BLOWING ROCK — The Men’s Connection Bible Study of Blowing Rock will be hosting retired pastor Jim Henry from Orlando, Fla., for its 11th annual summer breakfast, which takes place Friday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 a.m. in the Evergreen Room at Chetola Resort.

“A beloved pastor for nearly 60 years, Jim Henry, now retired, has served The First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., since 1977,” a statement from the Men’s Connection Bible Study said. “Many in this area will remember him as interim minister of Mount Vernon Baptist Church a few years back.”

Henry is a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a post which he held in 1994-95 and 1995-96, According to the convention, they have more than 51,000 churches across America and is the second-largest denomination in American.

“The organizations he has been a part of as president, chairman, trustee or director are entirely too numerous to list, but suffice to say he has served his church an the Christian community with great distinction and honor,” the Men’s Connection Bible Study said.

Henry was honored by the city of Orlando and Orange County in 2002 with Jim Henry Day.

He has preached on seminary and college campuses and has spoken at various state and SBC conventions, pastor’s conferences, and other special meetings, including the Billy Graham School of Evangelism,” Henry’s website states.

Jim and his late wife, Jeanette, are the parents of two daughters, a son and five grandsons.

No ticket is required for entry and the event is open to men, women and children.

The Men’s Connection Bible Study of Blowing Rock is a non-political group that meets every Tuesday morning at Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort.

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