John Arden Henry, born in October of 1938, was the first of three children born to Elmer and Helen Henry. His dad always reminded him that he took a long time to arrive once they got to the hospital (72 hours). John was raised in Oakland, California, and attended Allendale Public School. After moving to San Leandro, he graduated from San Lorenzo High School in 1956.\n\nJohn attended Western Baptist Bible College in El Cerrito, California, where he met and married Beatrice Pearl Daly, his loved and valued helpmate for 49 years. During those years, God gave him his life and ministry verse of Psalm 37:23. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Following the path that God gave them, they joined Hiawatha Land Independent Baptist Mission, now known as Continental Baptist Mission. Upon graduation from Western Baptist Bible College, John, Pearl and daughter, Patti, moved to Canada to minister in Cold Lake, Alberta. From there they ministered in St. Paul, Alberta, where son Samuel joined the family.\n\nJohn and family continued to minister with the mission in churches in Perkins, Michigan, where Daniel Zwicker joined the family, in Hessel, Michigan, and starting Berean Baptist Church in Fairfield, California.\n\nLeaving the mission in 1988, John became the pastor of Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Escanaba, Michigan, then Campbell Baptist Church in Campbell, California, followed by First Baptist Church in Hawthorne, Nevada. \n\nDuring the years, God also further strengthened John by leading him to teach at the Perkins Public School (Perkins, Michigan), Maxwell Christian School (Maxwell, California), Orchard Avenue Christian School (Vacaville, California) and Paradise Christian School in Paradise, California. He also taught Bible Institute classes in the churches where he pastored and was used as a mentoring influence in many a young ministry person’s life.\n\nJohn and Pearl always had an open-door policy. Throughout their marriage, they opened their home to those in need. In Canada, they had a boarder during the weeks. At different points, in almost all of their ministries, they had people staying with them. There were foster children, people who needed a time of refuge, parents, and people from other countries who needed a place to stay for a while. These people were always brought into the home and loved like family. In fact, Daniel Zwicker has always been as another of his children, which made John a very young grandparent.\n\nJohn graduated from Western Baptist Bible College in El Cerrito, California, which is now Corban University in Salem, Oregon. He received his Master of Ministry degree from Northland International University in Dunbar, Wisconsin. \n\nWhile in Hawthorne, Nevada, Pearl left this life and was promoted to glory. This time was very difficult for John, especially with the suddenness of her passing. To be a comfort, God brought back into John’s life, a flame from his high school days, Judy. This flame quickly ignited, and he and Judy Mae Schuette Comer were married. He said that she “rescued” him. They were married for fourteen precious years.\n\nWhen John and Judy left Hawthorne, they moved to Missionary Acres in Missouri. John was able to preach in the church they attended, along with being an interim pastor at a church in the area. They kept active by teaching in Sunday School and helping when the opportunity arose.\n\nAll through life, John also has been known for his artistic pursuits. In his younger ministry years, he did chalk drawings. They kept people fascinated while he used it to illustrate a story. When the blacklight was turned on, the hidden picture would be revealed. John was a sought after photographer for events, whether weddings, sports activities, family portraits, or prayer card pictures. And, if any of you have been in any place where he has lived, you have seen pen and ink drawings, and paintings that he has created. John enjoyed gardening and encouraging some of the hottest peppers. One of his joys was giving an unsuspecting person, especially his son-in-law, one of his surprisingly hot peppers.\n\nAn avid reader, John also greatly enjoyed bird and animal watching. There was always a bird book available somewhere in the house for putting a name with a bird. Trains were quite the fascination, and he spent many hours building and running model train set-ups. Most of you probably know that he was also a lighthouse aficionado. John was a multi-faceted person with great and varied interests.\n\nJohn has always been a man dedicated to the Lord and to the study of His Word. He has sought to know God better and to make Him known to others. John’s time for study is now done as he is face-to-face with his Redeemer. John’s great desire is that each and every one of you hearing this would know God personally and, one day in the future, be with him praising God together.\n\nJohn is survived by his sister Marjo Henry-Crowley, and brother Robert (Connie) Henry both of California. He is survived by his wife Judy of Decatur, Illinois; Children Patti (Dave) West of Argentina, Samuel Henry of Michigan, Daniel (Gloria) Zwicker of Michigan, Becky (Brad) Arndt of Illinois, David (Kerry) Comer of Colorado, Ruth Comer of Alabama, and Stephanie (Jack) Dunlap of Alabama; Grandchildren Stephanie Rose (Aaron) Heitzer, Douglas West, Michael West, Stephen (Samantha) West, Michelle Henry, Alex Henry, Sherry Gaillard, Jennifer (Andy) Fendryk, Josh (Jonna) Arndt, Joe (Liz) Arndt, Brandon Comer, Devin Comer, Mikayla Comer, Heather (Phillip) Tverburg, Scott Hall, Cadence Osmer, and Brittney Aldridge, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.\n\nThere will be a celebration of life memorial service at Harvest Decatur, 2710 Lost Bridge Road East, Decatur, IL, on December 28, 2022 at 2:00 PM. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.\n\nJohn’s wishes and Judy’s request is that there be no flowers. In lieu of flowers, their desire is that memorial gifts be made in John’s name to Gospel Mission of South America, 1401 SW 21st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.