About Us - Assisting Bishop - Bp. Henderson

The Right Reverend Dorsey F. Henderson, Jr.

Bishop Henderson, Assisting Bishop of Florida

The Right Rev'd Dorsey F. Henderson was born in Bainbridge, Georgia, but lived most of his younger life in Florida, graduating with a degree in history and political science from Stetson University in Deland. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve, he served as Assistant Counterintelligence Officer at V Corps Headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany, during which he was confirmed in the Episcopal Church; while in the Army Reserves, he obtained the rank of Captain. Returning to his home state, he graduated from the College of Law at the University of Florida, and practiced that profession for over years, including 3 years as attorney and staff director for a joint committee of the Florida Legislature dealing with issues involving migrant farm labor (drafting legislation designed to remove inequalities in farm labor communities and to improve the working and living conditions, access to health care and education). He later attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, a postulant of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Ordained deacon and priest in 1977, he has shared ministry at St. Benedict's Parish in Plantation, Florida, and as Dean of the Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina in 1995, retiring at the end of 2009.

During that period Bishop Henderson was a member of the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, the Special Commission on The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion (created following publication of the Windsor Report), and was co-chair of the Special Committee on that same subject at the General Convention of 2006; he was a member of the Committee on Canons at several General Conventions and served on the Task Force which drafted the Disciplinary Canons adopted by the General Convention of 2006; he was president of the Court of Appeals of Province IV. He served as a member, then president of the Review Committee under the previous version of the Canons of the Church, and served as president of the successor body (the Disciplinarty Board for Bishops) under the revised title from 2011 until the end of 2012. He continues as a member of the Board, in addition to the Standing Committee on Constitution and Canons, the Sub-committee on the revision of White and Dykman (a commentary on the canons of the Church). His present ministry also includes service as Superior-General of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, and as episcopal visitor to a fledging religious community centered in the Diocese of Atlanta, (the Order of St. Anthony). Since his retirement he has conducted pre-Lenten retreats for the clergy of three dioceses, and makes occasional visitations on behalf of the Bishops of Central Florida, Florida, and Georgia (about which he says he "does the fun stuff, while the diocesan bishops keep the headaches"). 

Otherwise he worships in the back pew of the parish in Mt. Dora, Florida, where he now lives, and says his favorite pastime is "banging on the piano, nursing a stamp collection abandoned during high school, fishing, boating, and playing with his dog, "Missy-Girl."

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