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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Volunteer Services Program

2010 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Ricky D. Henderson, TDCJ Employee Volunteer

2010 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

In 1989, Ricky Henderson began his career with TDCJ unloading trucks. He now holds the position of information technology supervisor at Windham School District. In addition to his full-time job, Ricky Henderson is a dedicated volunteer at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville, Texas. He shares his love of the Bible's original language with offenders four days each week in the unit's education department, the chapel, and the Faith-Based Dorm.

In the past five years, Mr. Henderson has contributed more than 1,940 hours teaching offenders the basics of Biblical Greek. He also helps the offenders improve their English grammar when it is needed to help them understand this ancient language. More than 220 offenders have completed this study, and many have begun a more intense Bible study taught in the original Greek and Hebrew. Mr. Henderson has absorbed the expense of the costly Greek/Hebrew Linear Bibles used by the students.

In addition to the three hours he spends as a volunteer with the offenders each day, he devotes an equal or greater amount of time on the weekends preparing for his classes. His service is even more commendable considering the severe, chronic back pain he struggles with on a daily basis, yet he rarely misses a day to teach and share with the offenders. Ricky Henderson's life exhibits one that is infused with God's strength and peace. He is an example to offenders and staff and has therefore been selected to receive the TDCJ Employee Volunteer award.