Henry Greenidge is a leader in creating healing environments, promoting racial reconciliation and developing multi-ethnic ministries in churches and organizations across America. He is a gifted worship leader preacher and event champion who brings people together in joyous fellowship and worship. He and his family are known around the Pacific Northwest and a cross the country for their music ministry.
In May 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctor of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary for his work in pioneering multiethnic work in the Evangelical Covenant Church and for his role as a worship leader at major denominational events.
He attended Nyack Missionary College in upstate New York, where he received a Bachelor of Music and Theology degree and eventually taught music in the New York public schools for two years. He also attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. And throughout his professional career attended numerous workshops and seminars on counseling individuals and families in crisis.
In the 1980’s he pioneered as the first ethnic Young Life staff area director in the Pacific Northwest, serving full-time in Seattle, WA.
In 1988, Henry planted Irvington Covenant Church in Portland Oregon, the first intentionally multiethnic congregation in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) denomination. Under his leadership, the ministry grew into four separate organizations:
• Irvington Village (in partnership with Covenant Retirement Communities): a 104 unit assisted living facility that provides affordable living and care to seniors. He also served as the chaplain and helped coordinate volunteer activities for the members at Irvington Covenant church.
• Irvington Covenant Community Development Corporation: which built low cost housing and trained ex-offenders in the construction trades, helping them qualify for family wage employment.
• Renaissance Academy: an after school music program for elementary kids.
• Irvington Covenant Church: the worshipping church family.
In September 2008, after 20 years as the founding pastor of Irvington Covenant, he retired from full-time pastoral ministry.
Currently, he serves as lead Pastor at Safety Harbor community church in Safety Harbor Florida and as executive pastor and coach at Common Ground Covenant church in Jackson MS.
His focus is on mentoring and leadership development.
He helps leaders develop healthy practices for their personal lives as a foundation for sustainable productive rewarding work.
He is skilled at creating favorable relational environments utilizing his music and worship skills to engage people, whether those be large gatherings with thousands, or small groups of individuals from various ethnic and social backgrounds.
He and his wife Kathy have developed extensive relationships with other pastors ,leaders, and their families both in the US and abroad.
In January 2002, he received the Drum Major for Justice Award. This was presented by the Skanner Newsgroup in Portland Oregon at their 16th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, “for your contribution to economic and social justice in the community.”
In May 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctor of Divinity degree at North Park University.
Since retiring from Irvington Covenant church he has served in interim positions in Bellevue Washington, Sacramento California and Minneapolis Minnesota, Orange California
He’s an engaging communicator with an ability to bring diverse peoples together for the common good.
Pastor Henry and his wife, Kathleen, are the proud parents of five grown children.