Hennie is the National Director of Spiritual Care in the Correctional Services in South Africa. He is heading the Correctional Services Chaplaincy since 2003. The Reverend started as correctional chaplain at the Groenpunt Correctional Centre in the Free State province, South Africa.
Hennie grew up in Bethlehem, South Africa. He graduated and obtained the BA (Theology Admission) at the University of the Free State and BD (Theology) at the University of Pretoria. He started his ministry as an ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church before he accepted the calling to the Correctional Ministry in South Africa.
With the birth of the new democratic South Africa in 1994, he was instrumental in the transformation of the Chaplaincy in Correctional Services in South Africa, establishing an inclusive chaplaincy which was representative of all churches and faiths in South Africa. He was part of an advanced human rights programme between the University of Pretoria and Raoul Wallenburg Institution at the Lund University, Sweden, in the establishing of a human rights culture in government institutions, the Police, Justice and Correctional Services.
Hennie was the National Director of Labour Relations and chief negotiator of Correctional Services South Africa for the period 1998 - 2003.
He is part of the Safety and Security Christian Advisory Board on Correctional Services, Police Services and the National Defence Force of South Africa informing policy and legislation on chaplaincies. The reverend also represented Correctional Services at the National Central Drug Authority of South Africa advising on drug legislation, treatment and prevention.
For the past two decades Hennie is been involved with the University of South Africa (Department of Practical Theology) in the presentation of the Correctional Ministry course and training of pastors working in correctional centres in South Africa and Africa.
Since 2005 the reverend is the Africa representative on the International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA) Worldwide Steering Committee. He served as one of the Vice presidents of IPCA from 2005 - 2010. Recently, he has been involved with training and assisting prison chaplains in the DRC to enrich the prison ministry in the southern part of the country.
He is of the opinion that the rehabilitation of inmates should be supported strongly by needs and evidence based spiritual programmes, focussing on restorative justice, family restoration, moral development and community support programmes.