John McHenry

John McHenry, M.Sc, M.Div, has served in Belize as a short-term missionary at HCAS and other Anglican school and church locations a number of times over the past decade. As a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Raleigh, John has led three teams to HCAS and will be leading a fourth during Spring of 2010. John came to know about HCAS through the former Bishop of Belize, the Rt. Rev. Sylvestre Romero, who was ordained priest in the mid-1970s. During that period, Fr. Syl served a mission location in Guatemala where John's uncle, the late Rev. Robert Gibson, was also serving; thus the connection. After receiving graduate degrees in Meteorology and Religious Education, John served as a full time parish youth minister for five years in the 1980s while obtaining the M.Div. degree from Duke University Divinity school. Since that time John has been employed professionally in meteorology, where he has published numerous scholarly articles and commercialized a number of technologies. He currently holds the title Chief Scientist with a company that provides data and services to both broadcast and government agencies, including international development locations in Latin America and Eastern Europe. John has served St. Michael's as chair of the Outreach committee and founding member of the Adult Missions committee, on the Adult Education committee, as a youth and adult Sunday school leader, as a youth ministry advisor, a chalice bearer, a lector, a guitar accompanist, and has led or participated in a large number of missions undertakings. John is an accomplished singer/songwriter, with two contemporary Christian CD's -- both are available as fund-raisers for HCAS. John also serves on the DePauw University Science Advisory Board, and is a Visiting Scholar in the Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science Department at North Carolina State University. John is married and has three children, all of whom have participated in at least one Belize mission trip. Overall, John has dedicated more than a year and a half to short term missions.

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