Growing up, he was always around music and musicians. He grew up in junior high and high school band at Clinton High School and youth choir at his church. His grandfather served as a music minister at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo.
“Every opportunity in ministry has always included music,” Herring said. “I guess it was just a natural thing.”
Herring attended Hinds Community College then went on to Mississippi College where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Religion with an emphasis in Bible and a minor in music. He attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated with a master’s of Religious Education with a Youth Specialty and minor in music.
Eupora residents will remember Herring from his previous work as Youth Director/Music Minister at First Baptist Church of Eupora in the late 80s and early 90s. After a brief time of working as a building contractor and volunteering with the sound board at his church in Bush, La., Herring returns this Fall to FBC Eupora as the Minister of Music and Associate Pastor.
“I’ve always loved this church (FBC Eupora),” Herring said. “The people, the fellowship and the Spirit of the Lord are all amazing. I enjoyed working with the youth and the choir (before) and love just being a part of God’s work here.”
Herring said he is looking forward to renewing old relationships as well as making new ones.
“I am looking forward to serving the Lord in every way He leads,” Herring said. “I am really excited about what He has for me to do.”
Herring’s wife, Shellie, said she is looking forward to “worship and fellowship with church members and others in the community.”
Shellie recently shared photos and her testimony with FBC Eupora about her mission trip to the Philippines with Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan’s Purse. Shellie has been the Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinator for Southeast Louisiana Northshore for the past three years.
The Herrings have been married for 21 years and they have a 16 year-old daughter, Bailey.
Rev. Travis Gray said the church is blessed to have the Herrings serve at FBC Eupora.
“I am looking forward to serving the Lord with the Herrings as part of our church family,” Gray said. “Bro. John has a gift of leading people in worship. I have quickly learned to appreciate his love for people. It is easy to understand why people were eager for him to come serve our Lord with us. Pray for his family as they make the transition to serving at FBC Eupora.
For more information about FBC Eupora, go to https://www.fbceupora.com.
See this story in the October 22, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/10/23/love-of-music-brings-herring-back-to-eupora/
See a portion of this story in the First Baptist Church of Eupora’s newsletter in the Baptist Record for October 23, 2014 at BR Newsletter 10-23-14