Dr. Morris Henderson

BOARD MEMBER | executive director of the Center Advancing Self Help, adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Morris Henderson was born in Columbus, Mississippi, where he spent his early childhood. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University School of Theology in Richmond, Virginia and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC.

Dr. Henderson served as an adjunct professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, and he is a former instructor of Religious Studies at the Governor’s School in Richmond, Virginia. He also served as an adjunct professor of Religion, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi.

He has served as executive director of the Williams Institute of Technology and Humanities, Inc. Columbus, Mississippi, and executive director of the Golden Triangle Regional Housing Corporation, Columbus, Mississippi. He continues to serve as executive director of the Center for Community Enrichment.

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Dr. Henderson was a professional musician with the musical organization Wynd Chymes, Inc. from 1973 to 1985. The group recorded two albums on the RCA record label and had songs to reach the Billboard Top 100 list. They were the featured artist of the month in the November 1982 edition of “Right On” magazine.

Organizations for which he has served with include, Baptist General Convention of Virginia, Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Richmond and Vicinity, Black Music Association, the Richmond Chapter of the NAACP, Board of Directors of the Prison Family Support Services, Advisory Council for the Literacy Council of Richmond, Virginia, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, Tricycle Gardens, and Bon Secours Health Systems.

 He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Presently, he is a retired Pastor. His church in the East End of Richmond, Virginia earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s historic designation as among the nation’s first urban farm to receive a Farm Serial Number.