Congregation to vote on pastor’s request to stay
9/15/2017, 11:05 a.m.
Dr. Morris G. Henderson announced his retirement in late May, but now he is seeking to stay on as pastor of Thirty-first Street Baptist Church.
Members will have a chance to vote on whether to allow Dr. Henderson to stay or authorize his retirement at a congregational meeting to be held Monday, Sept. 25, at the 102-year-old church at 831 N. 31st St. in Church Hill.
Previously postponed from August, the meeting had been scheduled for Monday. However, it was postponed another two weeks at Dr. Henderson’s request.
The congregation has been rattled by concerns about finances and a decline in membership.
Dr. Henderson has led the church since 2007. The former minister of music at Thirty-first Street, he was installed as the church’s sixth pastor following the death of Dr. Darrel Rollins.
Dr. Henderson is best known for collaborating with community groups to create a garden complex on church property to improve the supply of fresh vegetables in Church Hill.