South Fayette man expands ministry outreach
Phil Henry obtained his undergraduate degree and MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was a three-year letterman on the football team. Not shy with a microphone, he was a college entrepreneur, operating a deejay business and winning the first-ever Mr. IUP talent show. He frequently accepted and orchestrated public speaking engagements.
After working as a financial services advisor for a large firm for 20 years, he became an independent in 2003 and founded Henry Wealth Management. His brother Dan, former owner of several Play It Again stores, joined him a year later as his business partner to assist families and small businesses with their financial planning and investment management needs.
Simultaneously with his new business, he began a neighborhood Bible study. Over the next ten years, he continued holding monthly studies at his South Fayette Township home and attended Tetelestai Church in New Kensington which is led by his brother-in-law, Pastor Alan Knapp. Henry “guest preached” several times at services when the pastor was traveling. This eventually led to Henry's ordination as a minister in July 2016.
He also felt led to expand his neighborhood studies into a larger outreach, launching Phil Henry Power Gospel. This ministry features weekly five-minute power messages and occasional blog posts as well as daily tweets. The bite-sized videos are a way to start one's day, get a little encouragement, or learn more about the grace of God. The blogs are Henry's thoughts in a devotional, thought-provoking format. He also uploads to the website his favorite videos and articles.
“I believe that God enables and empowers every believer in Jesus Christ to some area of service. My area is to proclaim the good news of the gospel in a way that's a little different than someone attending a church service,” said Henry.
His ideas for messages come from everyday life examples while trying to bring gospel stories to life. Before the school year ended, for example, he spoke to the 8th grade boys of South Fayette Middle School during their True G.R.I.T. Day (Growing Responsible and Influential Teens). His presentation centered on the character traits of honesty, humility and respect.