Our Leadership

Rev. Dr. Michael L. Henderson Sr., Senior Pastor

Dr. Michael L. Henderson Sr. is God’s visionary for New Beginnings Church. He founded the church in 1999, along with his wife and only twelve members. Through his faithful leadership, the church has grown to over 7000 members.

Dr. Henderson is a native of Akron, OH, where he began his ministry work.  He served as a Ministerial Staff Pastor at “The House of the Lord” for ten year where he completed his training.  He earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication and Theology at the International Bible Institute and Seminary, Orlando, Florida. He is also a graduate of the Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, with a Master of Arts in Church Administration and Counseling. In October of 2009, Dr. Henderson received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a Master of Art degree in Organizational Change in Ministry and Leadership from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL in 2023.

Dr. Henderson has a unique teaching and preaching style that not only engages the listener, but challenges the listener to make significant and lasting personal life changes. He is a gifted teacher, preacher, trained Biblical Counselor and remarkable trainer to both leaders and churches.  In the fall of 2014, Dr. Henderson published his first book, A Good Man Is Hard To Find:  Adam Where Are You?  He is committed to seeing people come to total wholeness through the Word of God. He conducts leadership conferences, men conferences, staff development training sessions, and marriage retreats, along with his wife.

Dr. Henderson has a passion for church growth and development and has been actively involved in planting three churches, including New Beginnings Church in Matthews, NC and New Beginnings Indian Trail, in Indian Trail, NC.  He serves as the Vice President of National Ministries for Converge Worldwide.  Dr. Henderson has personally trained approximately 100 Ministers through his ministerial licensing training. He is also a Spiritual Covering for several pastors, churches and ministries.

Dr. Henderson is a committed husband, father, and faithful spiritual leader. He stands by Philippians 1:6 which states, “I am confident of this very thing; He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ” (NASB). Consequently, he is advancing the Kingdom of God in a fresh and inviting way!

Rev. Dr. Twanna Henderson, First Lady & Executive Minister of Church Ministries

Rev. Dr. Twanna Henderson co-founded New Beginnings Church in Matthews, NC with her husband. She serves as the Executive Minister of Church Ministries. She is also the founder of I.M.P.A.C.T.T. Women's Ministry which is a ministry for women committed to growing in Christ, and she is the Founder and Visionary for Out Of The Shadows which is a Breast Cancer Awareness Movement. As an ordained minister of the gospel, she has a passion to see the body of Christ, particularly women, walk in total freedom.

Dr. Henderson is a devoted wife, mother of a special needs son, a Bible teacher and anointed preacher. She has the spiritual gifts of Administration, Shepherding, and Teaching, and she is committed to excellence in all things. She is a workshop and retreat speaker, a certified Personal Growth Coach, and a Christian lay counselor. She also serves as the National Director of Bridge Network Women's Ministry for Converge Worldwide, which serves over 1500 churches.

Dr. Henderson has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Juris Doctor Law Degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, she studied at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in the Master of Christian Leadership program, and she holds an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian University in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, she is also a licensed Attorney who served thirteen years as a Civil Court Magistrate Judge for Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, NC. She is the owner of Twanna Henderson Ministries (www.TwannaHenderson.com) which provides coaching and mentoring to women. In the fall of 2013, she published her first book, Dancing with the Scars.

Dr. Henderson is a voice that is being raised “for such a time as this.” She is motivated by Jeremiah 29:11 which states, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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