Front Pew with Pastor David Henry

Sunday, May 16, 2010    

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Name: Pastor David Henry

Church: Swallowfield Chapel

Location: 5 and 9 Swallowfield Road, Kingston

Denomination: Christian Brethren

Membership: 881 active members

Number of years as a pastor: Nine

Marital status: Married to Brenda Chin with three daughters.

Four things people would be surprised to know about you:

1. I don't own a cellphone.

"I don't own a cellphone. It is one of the ways in which I can monitor calls that come to me. I think my wife might have bought me one sometime ago -- when they used to have those old-time, big ones. But I have no interest in cellphones. I use them from time to time if I need to make a call, (but) I use my daughter's."

2. I am a musician.

"I was a part of the first students in the Afro American Department of the Jamaica School of Music when it moved over here to Edna Manley. I used to play the trombone. I love music, I played a lot of music in high school and after school. One thing I could say that people may not know is that I used to play the euphoniun, which is a baritone-toned instrument that's played in the band. So we had a fantastic band in school -- a band that won the shield of excellence in festival, among other things at Excelsior, where I went."

3. I used to practise law for a living.

"Some people would be surprised to know that I am a lawyer, but that's my first training. I am a litigation lawyer, so I used to sue people and defend people who are sued in any matter. People would think it's a bit of an oxymoron that a lawyer could be a pastor, or that a lawyer could even be a Christian."

4. I am a footballer.

"I played football for the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, back in the day. I still play football now, but with the young men in the community, and I love to play."

-- Nadine Wilson





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