Pastor DeQuincy M. Hentz
Pastor DeQuincy M. Hentz
Pastor DeQuincy Manvel Hentz is the fifth Pastor in the 116 year history of the Shiloh Baptist Church of New Rochelle, New York. He was called to the pastorate of Shiloh in March 2005. Pastor Hentz, a native of Greenwood, South Carolina is the son of Ms. Mary Alice Hentz and the Reverend Furman Mitchell Miller, Jr.
Pastor Hentz is a 1996 Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and History. In 1999, he received his Master of Divinity Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity. As a student at Howard, Pastor Hentz received the first Evans E. Crawford Preaching Award, which is given to the student who best displays the attributes of scholarly preaching. Upon his graduation, he was awarded the W.O. Carrington Preaching Award, which recognized him as the top preaching student of his graduating class. Pastor Hentz previously served as leader of the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Woodlawn in Cincinnati, Ohio, where in just five short years, he led the congregation to grow to more than 1100 members and expand its budget from $360,000 to over $1 million.
Since Pastor Hentz’s arrival at Shiloh in July 2005, church attendance has more than tripled and over 1000 new disciples have been added to the Shiloh family. Ministries within the church and outreach to the community have expanded. Under his dynamic leadership, the church’s vision of a 40 unit Senior Housing complex has become real, and the facility was completed and residents started to move in January 2013. Pastor Hentz has also led Shiloh to add to the church-campus a double-lot property located at 39 Kress Avenue.
With Pastor Hentz’s dynamic leadership, the Shiloh congregation has established a free Sunday Morning breakfast program and Wednesday Evening Soup Kitchen for the community. The church's food pantry has expanded and now serves over 300 people and programs for feeding youth and children. Pastor Hentz has a heart for youth and children. In addition to reestablishing Shiloh's Youth Ministry and adding a full-time Youth Minister, he has led the church to establish the Ira and Ethel Shaw African American Male College Scholars Program to assist young men who display good civility in school and the community, good scholarship in school, and good participation in church. Additionally, Pastor Hentz has facilitated Shiloh conducting an after-school program for children in the Parkside Community of New Rochelle called S.E.E.D.S. The program primarily serves African-American and Hispanic Youth and provides homework helps, tutoring, cultural arts enrichment, STEM education, character development, physical exercise activities and the development of crucial life skills. The program incorporates parental involvement by providing parent coaching sessions, resume and job seminars, and financial education to parents. Pastor Hentz has also led Shiloh to reestablish a Vacation Bible School program, which has been expanded has become a six-week Summer Enrichment Program that provides employment for college and high school students and offers children and youth an impactful program of Biblical learning, worship and arts, chess, swimming, dance and fun and informative field trip experiences .
Pastor Hentz is an activist and leader on both a local and national scale. He was a leader of the “Enough is Enough” Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment, a 15-month protest in New York City and Washington, D.C. that served to expose the problem of adult-themed content being marketed to children and youth. From 2004 to 2008, he served as a Co-Convener for Progressive National Baptist Convention’s Minister’s Seminar. He has served on the Executive Boards of the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle (Executive Vice President), the Christian Action Ministry, the New Rochelle Branch of the NAACP (Housing Committee Chair), and the New Rochelle Community Action Program. Currently, he serves as a member of the New Rochelle Community Policing Committee and is a founding member of the New Rochelle Leaders for Justice Organization. Yearly, Pastor Hentz provides the Benjamin Elijah Mays Scholarship for African American male graduates of New Rochelle High School.
Pastor Hentz is a gifted man of God who writes, raps, poeticizes, preaches and teaches. He is frequently called upon to speak or preach for varying audiences of all ages across the nation near and far. He has received numerous awards, accolades, and citations. Of special recognition, Pastor Hentz was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in 2001, and in 2011, was included as a contributor to a book honoring the golden (50th) anniversary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, The Best of PNBC: The First 50 Years, Volume Three. Pastor Hentz is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Morehouse College Alumni Association, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter of White Plains, NY. Recently, Pastor Hentz completed all the curriculum requirements for the Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA and is currently diligently working to complete his doctoral project, “A Survey of the Impact of Racial Trauma upon African-American Male Agency.” This man of God clearly has distinguished himself among the most gifted, yet continues to remain humble to his calling and ministry.