Remembering Eldress Mary Henderson | New

The Eldress Mary Henderson is now “forever at her service” after Henderson County lost a beloved member of its community on August 4.

Pastor Henderson is the current Athens Citizen of the Year, as she is loved not only by her congregation, but by the entire community. She had previously stated that her goal in life was “to shine her image daily and stay in the shadows and let Jesus shine within” and many would agree that she did.

Known as more than just a pastor and as “Aunt Mary” or “Aunt Pastor” to many, she was a friend to everyone she met. Most describe Eldress Henderson as a woman of God with quiet strength who presented herself in a male-dominated pastoral world with style, grace and class.

Having served in ministry for more than 40 years, including helping with Sunday school and singing, Henderson took over as senior pastor of the General Assembly Church of the Living God in the 1990s. and led the church with exemplary service and leadership for the past. 27 years.

Eldress Henderson grew up on Hamlett Street in Athens and graduated from Fisher High. On June 29, Mary and her husband Tom celebrated 59 years of marriage and their daughter described them as “a great example of what God can do if only you keep him first.”

During Henderson’s years as a pastor at COTLG, the church built a Family Life Center, which is a gathering place for special events, brought high-speed internet capabilities to the infrastructure, and installed a microphone system. in the sanctuary.

Community was something that was very important to her and over the years Henderson blessed many organizations with her servant heart. Some she has been affiliated with include Henderson County Arts Council, Adoptive Parent of Lady Cards, Ministry of Prison, Athens Race Task Force, Henderson Co. IMA, NAACP-BAT, l Athens Ministerial Alliance, March for Jesus, ETMC Chaplain, Athens ISD Crime Fighters, and many more.

Condolences continue to go out to her family and her community church that she loved and who loved her. The details of the celebration of life will be given soon.

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