Our Senior Pastor

Bishop Michael Henderson is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He retired from the military in August 1998, after serving his country for over 20 years.  He served in Washington, Georgia, Virginia, overseas in South Korea, Germany and in the Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and Iraq and his final duty station at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. While serving in the Gulf War he was known as the "Desert Pastor" conducting services in the desert.  He is currently serving as the presiding prelate of the New Life Body of Christ Christian Church ministries, and is the full-time pastor of the headquarters church in Wahiawa, Hawaii.  While assigned to South Korea, Pastor Henderson heeded to God’s call and began teaching and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Upon returning from Korea, Bishop Henderson resided in Hinesville, Georgia and was very active in ministry.  In August 1995, God sent Bishop Henderson to Hawaii. He spent his first year on the island without his family, and in June 1996 accepted the office of pastor at the New Life Body of Christ Church in Wahiawa, and at that time, his family joined him here on the island of Oahu.  He accepted his greatest calling from God in November 2001, when he was consecrated by the late Dr. Dennis Welch to the office of Bishop. He and his wife are committed to God, the gospel, their family and God’s people.  Bishop Henderson also oversees the New Life Body of Christ Christian Church in Kingsland, Georgia, under the leadership of Pastor & 1st Lady Pettus and Finding Your Way Back Outreach Ministry in Fort Worth, Texas under the leadership of Pastor Charles Blake.  He has received a diploma in Biblical Counseling and is a Board Certified Biblical Counselor with the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors.  He is a graduate of Biblical Studies and continues to take courses with Light University to assist God's people in all facets of their lives.  Bishop Henderson is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and he serves on the Wahiawa General Hospital Board of Directors, the Wahiawa General Hospital Association, is a member of the Wahiawa Business Association, former President of the Wahiawa Minister’s Association from 2009 to 2015, former President of the Wahiawa Community Based Development Organization, a member of the Disabled Veteran’s Association and the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, Ministerial Advisor for the African American Diversity Cultural Center of Hawaii (AADCCH), selected as an honorary member of the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who, and received the Leadership Achievement Award from the Hawaii Chapter of the NAACP. In 2015 he began working closely with State Representative Marcus Oshiro from Wahiawa concerning the homeless situation on Oahu.  In January 2019, Bishop Henderson received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service from the Honolulu Chapter of the NAACP.  Bishop Henderson is married to Cathie Henderson, and has two children Brandon and Stephanie who both reside in Hawaii.


Our Assistant Pastor

Our Assistant Pastor, Evangelist Cathie Henderson, was raised and educated in Neenah, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school she joined the Army and served four years and then began a career in civil service for the Department of Defense.  On December 31, 2015 she retired from the Federal Government after service 36 years, ending her career as a Housing Privatization Liaison at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.  She has served in South Carolina, South Korea, Washington, Germany, Georgia and her last assignment here in Hawaii since 1996.  She has served as the Assistant Pastor of the New Life Body of Christ Christian Church since June 1996, under the leadership of her loving husband Senior Pastor, Bishop Michael A. Henderson. 1st Lady Henderson is actively involved in the work of ministry at New Life and oversees several of the ministries within the church while serving with a spirit of excellence. She is passionate about bringing out the gifts that God has instilled in His people and is better known as the “Quiet Storm” because of her quiet, meek and humble spirit.  Most    notably, 1st Lady Henderson received the Federal Executive Board Award for Volunteer Service for the Department of the Army here on Oahu, for all of her volunteerism in the community. Her heart is in “touching people and changing lives” and to make a difference in the lives of others.  Now that she has retired from her secular job, she helps out with the Food Bank ministry at the church during the week, serving those less fortunate in the community.  1st Lady Henderson is a breast cancer survivor and gets strength through encouraging and supporting other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Through her experience, she has learned to cherish each day that the Lord continues to bless her with here on this earth.  She enjoys shopping, reading, writing and traveling. She is the devoted mother of Brandon and Stephanie.