Mena’s historic Trinity Lutheran Church has announced that Reverand Timothy J. Henning has accepted a Divine Call to serve them as their Pastor. Rev. Henning has been serving Trinity since November 2016 as their Vacancy Pastor. He also served the congregation in 2009 for about 4 months.
Pastor Henning, his wife, Janet, and their three children, Christopher 18, Angel 16, and Dawn 14, live in Russellville where they are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Russellville. Pastor Henning previously served parishes in Kentucky and Kansas. He has also served congregations in Arkansas, Searcy, Mountainburg, and most recently, Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church in Maumelle as vacancy pastor.
Pastor Henning works full time with Tyson Foods in Dardanelle, Arkansas. Pastor Henning and his family will continue to live in Russellville and he will continue to work at Tyson full-time. He will serve Trinity on Sundays and at various other times that require his presence in Mena.
Pastor Henning graduated from Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska and from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, being ordained in June of 1999. He is a Life Member of the VFW, serving in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. He served for eight years in the Army (active duty and reserves) as a Chaplain’s Assistant. In his free time, he likes fishing, camping, traveling with his family, gardening, reading, and coin collecting.
Trinity Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and part of the Mid-South District, which is located in Memphis. Rev. Henning follows a host of pastors who have served the congregation since its formation in 1900 with 14 members. Rev. Christian F. Rittman was the first Pastor of the congregation serving from 1900-1906. The congregation still worships in the sanctuary that was built in 1901 and dedicated to the glory of God on January 5, 1902.
Rev. Henning welcomes everyone to visit Trinity Lutheran Church. “Since the first Lutheran worship service held in the Mena community in 1899, Almighty God continues to feed Trinity congregation with His Holy Word and Sacraments. Here God forgives, washes, feeds and comforts us with His abiding presence and grace. Here God emboldens and empowers us to be His witnesses in Mena, in our communities, in Arkansas, in our country and throughout the world concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord. You are invited to visit us, worship with us, and celebrate with us all the blessings of our God. You are always welcome at Trinity Lutheran Church.”
An installation service of praise and thanksgiving will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the church, located at 1010 DeQueen Street in Mena. A congregational dinner will follow the service in the fellowship hall. The community is invited to celebrate with Trinity congregation. If you plan to attend please call the church office at (479)-394-1290. The congregation has canceled Sunday morning services for October 8th and will come together in worship and praise for the installation service.