Henry G. Brinton became senior pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in 2001, after serving Calvary Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and First United Church of Christ in Milford, Connecticut. After growing up in Bowie, Maryland, he was educated at Duke University and Yale Divinity School. In 1985, he married Nancy, who works as a health consultant, and together they have two adult children, Sadie and Sam. He is inspired by FPC’s goal of being an “uncommon Christian community,” and has always been drawn to the church’s signature Scripture verse, “my house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7).
Henry has written on religion and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Huffington Post. A frequent speaker at workshops and conferences, he is the author or co-author of five books including The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and Fruits of Christian Hospitality. He also writes for the preaching journals Homiletics and Proclaim, and contributes to the current-events-based adult education curriculum The Wired Word. He enjoys boating on the Potomac River and competing in endurance sports such as marathons, triathlons, and century bike rides, one of which landed him in the hospital in 2015.