In every generation, the Lord raises up women of God to speak to this particular time with a word that is both relevant and heart changing. Elder Debra Henderson is just such a woman. Anointed to preach the gospel, she speaks to the hearts of women, men and youth compelling them with the love of Jesus Christ and encouraging them to reach new heights in their Christian walk.
Elder Henderson was licensed to ministry in July 1999 and ordained as an Elder in June 2005. She is a sought after speaker for women retreats and fellowships all over the greater bay area. She is a member of several community organizations such as Bay Area Clergy Against Family Violence, the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, and the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
She is also an accomplished psalmist and is well known as the featured soloist on the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) recording "Standing In The Need of a Blessing".
Debra has traveled extensively spreading the gospel through song. She has shared her gift of singing and ministering across the country and internationally. She completed her first European tour in 1996, promoting her first solo CD “Just Right For God”.
She has been awarded the title Best Female Vocalist Of The Year 5 times by the San Francisco Bay Area Gospel Academy Awards. She was also the director of The Voices of Joy, the first place winner in the Quaker Oats Young Voices of Tomorrow Competition. In March 2007, Debra was nominated by Black Music Association of America for Best Gospel Performance Female and Best Recorded Gospel Performance.
Debra continues to sing about the Lord’s blessings on her new solo recording “Higher Ground”. Traditional Gospel at its finest, this CD shows Debra’s diversity and passion for the Church, as she ministers in song to the entire body of Christ. With songs penned by well known gospel writers Patrick Bradley & Steven Roberts, it includes songs that many church choirs will be singing on Sunday morning as well as original Praise & Worship songs. Debra also remembers her roots and those saints who still appreciate some of the old Hymns of the church with a special selection of songs on the CD dedicated to those saints who have stood the test of time.
In addition to her singing career, Debra is performing in several stage plays. Her stage credits include The Sins of My Father and Passion For Justice. In December, 2009, Debra will be featured in the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre production “Black Nativity” in San Francisco, Ca.
Debra has a heart for developing the body of Christ, specifically women and youth, to reach their goals and become the women and youth that are armed and dangerous for the Lord!