~Meet The Family~

Herb & Nancy Henry

Herb Henry was born on February 3, in Oakdale, California. He grew up in Riverbank, where his father owned a grocery store. While there, he attended Oakdale High School and graduated in 1964. He attended college at California State University, Stanislaus, and graduated in 1969, with a degree in Business. Herb traveled, sang, and played piano for The Premiers, a Southern Gospel Group, from 1965-1973. He later served as Minister of Music in churches both in California and Texas. He was ordained by the Assemblyies of God in 1979 after graduating from the Berean School of Bible. His first senior pastorate was Bethel Assembly in Corpus Christi, TX. In 1986, he bacame the Pastor of Richland Faith Assembly of God, where he still serves today. Also that same year he established his family singing group. And in February of 1989, he established Richland Ministries to promote Southern Gospel Music thru concerts and radio. And in 2010, Herb was awarded "Southern Gospel Promoter of the Year." Presently, Herb serves as president of the Western States Gospel Music Association. He helped form the WSGMA in 1990, which has done much to perpetuate Southern Gospel Music in the Golden State. He also serves as Vice President of the Southern Gospel Promoters Association. Herb is very appreciative and thankful for his many friends who have supported his efforts to keep Southern Gospel Music a part of our culture in Northern California.

Nancy Henry was born on November 1 in Luling, Texas and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana. In 1968 her and her family moved to Ventura, Ca. where she graduated from Buena High School in 1970. She met Herb while he was with the Premiers and singing at her home chruch in March of 1970. They were married on June 24, 1972. In 1973 Nancy graduated from Los Angeles County School of Nursing with a diploma RN. She now works as the Secretary at Richland Faith Assembly of God and for Richland Ministries. She sang with the group until 1993. In 1989, she developed a chronic cough and in 1993 was completely unable to sing for 2 1/2 years. Her daughter Amanda filled her spot, where she remains today. Doctors still do not know the cause for this cough, but she is able to sing a couple of songs at the concerts. She also does the vast majority of the behind the scenes work for the family and ministry. And she loves being "Mom" to all the groups that come to the West Coast. Her greatest job right now is being "Nana" to Melody, Liam, Trinity, and Dante. Being "Nana" and meeting our friends at the door of our concerts with joy and love makes the "journey" great. In 2012 Herb and Nancy celebrated 40 years of marriage! They look forward to 40 more!!

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Chris Henry & Family

Chris Henry was born on June 5 in Modesto, California. Chris has been a part of the family for over 3 decades now, and has the gray hair to prove it. In June of 2002, he increased the size of the Henry family when he married Beverly Adams, his college sweetheart. The additions continue to come as Melody Belle (8), Liam Caylor (7), and Trinity Noelle (2) have made their entrance into the family. A graduate of California State University, Stanislaus, Chris currently works full time in medical sales and devotes much of his free time to the Henry Family in concerts and their weekly radio program. In 2013 he was licensed as a minister in the Assemblies of God. He stays busy with church as an Associate Pastor, piano player, and song leader. His wife, Beverly, also works in the church as Childrens Church Coordinator. Among Chris' favorite things to do are spending time with his wife and kids, landscaping his yard, barbequeing steaks and hamburgers, and taking long vacations. Where? Walt Disney World, of course! He has a list of favorites places to eat: Gilman's in Oakdale, The Outback, Le Cellier (at Disney World), La Cascada for Mexican Food, and his wife's home cooking. When it comes to music, Chris has list of influences and favorites: Roger Bennett, Dean Hopper, JD Sumner, Scott Fowler, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Jason Crabb, and Herb Henry.
Also, check out Chris as the "Southern Gospel Gardener".

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Richie Hartsfied & Family

Richie Hartsfield was born February 12 in Modesto, Ca, but lived the first 25 years of his life in Oakdale, Ca. He was born into a large Christian family where music filled the air. He graduated from Alpha Omega Christian School as valedictorian in 1997 (graduating students numbered 2 that year, including Richie). He later attended and graduated Generations School of Ministry in 2012, and in 2013 became a licensed minister through the Assemblies of God. In November of 2003 he married the love of his life, Cortney Welch. They have two beautiful children Hannah (7) and Lawton (5), and in August of this year they will welcome their third child. In 1987, his family began attending Richland Faith Assembly of God. It was in that little church just two years later, when JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet stopped by that Richie was officially bitten by the Gospel Music bug. Richie sang with a few groups, but is most remembered for the 8 years he spent with the Richland Trio. He still attends Richland Faith serving as one of the associate pastors, as well as working in the children's department. He enjoys most, the time he spends with his wife and children, and considers his grandfather to be the greatest man he's ever known. You could make him real happy by taking him to eat at Gilman's in Oakdale. Richie is a big baseball fan, loves presidential history, but his first love is Gospel Music. His favorite singers are Gerald Wolfe, Vestal Goodman, Mark Trammell, JD Sumner, Chris Allman, and his Dad. He counts it a blessing to sing for the Lord, and plans to continue to do so as long as the Lord allows him to.

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Amanda Henry

Amanda Henry was born October 22 in Modesto, California. She attended, as did her brother and sister, Ceres Christian School. In 1999 she graduated also being the valedictorian (must run in the family). Amanda's main joy comes from singing with her family and finding any service for the Lord she can do. She filled in after her Mother became ill, singing soprano. Along with singing, Amanda graduated from Modesto Junior College with her A.S. in Interior Design, which she does in her extra time. She worlks full time for Stanislaus County Child and Family Services in the Adoptions Field. She also sells Jamberry Nails and serves in various areas within the church, such as Sunday School and Kids Club. Some of Amanda's favorite things are Shoes, Books, and Tea which she shares on the "Books & Tea" Page. But her absolute favorite thing to do is to spoil her nieces and nephews along with her "little" lab, Lizzy, who you can find pictures of from time to time in the family's photo album. Amanda's goal in life is to continue developing spiritually and vocally to present the Gospel of Christ in song and in every aspect of life. Recently, Amanda has been venturing out with solo concerts, going to Alaska, Maine, Canada and of course in California.

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Derek & Angela Cowell

Angela Henry Cowell was born on March 31 in Austin, Texas. After the family moved to California, she attended the same school as Chris, Ceres Christian, graduating in 1996 as the valedictorian of her class. She attended Modesto Junior College and received her AA degree in 1999. She graduated from California State University, Stanislaus, pursuing a degree in Liberal Studies in June 2002 and received her credentials in 2003. Angela works at Wilson Elementary school and she is now the 4th and 5th grade teacher. She also teaches chorus at the school and Herb plays the piano for the children. In February 2008 in Carmel Angela married Derek Cowell, her sweetheart for 5 years. Derek is a History professor and the Henry Family are proud to call him family. On May 24, 2013 they had their first child, Dante Cowell! In April of 2013 Angela stepped down from singing with the family after singing with them for over 25 years. She is looking forward to being a mother to sweet Dante. She still supports the family and will always be glad to "visit".

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