About Des

Desmond Henry is a missional thought leader, Professor of Missiology, author and speaker who serves the global church in evangelism and mission.



Desmond, Des or Dr ‘danger’ Des is happily married to Lara who is an accountant by training and currently serves on the teaching staff of a local Christian high school.

Both Lara and Desmond are committed to serving and advancing God’s Kingdom in their vocations. They have three beautiful daughters; Gabriella, and twins, Olivia & Annabella.

The Henry family enjoy hanging out together, watching movies, travelling, gardening and being outdoors together


2013 Doctorate (Ph.D.), University of Pretoria.

2010 Master of Arts (M.A), University of Pretoria.

2007 Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa.

2006 Diploma in Theology (Dip.Th.), Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa.

2004 Certificate of Theology (Cert.Th.), Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa.

Institutional Affiliations: North-West University; Wheaton College Graduate School


“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.”

Romans 15:20


This verse has been a great encouragement to me over the years and has become somewhat of a ministry compass.


After graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from the Baptist Theological College in Johannesburg, South Africa, Desmond was accepted onto the Baptist Union Ministry list in 2007. After qualifying, they accepted a call to the Open Baptist Church in Gaborone, Botswana, where he served as an Associate Pastor in an international church with multiple sites around the country. He has served previously as a Youth and Worship Pastor at Florida Baptist Church and an Assistant Pastor at Grace Community Church, Johannesburg. For an interim period, their family served at Eastside Community Church in Pretoria East where Desmond worked as an Executive Pastor. Desmond recently celebrated 15 years in ministry.

Desmond currently serves as Registrar and Missiologist for the Baptist Theological College in Johannesburg and has served as a lecturer in ‘Face the Nation’ (non-profit) training students from the University of Botswana for peer-based ministry in high schools throughout Botswana. This initiative won the Willowcreek Courageous Leadership award in 2008 for being the most innovative Faith-based ministry to people with HIV in Africa.

Parallel to his role at the Seminary, Desmond currently serves as an Interim Pastor with a great team at Ridgecrest Family Church, where he has been strategically involved in the revitalization of a local church he helped to plant in the early 2000’s. Desmond serves as honorary teaching pastor of Crosspoint Family Church in Gaborone, Botswana where he mentors their pastoral staff and coaches their leadership team. Desmond serves as “Extraordinary Senior Lecturer for postgraduate studies at the North-West University and in 2017 was given the status of Visiting Professor at the Billy Graham Centre at Wheaton College.



Desmond is passionate about engaging the world through evangelism (relational, apologetics and event-based) and mission and is excited by the task discipleship presents. God’s global mission fires me up and I have enjoyed leading hundreds of people on short-term experiences to proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel and encourage local believers over the years. These mission trips have led to the formation of strategic partnerships for sustainable and ethical missions. I have served as a church consultant for a number of churches in Southern Africa. I have visited the following countries and continue to serve in missions within Southern Africa by being a Board member of the Baptist Missions Department: North Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe,  Namibia,  Botswana, Okavango Delta (Least Reached); Lesotho (Least Reached);  Swaziland;  India (Untouchables); Israel; Germany; Kenya; United States of America.


I am a convictional Evangelical (conservative) that upholds four important doctrines that unify the Christian Faith:

  1. The centrality, final authority and importance of the Bible for matters of life and faith.
  2. The atoning death of Jesus on the cross is central to life-transformation and living in the abundance of God promised (Jn. 10:10).
  3. Conversion is the necessary work of the Holy Spirit resultant from faith and repentance on the part of the Believer.
  4. Activism is our generous response to the overtures of God’s love, where we act as responsible stewards for the Kingdom sake- as His ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:17f).



Desmond Henry launched the Missional Collective with a desire to serve churches and other faith-based organizations in the areas if consulting, speaking and training. ‘TMC’ desires to provide a platform for innovation and change management for evangelicals.