Elder Judy Hendricks is an ordained Elder in ministry at New Life Christian Church (NLCC) where Bishop Harold Dawson Jr. is the pastor. She served in ministry for over 30 years at New Hope International Ministries where Bishop Harold Dawson Sr. and her sister, the late Evangelist, Prophetess Mattie Pearl Dawson were Co-founders.
Elder Hendricks earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology at Western Illinois University and her Masters in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University and NHIM Ministerial Training. For over 30 years, she worked as an Executive in the Illinois Department of Human Services where she dedicated her gifts to serve God and humanity. She was Administrator of the Regional welfare to work program, Project Chance. and was featured in Peoria Woman’s Magazine. where she was recognized for her work and years of service in the field of social service. In 2000, she became the Executive Director of Lifeline Family Service, a multi-faceted social service agency; where she remained until her retirement in 2014.
A breast cancer survivor, she details her struggle (declaring “My Name is Judy, Not Job”) while glorifying God for her healing in her testimonial mini-book, “Bitter Waters”. While interning at the New Leaf Treatment Center, she developed a spiritual recovery module entitled “Living The Steps” bringing a message of hope and recovery to women in drug treatment. She has a passion for Missions and has made several mission trips to South Africa ministering at the AGCI National Women’s Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. She galvanized support for the Thembelethu Beaders Project Int’l to raise funds for South African families affected by the AIDS epidemic.
Elder Hendricks shared in prophetic vision with her sister, the late Evangelist Mattie Pearl Dawson for the spiritual empowerment of women in ministry. Her vision of women femininely dressed in the outer garment of pastels and frills but underneath arrayed in the warfare garments of army fatigues ready for spiritual combat. She helped to provide a supportive vision for the ministry of Elogeme Adolphi Christian Sorority, Inc .”Blessed Sisterhood”, founded by Evangelist Mattie Dawson. The lives of hundreds of young college women and community women in ministry have been transformed by the ministry of Elogeme.. Since the Genesis Chapter was established at Bradley University in 1987, chapters have been established on university campuses in Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and Indiana. Judy Hendricks has served as the National Advisor for Elogeme for over 25 years. She is also the founder of “The Purple Hat Brigade” (PHB) (Jer.9:17); an ecumenical group of women who have “Been There, Done That ” called as prayer- warriors, and spiritual mentors charged with interceding for the women of Elogeme as well as networking intercessors to stand in the gap locally for our communities, cities, state, nation, and globally for our world.
Elder Hendricks and her husband, Larry Hendricks have 2 sons, Damon Alexander, and Anthony Jumaane, 4 grandsons and numerous Elo Daughters. They co-facilitate (IHB) “Ignite, Heal and Build Marriage Ministry” at New Life Christian Church teaching and expounding the word of God under a strong parabolic anointing.
Elder Judy Hendricks, fondly called Sister Judy, Aunt, Judy, Dr. Judy declares as the essence of her personal testimony “Great Is Thy Faithfulness, O Lord, My Father, There is no Shadow of Turning in Thee!!!