By Diane Tezeno
For every door that has closed in David Henson’s life, God has opened a window of opportunity.
After a torn PCL ended his dreams of making it to the pros in the National Football League, David Henson graduated with a degree in industrial engineering and began building a successful career in management in the auto manufacturing industry before arriving at a crossroads.
It was 2005 and the auto manufacturing industry was in a downturn when Henson was faced with the decision of moving to a plant in Indiana that was losing money or relocating to Europe for several years for an executive-level opportunity making $250,000, shares Henson.
“I was sick and tired of the uncertainty in the auto manufacturing industry and wanted more stability and was left looking around wondering what to do next,” says Henson.
Possessing an innate knack for business, Henson had started several side ventures through the years and in 2000 had written a business plan for an idea that God had given him.
“In 2004, I was sitting in a meeting and asked God to give me a name for the business – and it came to me, “Best Bread Around.” Right then and there I said that is going to be the name of the company,” says Henson.
Henson’s life would go through several transformations, including a divorce, a lay off, remarriage and transition into a career in education for several years, before he would take a step of faith to make his bread business a reality.
“I was losing sleep and praying, and finally heard God but not believing what he was saying because I didn’t have all of the details. I was asking myself, ‘how am I going to start this business with nothing?’” says Henson.
Henson soon received the confirmation he needed.
“I went to church and my pastor preached a sermon. His three points were: ‘Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can do,’” shares Henson.
The revelation led Henson and wife, Tara, to take a first step.
“I started the business in my Mom’s kitchen. I have never considered myself to be a good cook, but I am good at tasting, and can taste and copy a good recipe and my wife knows how to blend seasonings very well,” says Henson.
Hailing from a family of good cooks, Henson put his products to a taste test with his family members.
“I said to myself, ‘If I can convince my family, then I can start with the public,’” says Henson.
With a thumbs up from family members, Henson and his wife began making homemade desserts and selling them at Market Days in small towns in Goliad, Schulenburg and Bellville on the weekends.
The demand for their products grew at such a rate that coordinators of the events began receiving a flood of calls asking when “The Dessert Guy” and The Dessert Lady” were coming back, shares Henson.
Capitalizing on their growing popularity, the couple invested in a tent with the name “Best Bread Around” on it to begin establishing their brand.
Customers then began asking, “Where is the Bread?” shares Henson.
“I told my wife, we probably need to start making some bread,” laughs Henson.
The couple expanded their product line to include artisan breads made from natural ingredients, gourmet deli type sandwiches, gourmet soups, and signature pot pies and bowls.
With increasing demand for their products, Henson and his wife recognized the need to devote more time to the business.
“My wife and I prayed for insight on a good time to pursue the business full time and with God’s divine intervention my wife’s company laid her off. It was perfect timing because the business had grown to a point where somebody needed to be dedicated to the business on a full-time basis,” shares Henson.
With Henson helping his wife on weekends, the business was growing to the point that it was too much for one person and God allowed the business to prosper enough to allow Henson to leave his job behind.
“We sent from selling 100 units per week when we first started to selling 700 units per week enabling us to comfortably support ourselves, that was the deciding factor,” shares Henson.
Less than a year later, a business that began as a mere idea, grew into a viable business operation offering a wide range of to be able to do it all at one time, you just have to take it one step at a time,” says Henson.
That is what Henson and his wife are doing as they make plans for their next move – opening a commercial kitchen to expand their company’s production capabilities.
Next on the horizon is opening a quick casual restaurant to serve their growing selection of artisan breads and desserts to a broader audience of customers.
But greater than the couple’s business goals, is Henson’s commitment to leaving a legacy of success for his children to emulate.
“I want my kids to see that it can be done and if you think big and have God with you anything is possible as long as it’s in His plan,” says Henson.
products and catering services.
The company now fulfills monthly bread orders for a fast growing company in the Houston area and makes product deliveries to a growing list of corporate clients as word of their products continues to spread.
“God just keeps providing each time for the next level. He’s already shown me His power and that we are where we are supposed to be. Now it’s about getting up every day and staying at it, and just trusting God and living out our vision. You aren’t going
Henson pauses for a moment reflecting on his journey.
“I wanted to be a football player, at least that’s what I thought, but that was not the direction God wanted me to go in and He stopped it. He blocked it. I was at the peak of my career playing football and NFL coaches were calling asking about me, MVP and all that kind of stuff, and God said, ‘No gotta shut that down,’” says Henson.
His advice to others is to find out God’s purpose for your life and pursue it wholeheartedly and recognize that even the detours have purpose.
“You gotta know your purpose, and not only that, you have to be in the right place doing what you’re supposed to do. I know where I’m supposed to be that’s why I have peace even when the struggles come. Sometimes we look at those uncomfortable places that God may take us through but a lot of times that’s training ground just to get you where you need to be.
Where that is for Henson and his wife is “Making the Best Bread Around.”
Best Bread Around
Sweet Potato Pie
Gourmet Soups and Sandwiches
Chicken Pot Pies
Chicken Salad Bowls