Dr. John Henry, Jr. was born in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Berea High School in Berea, OH, completed both the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Education at the University of Akron, in Akron, OH, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education at the University of Houston. He recently completed a Master of Christian Education Degree at Apex School of Theology.
Along Dr. Henry's journey, he has accepted the call and is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. He believes in the study of the Scriptures as the Apostle Paul mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:15. He is currently enrolled in Wesley Theological Seminary’s joint Deacon Education Program with Pfeiffer University (Charlotte Campus), and will finish his Basic Graduate Theological Studies in May 2021, seeking Provisional Ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church.
Dr. Henry has taught public school music (Band, Choir, and General Music) in Ohio. He served as an Assistant Director of Bands at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX from 1994-2001. Since 2001, Dr. Henry has been teaching at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC, where he is currently the Director of the Music Program. Dr. Henry is active in numerous boards at the local, regional and national levels. Dr. Henry is an active musical arranger and performer on trombone, piano, keyboard, and voice, performing with numerous groups including his own group, The John Henry Ensemble.
In addition, Dr. Henry currently serves in the Music Ministries at Maple Grove Baptist Church in Burlington, NC, and his church, Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC, where he has served in the capacities of Men’s Choir, Lay Leader, Lay Servant, and the President of the United Methodist Men. He is married to Carissa Graves-Henry, who is self-employed in Accounting and Financial Services, and Real Estate. They also have a 1 year-old daughter, Jalissa.