Henry grew up in Bowie, Maryland. He was active in the Christian Community Presbyterian Church throughout his youth and was ordained a deacon as a teenager. After falling in love with religious studies as an undergraduate at Duke University, he earned a Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. In his first pastoral call, Henry served as associate pastor of First United Church of Christ in Milford, Connecticut, a 1200-member congregation with a corporate style of ministry. In 1989, Henry was called as pastor to Calvary Presbyterian Church in Alexandria. Henry writes freelance articles on religious topics for the The Washington Post and USA Today, and has been a writer for the preaching journal Homiletics since 1998.
Henry met his wife Nancy Freeborne in their church youth group in Bowie. They were married in 1985 and have two children, Sadie and Sam. Henry is committed to fitness -- "Which has both physical and spiritual benefits," he reports. In recent years, Henry has taken up distance running, competing in marathons from Tucson to Boston. He has also completed a sprint triathlon and a Century bike ride (100 miles). Family time is important to Henry, whether it involves visiting daughter Sadie in San Diego, cheering son Sam at one of his college track meets, going out to dinner with Nancy, or visiting with extended family that live nearby.