senior pastor bill henry
Pastor Bill Henry came to know Jesus through repentance of his sins and believing on Jesus Christ to be his Lord and Savior at the age of 19, in 1982. He was heavily into the surfer lifestyle- including an addiction to pot and being a drunk. He was invited to attend a charismatic Catholic retreat, that was designed to bring young Catholics into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It was there that he was born again in Jesus Christ - and that repentance and salvation truly took place in his life.
During the eight years to follow, he grew in the Lord, becoming a leader and teacher - as well as being in a Christian New Wave band, - yet he found that the ground he had been building his foundation upon was not the Solid Rock of the Word of God and he found his Christian life was build upon sand.
During this time he had also been attending Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California for some mid-week studies and Christian music. He started reading his Bible through for the first time in his life, after some prompting from his big sister - and the Lord began making radical changes in Bill's life, and soon after he began to attend Calvary Chapel of Cost Mesa full time.
He found a renewed and deeper love for Jesus and a brand new love and respect for the Bible, the Word of God.
After attending Calvary for a while, he began to lead worship at various studies, the Santa Ana Rescue Mission, and several rest homes as well.
In 1992 he was accepted into Calvary Chapel of Cost Mesa's School Of Ministry, or SOM, as it is fondly called. While attending there he served as the leader of a Christian Praise and worship band, he also began teaching again and eventually the Lord raised him up to take over and teach the Musician's Fellowship. He also began teaching at that same Rescue Mission he had led worship at, as well as at rest homes. After two years he left the Musician's Fellowship to take over the High School Ministries Home Fellowship. He graduated from the School of Ministry in 1994.
He had also met his future wife, Talia, while being on-staff and serving at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and they were married in July of 1995.
The Lord later called Bill and Talia up the Pacific Northwest where he served as an Assistant Pastor at a large Calvary Chapel affiliate for two years, while living in Battle Ground, WA.
Bill left there in 2004 and they started an new work in Battle Ground called Simple Faith Calvary Chapel. After meeting in schools mostly for 6 years, they finally found a building to lease in Brush Prairie, WA and are extreemly blessed.
Bill and Talia have also been blessed with three wonderful girls in their family too!
The heart here is to love the Lord our God with all we are, to love each other as we love ourselves, and to love the lost for Jesus Christ...
To "equip the saints for the work of the minsitry" - through the teaching/preaching of God's powerful and perfect Word; verse-by-verse and chapter-by-chapter, learning to walk ever deeper in the Spirit of our God.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good!"