Rev. Terri Henkel

Rev. Teresa (Terri) Henkel was appointed to Alpharetta Methodist as Congregational Care Associate Pastor in June 2016.

I am originally from Southern California, and the beach is like a second home to me. I have been married to my husband Gary for 28 years. When we married, he was active duty in the United States Navy and eventually retired from the Navy. Our family had the opportunity to live in different parts of the country; we were stationed in Georgia for a time. When Gary retired from the Navy, we chose to return to Georgia and plant our roots here. We are greatly blessed with four grown children and are now enjoying our ever-growing family with the addition of grandchildren. Time together as a family is one of my great joys. I also enjoy time with a good book, cooking and the beach.

I came to accept Christ in my mid-twenties in the Episcopal Church, and from that moment on, my life has been forever changed. My first experience with serving in the church was Children’s Ministry and eventually with the youth. Over the years I enjoyed teaching Sunday School, leading Bible studies, planning special events and women’s ministries. During the years before entering pastoral ministry, I worked for the school system as a para- pro in Special Education.

It was during my years serving Hiram United Methodist as Youth Minister and working with Special Education in Paulding County that I began to hear God’s call upon my life. I answered his call and started an incredible journey. My first appointment in the United Methodist Church was in 2003. I began my studies at Shorter University and then graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary. I will be commissioned in June 2016 during Annual conference.

The journey Christ has called me on has been an amazing adventure that continues to bless me, as well as stretch me. It is my heart’s desire to walk alongside people, help them come to know Jesus Christ, guide them as their lives are forever changed and help them learn and grow while continuing to be transformed by the love and grace of our Lord and Savior.