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Henry announces 'redeployment' from Orlando pastorate

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) - Jim Henry will step down as co-pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando March 31, 2006, he has announced in a letter sent to the church members in October.

Henry, 67, has been pastor of the Orlando congregation since 1977. He was elected twice as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

In May, First Baptist called David Uth as co-pastor, with Henry telling the congregation that the two would serve together and "after a while" Uth would "take the ball and run with it" as senior pastor.

Although Henry plans to remain in the Orlando congregation, he insisted, "I must not be seen as your pastor," and requested the membership's assistance in this new designation.

Rather than calling it retirement, Henry said that he considers the transition in his ministry to be a "redeployment."