons’ sports teams, cheering for Duke basketball, reading biographies and novels, exploring the mountains of Colorado and North Carolina, and spending time with Sara, Sam, and Ben.

Book recommendations: Gilead (Marilynne Robinson), Jayber Crow (Wendell Berry), After Virtue (Alasdair MacIntyre), Telling the Truth (Frederick Buechner)