Rick Henson, A.A., B.A., M.Div., D.Min.

Rick Henson, A.A., B.A., M.Div., D.Min.


Rick Henson is the Senior Pastor at Oakdale. Oakdale Baptist Church called Rick Henson as pastor in November 2000. Rick is married to the former Mindy Taylor, of Houston, Texas. They have one daughter, Rachel, who is in the military.

Rick, a native of Meridian, Mississippi, is a graduate of Clarke College in Newton, Mississippi in 1973. Rick is also a graduate of Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana, Bachelor of Arts 1975, with a major in Religion and Minor in New Testament Greek. He earned the Masters of Divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1992, with dual-emphases of Pastoral Ministries and Preaching. He earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998 with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry, and his project was in the field of evangelism.

Rick has served as pastor since 1975 in churches in Louisiana and Mississippi. He has served in many associational, Louisiana and Mississippi State Baptist conventions, and Southern Baptist Convention positions. He writes a weekly column for the Rankin Ledger. Rick is an adjunct seminary professor at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, teaching occasionally at extension centers in Clinton and Madison, Mississippi.

Rick is the Associational Evangelism Director and a past Moderator for the Rankin County Baptist Association and currently serves on the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board. Rick served as the Chairman of No-Al in the fall of 2004 and led the successful fight to keep Rankin County dry. Rick served on the Committee of Nominations for the Mississippi Baptist Convention in 2007, and in 2005 Rick served on the Mississippi Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee.

Rick has a heart for evangelism and missions. He leads witness training at Oakdale, and leads our church to do mission work in Romania in southeastern Europe, and to be involved in numerous missions and ministries.

Bro. Rick’s Email:  RickHenson@aol.com


Ty Danielson, B.A., M.Div


Brother Ty joined Oakdale Baptist Church in April 2014. He was born and raised in Germantown, TN and came to faith in Christ at the age of 5 during a church revival. He attended college at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where in 2006 he received a Bachelors of Art in Music. It was during his junior year in college that Ty felt the call to full-time Christian ministry. After college, he pursued this calling by attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and graduating with a Masters of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies in 2009.

Ty has served churches in Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi as a music minister, student minister, and children’s minister since 2007. In addition to having served in churches, he was a private school teacher for two years. In his free time, Ty loves to read, play guitar, attend music concerts, and discover new restaurants. He also loves to spend time with his lovely wife, the former Alex Pittman, of Brandon, MS, who he married on March 9, 2013.

Bro. Ty wants to help equip the students of Oakdale Baptist Church to be disciples who can make more disciples for the Kingdom of Christ by carefully studying God’s Word and applying it’s truth to living out their faith in their daily lives as they minister to those around them.

Additional Staff

Curtis Baker, Organist

Beth Downey, Children’s Minister & After School Director

Mindy Henson, Pianist

Kim King, Church Treasurer

Marlynn Martin, Pianist

Brandi Mitchell, Secretary