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 know 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 is now the Minister of Music and Associate Pastor for FBC Eupora.
“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 serving the Lord in every way He leads.
“I am really excited about what He has for me to do,” Herring said.
Herring’s wife, Shellie, said she loves the “worship and fellowship with church members and others in the community.”
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.”
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