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Mike Henderson is a teacher. His passion is to share useful information with his friends—especially African Christian entrepreneurs. He writes books, conducts seminars, designs courses, mentors promising African leaders, and directs the work of Heart of Africa. He travels to Africa several times each year to hold conferences, encourage his African colleagues, and listen to their struggles to accomplish the vision God has given them.
The settings in which Mike has taught vary from a one-room schoolhouse in the back woods of Maine to a graduate school in Kenya. He was a professor of Christian education in two American universities and has served as pastor/teacher in a number of churches, both large and small. His favorite teaching context is one-to-one, man-to-man, preferably around a campfire. He holds graduate degrees in theology, history, instructional design, and adult education from Asbury Seminary, Yale University, and Indiana University.
Mike and his wife Martha live in Wilmore, Kentucky, and Friendship, Maine. They have three grown children (Joe, Kathryn, Laura) and eight grandchildren.
coordinates the ministries of Heart of Africa for vulnerable African women. Among the most neglected groups of people in Africa, widows face daunting challenges just to survive, much less to provide for their families and make a contribution to the welfare of the community. Hazel and her husband Keith live and work in Washington, Maine, but she regularly travels to various countries in Africa to help women start their own businesses and work together for their common welfare. She started her work with groups of widows in Southern Sudan in partnership with Pastor Michael Gatkek and his African Relief Ministries. However, in 2014 she met with groups of widows and women who had recently been released from prison in both Kenya and Uganda. Since then, she has trained them in micro-business, organize them in cooperatives of 30 women each, give them each a loan to start their businesses, and provide them with materials for spiritual, economic and social growth. To date, over 1,000 women have been helped through these groups with additional training in sewing, knitting, agriculture and more on the horizon.
Chris Rousseau joined Heart of Africa in February of 2023. He joined to head up our SmartBox initiative, social media management, website development, and analytics. Chris has a passion for people development where he uses his skills and knowledge to enable individuals to achieve their goals.
Chris grew up on the mission field in Zimbabwe, Africa. His family have been involved in Southern Africa as far back as late 1600’s. He has a huge passion for the people of Africa as it is a part of him. Chris and his wife Brooke are raising three energetic boys in the town of Grabill, IN, where they are active members of Crossview Church.
God has transitioned Chris and Brooke through many seasons. Chris worked for Nike in a number of different capacities from 2013 to 2021. Chris then worked for Granite Ridge Builders in Fort Wayne, IN as a project manager from 2021 until joining Heart of Africa in 2023.