The Foreign Ministry of the Bahamas
Darren A. Henfield
Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Honourable Darren Allan Henfield was elected to Parliament on 10 May 2017 and was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs on 15 May 2017.
Minister Henfield was born in Abaco, The Bahamas on 16 April 1962.
A graduate of Abaco Central High School (1979), he enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) in 1981 as a marine recruit. He worked his way to the rank of petty officer before being selected to undergo the Special Duties Officers’ Course at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England in 1998, upon completion of which he was commissioned a sub-lieutenant. During his near 36-year career in the military, he served in many billets and appointments at sea and ashore. He values his 6-month (peacekeeping) tour of duty in the Republic of Haiti during 1995, as a member of the CARICOM battalion under the aegis of United Nations mission to the country, as one of the main highlights of his military career.
Minister Henfield received a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of the West Indies – College of The Bahamas Campus – in 2009 and was called to The Bahamas Bar as a counsel and attorney in 2011. He then served three (3) years as a junior counsel in the Office of the Attorney General. In 2015, he was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, California, where he received a master’s degree in security studies (Combatting Terrorism: Strategy and Planning). There, he was given the NPS International Student of the Year Award for consistent academic performance and community involvement.
A long-time member of Calvary Deliverance Church, he chaired the Church’s Annual Convention Committee for more than twelve (12) years and also served as chairman of the Building Fund Committee, which greatly assisted with the Church’s ambitious refurbishment and renovations during 2003. In 2012, he was appointed Senior Associate Pastor.
Deciding to continue service to the Bahamian people and country at another level, (Acting) Lieutenant Commander Henfield retired from the RBDF on 3 January 2017 in order to accept the FNM’s nomination as its standard bearer in North Abaco.
He and his wife of thirty-two (32) years, Deidre, have three (3) sons and one (1) granddaughter. They enjoy travelling and meeting people.