Becoming a Minister

Hello, my name is Brad Henry, and I am becoming a minister through study at Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible courses, Click Here). I am currently living in Massachusetts. I have 3 biological children, 2 adopted children, 2 stepchildren, and 3 grandchildren.

My Journey  

I grew up in the Lutheran Church as a child, mostly living with my grandparents in Colorado. Later, while my brother and I lived with my mother, we were baptized into the Mormon faith when I was 15. Shortly after that, we moved out of town and did not go to church anymore. I was not consistently active in any church for the next 35 years. However, I had many conversations with Jesus. Around 2016, prompted by an old friend and in memory of my mother, I started attending the Mormon church again. That only lasted for about 2 years, though. Things weren’t clicking for me.

Saved by Grace

In the fall of 2020, a friend of mine introduced me to an online Christ-based group. I watched a few of his zoom meetings and quickly wanted to join his group. Each week, we reviewed a Bible study, checked in on each other, and gave prayer requests. In January of 2021, I helped my friend move out of state. I ended up staying for 4 days. All we did was talk about God’s grace and Christ Jesus. My mind and heart finally realized that God is real. I knew that I wanted to give my life to Christ. So, my friend baptized me, and there is no looking back.

Called to Minister

I began praying hard and thinking about how I can best give my life to Christ. One day in March of this year, I heard the word “minister” loud and clear in my head. My friend was enrolled in the Christian Leaders Institute and had talked to me about it from time to time. I asked him for more details, and here I am at CLI!

God has been incredibly patient with me. Looking back, I see many times that God tried to get my attention. I see that He was always there watching over me. I am so grateful that I finally listened to Him and finally have a lady in my life that God is vital to her. We love to talk about Christ, faith, and scripture. I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with her!

My spiritual dream is to minister to individuals and small groups, either in person or online. I work full-time with a busy schedule that is constantly changing. The only way I can receive an education in ministry is through CLI. I am grateful to be able to be a Vision Partner here.