OBITUARY

Brian Thomas Henderson

August 20, 1959July 8, 2019
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God’s Footprints One night in deepest sleep, I dreamed, Upon the beach I walked. The Lord was by my side each step As quietly we talked. Then on the sky my life appeared, Each chapter was serene. Two sets of footprints in the sand I saw in every scene. And then I noticed in some parts Of discontent and strife, Just a simple pair of footprints In the worst parts of my life. “Lord, you said you’d walk by me In good times and in bad… Why then weren’t you with me When you knew my life was sad?” “My dearest child,” God whispered, “When you suffered then, I knew; The single pair of footprints Were those times I carried you.”

Services

16 July

Visitation Tuesday

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Trinity Lutheran Church


7210 Lisbon Street, San Diego, California

16 July

Funeral Service

6:00 pm

Trinity Lutheran Church


7210 Lisbon Street, San Diego, California

17 July

Committal Service

11:00 am

Miramar National Cemetery


5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, California

Military Honors<br>The United States Air Force

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday Monday, July 15, 2019

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Roel Tungcab

July 16, 2019

I first met Pastor Brian when I was a college student volunteering at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol station. He immediately took me under his wing and became my lifelong friend, black belt instructor, LE and personal mentor and most importantly my religious counselor. Many years have passed as I now approach retirement. He has been present for all of it. He has counseled me through the good and bad times in my personal life and my career. I'm eternally grateful.for that. I appreciate everything he and Malia gave done for my family and proud to be considered part of his family. I will miss him tremendously. It was an honor to know you. As you always said when we parted ways, "God Bless you and I love you."

Roel

Maria Henderson

July 16, 2019


"Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure...You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure"

-Thomas Brian & Maria Henderson

Ken and Dolores Norton

July 14, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We first met Brian when we visited my parents in Bonita and sister in Redlands in 2010. Brian had very recently completed his vicarage. I was baptized at old Trinity (20th and F) and confirmed at the current Trinity (7210). We worshiped at Trinity on July 7, 2019 and heard of Brian's illness which, for us, was a shock! The LCMS needs more pastors like Brian! Brian always thought outside the box when doing outreach for Jesus! As a second career DCE in the LCMS, I am acutely aware of the need to think outside the box when doing outreach for Jesus! When considering outreach, I think about the movie, "Sister Act." Brother Brian, you will be missed by all! But, we know you are with Jesus and fully cured of all health issues! May the Holy Spirit be with you Malia and Thomas in the days ahead as you remember your beloved husband and beloved father. Peace to Brian's congregation and colleagues in ministry.
God's Peace and Love,
Ken Norton

Jade Clark

July 12, 2019

I remember when you broke into song during one of the services at Our Redeemer. You were so amazing ! You were truly such a great person ,Pastor and friend.Thank you for blessing our lives. May your family find peace and comfort right now in these hard times.You will be so missed !

Bruce Jeske

July 10, 2019

Dear family; As most of you know Brian and I have been through a lot of years of experiences together. I always valued Brian's thoughts and opinions on things. We walked through his marriage to Malia, Deacon training, working together at St. James, Imperial Beach, mentoring for pastoral ministry, ordination (that was a real impressive day) and into our days of ministry. We have had tons of ministry experiences together and I shall miss being able to call him and chat. That fact doesn't compare with the losses you in the family face, especially you, Malia! May God give you all strength, a desire to move forward and to find a new place in life.
Pastor Bruce

George Kenner

July 10, 2019

I remember the first day Brian arrived to the Chula Vista station , the smile on his face, yet the determination of steel that would make him a success. He and I crossed paths again after his retirement as he came to serve the lord, his first lifelong passion. I am sure that he has a seat right along side God. Great man that lead a wonderful life. Prayers to his family and everyone that knew him, truly he made favorable impressions on everyone he met. Gods Speed Brian!

Bob Becker

July 10, 2019

BRIAN HENDERSON AND I were best friends from early in our childhood through the first couple years of our university days. As children we played together, swam together, rode bikes together, built forts together, climbed trees together, raced go-carts together, played football together. Later on as young men we went to the UW together, drank together, played in bands together, went to discos together, cruised in our junky cars together. Brian was one of those individuals who can never be forgotten. Life around Brian was never dull. I still often think about our friendship, and some of the odd and - mellowed with the passage of time - humorous adventures we had together. I am saddened that Brian was taken from us so soon, but feel fortunate that I knew Brian as well as I did for as long as I did. Brian - I will miss you.

Michelle Salazar

July 10, 2019

I was about 11 or 12 years old when I meet Sifu Brian Henderson he showed me the karate skills that I know and when we went camping he showed me how to swim. He was a great person he lead me and my mom to the path of God he was our mentor to the lord he told me never give up have faith in the Lord and I would see success and till this day I have seen success and I have achieved success from the push that he gave me to love the Lord. Prayers to his wife,sons, and family at this hard moment that they are going through may the Lord bless them. Sifu Brian did not die he is sleeping and everyone will reunite with him one day. Till we meet again.

David Peck

July 10, 2019

Brian Dear Nephew Rest In Peace You will be remembered by many Family and Friends. For Me I will remember You as a Fun Loving , Caring and a Man of God. But You will always be remembered as My Nephew who would love to give His Uncle a Hard Time. But I always knew we respected each other. I will miss You Dearly! Say Hi to your Mother and the rest of our Family. We will meet again some day.

Gene Hank

July 10, 2019

I met Brian shortly after my first wife passed away at 40 back in 2001. Only living two doors down from me, we got to be close friends. Shortly thereafter, his construction crew bailed out on him leaving him with a mostly unfinished house. I saw him one day making a sad attempt at drywall work and offered to help......a year later of working four hours a day everyday....we finally finished. Although we worked like old construction buddies and hardly ever talked religion, I would ask questions that I was always curious about like.."How did Adam and Eve build the human race without some incest going on there somewhere?" or "Where did all of the water come from to float Noahs ark......and no one else had a big boat?" But he always had an answer that made sense. We spent a lot of time playing our guitars and singing together, built a great woodworking shop in his garage....several projects I can't even remember. He told me a few years ago that I was the only friend he had left, but with a personality like his , I knew he was kidding me because I shocked myself several times working on his house and no one else would be dumb enough to do that!
God was his whole life and he lived by his guidance. I never got to see his church because I worked every Sunday and that always saddened me because it was so important to him for me to see it.
My dear friend I am so sad to see you go, but I know where you are going it will be without the pain and fight you have endured here, and I am hoping you are waiting for me when it is my time.
So much to say about a man that could like you in spite of your short-comings. I miss you already my dear friend.

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