Sola Church, a nondenominational church, is now open in Gulfport and is led by Blake Henderson.
Sunday is the second of two “launch” days to introduce the public to the church. Sola opened to the public Oct. 23.
The church meets at 11 a.m. Sundays on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College campus in Gulfport. Worship is at the Hospitality & Resort Management Center, 420 DeBuys Road. Child care is available and dress is casual.
Henderson, widely known across the Mississippi Coast as a theologian and Bible teacher, started the Sola with the help of friends who began gathering in his home for worship several months ago.
Sola is Latin for “alone.” Loosely translated, sola means “for the glory of God alone,” Henderson said.
The church plans to have community outreach programs and home group meetings.
Sola Church aims “to spark a movement of Christ-centered churches who live to spread Biblical Christianity across the Mississippi Coast and beyond,” he said. “Sola’s mission is proclaiming the gospel, making disciples and caring for people for the glory of God alone.”
Henderson is a former associate pastor at Mosaic in Ocean Springs and a former pastor of Mosaic’s campus in Gulfport.
He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and has lived on the Coast several years with his wife and children. His wife Tonya is an OB-GYN.
Henderson earned his master of divinity/doctor of theology from Anderson Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia, in 2010 and a bachelor of arts in theology from Newburgh College of the Bible in Newburgh, Indiana, in 2008.
He also is a graduate of the Detroit Bible Institute and Arkansas State University, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.