Memorial Service for The Late Rev. Dr. DeQuincy M. Hentz – Pastor Of Shiloh Baptist Church In New Rochelle

Shiloh Baptist Church of New Rochelle, N.Y. will be celebrating the life and legacy of their former Pastor, the Late Rev. Dr. DeQuincy M. Hentz.  A graduate of Morehouse College and Howard University School of Divinity, Dr. Hentz was a social justice leader, clinician, historian, writer, and poet, who fought for the common man and woman, for children and against inequity and racism.

Dr. DeQuincy M. Hentz was the fifth Pastor in the 123-year history of Shiloh Baptist Church.  He was called to the pastorate of Shiloh in July 2005 and served there until his untimely death on December 25, 2020.

The public is invited to a memorial service for Dr. Hentz on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. You are invited to share your memories and make acknowledgements between the hours of 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Immediately following the reflections at 3:00 pm, the Celebration Program will commence.  

Remembering Rev. Dr. DeQuincy M. Hentz

Pastor Hentz was a native of Greenwood, South Carolina. He was born in Greenwood County. He was the son of the Reverend Furman Mitchell Miller, Jr. and Ms. Mary Alice Hentz. He graduated from Greenwood High School in May 1992.

Pastor Hentz was 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.  While pastoring at Shiloh he pursued a doctorate, and in January 2018 Pastor Hentz defended and received the Doctor of Arts in Marriage and Family Studies from Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA.  This man of God clearly distinguished himself among the most gifted, yet he continued to remain humble to his calling and ministry.

His dynamic leadership and charismatic preaching voice lead to an increase in Shiloh church attendance.  Ministries within the church and outreach to the community have expanded, and the church’s vision of a 40-unit Senior Housing complex has become real. The facility was completed, and residents moved in January 2013.   Pastor Hentz started a church, Family of God (FOG) Church, located in Co-Op City, of the Bronx, New York City, a vision he had birthed more than ten years ago.

Dr. Hentz was 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 also 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. 

Dr. Hentz was a gifted man of God who preached, taught, wrote, rapped, and poeticized. He was frequently called upon to speak or preach to varying audiences of all ages across the nation near and far. He 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 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.  Dr. Hentz was a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter of White Plains, NY.  On December 25, 2020, after a period of illness, he was called from his earthly toils to his heavenly reward.

Black Westchester offers our prayers and thoughts to Rev. Hentz’ family, friends and church members!