Former Disciples vice moderator, minister and seminary professor Kenneth Earl Henry has died. Henry, 77, of Decatur, Ga., passed away Oct. 28. He was a founding member of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur and was a professor at Interdenominational Theological Seminary, retiring in 2003. He was the first African-American to serve as first vice moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from 1982-’83. He also served the general church in other capacities and in numerous ecumenical and academic positions.
"Rev. Henry could very well be thought of as a co-founder of the Ray given his work in the early stages," commented Cynthia Hale, senior pastor of Ray of Hope. "He was the one who met me when I came to town, welcomed me and helped me find a place to live. He also sent letters to Disciples all over the nation, looking for persons who had moved to Atlanta, telling them about the new church. He served as an Elder, Adult Sunday School teacher, member of the Board as well as a minister. He was a beloved and active member of the church to the very end. We will miss him."
A memorial service took place Nov. 6 at Ray of Hope. To read Henry’s obituary, visit: www.disciples.org/Portals/0/PDF/DNS/2010/20101110-ObitKenHenry.pdf