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Full name

 Carl Ferdinand Howard Henry

Birth

January 22, 1913 in New York City

Death

December 7, 2003 in Watertown, Wisconsin, USA

Family

 

Parents

Karl and Johanna (Vaethroeder) Henry

 

Siblings

Eleanor, Isabella and Johanna

 

Marital Status

Married Helga Irmgard Bender August 17, 1940 at the chapel of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

Children

 Paul Brentwood, Carol Jennifer

Conversion

At the age of 20 through conversation with acquaintance Gene Bedford

Ordination

by the Council of Baptist Churches of the Chicago Baptist Association on January 19, 1941.

Education

 

1929

Graduated from Islip High School in Islip, New York, United States

 

1935-1938

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA; graduated with B.A.

 

1939-1940

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA; M.A. in theology

 

1940-1941

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, USA; B.D.

 

1941-1942

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, USA; Th. D.

 

194?-1949

Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Ph.D. in philosophy

Career

 

1929-1933

Started as proofreader at the Smithtown Star newspaper in Nassau County, New York, USA; eventually became editor. He also worked at various times as a stringer for the New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, and Chicago Tribune.

 

1938-1947

Taught theology for brief periods at Wheaton College during these years

 

1940-1942

Assistant professor of theology at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

1942-1947

Chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

1947

Acting Dean of Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA

 

1947-1956

Professor of Theology and Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA

 

1947

Published The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism

 

1948

Published Remaking the Modern Mind

 

1948-1956

Co-chairman of the annual Sunrise Easter Service at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, USA

 

1952-1953

Daily radio program, Let the Chips Fall, station KPOL, Los Angeles, California, USA

 

1956-1970

Member of the Board of Administration of the National Association of Evangelicals. He had been associated with the NAE in one way or another from its founding in 1943.

 

1956-1968

With L. Nelson bell and Billy Graham helped plan Christianity Today; served as the magazine’s first editor

 

1957-1969

Editor of the Contemporary Evangelical Thought series

 

1957

Published Christian Personal Ethics

 

1966

Chairman and one of the chief planners with Billy Graham of the World Congress on Evangelism, which met in berlin Germany

 

1967

With Billy Graham convened the meeting of church leaders that resulted in the Key ‘73 national evangelistic effort

 

1967-1970

President of the Evangelical Theological Society

 

1968

Was one of the founders of the Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (IFACS)

 

1969-1974

Professor of theology, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

1971

Program chairman of the Jerusalem Conference on Biblical Prophecy

 

1971-1974

President of IFACS

 

1973

Editor of Baker’s Dictionary of Christian Ethics

 

1974-1987

Theologian at large, World Vision International

 

1976-1983

Published God, Revelation, and Authority in six volumes 

 

1976-1979

Member of the board of director of IFACS

 

1979-1980

President of the American Theological Society

 

1981-1985, 1988-?

Member of the board of director of IFACS

 

1986

Published Confessions of a Theologian: An Autobiography 

 

1987

Carl F. H. Henry Study and Resource Center was established in his name, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, USA

Other significant information

 

Visiting professor or special lecturer at many universities and seminaries around the world (including Asian Center for Theological Studies and Missions, Bethel Theological Seminary, Christian Theological Seminary, Columbia Bible College, Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary, Gordon Divinity School, Hillsdale College, Hong Kong Baptist College, Latin American Theological Seminary, Soong Sil University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Winona Lake Summer School of Theology) and author of many articles and more than 25 books

 

1963

Honorary Litt. D. Degree from Seattle Pacific College

 

1966

Freedoms Foundation Medal

 

1968

D. Letters, Wheaton College

 

1971

Distinguished Social Service Award, Wheaton College Alumni Association

 

1973

L.H.D., Houghton College

 

1975

Religious Heritage of America Foundation award in America

 

1979

Northwestern College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

 

1984

LL. D., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

1990

National Association of Evangelicals. J. Elwin Wright Award

 

1992

Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Distinguished Service Award

 

1993

Religious Heritage of America Foundation, gold award for fifty years of spiritual and moral leadership

 



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