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The Journey of Glorious Hope Pastor John Herring

by Trey Simpson

Reverend John Herring has been a pastor at Glorious Hope Missionary Baptist Church for about five years. Reverend Herring heard the call of the Lord that led him to start preaching in April 2010. Herring became the fourth and youngest pastor at this church in March 2012. "As I finished my undergraduate degree at Fort Valley University, I saw how the Lord was speaking to me. After years of prayer and preparation, I finally accepted the call," said Pastor Herring. "I became very active in the ministry. My dad was a pastor at this church for about sixteen years. He and I had a private conversation to share with me his plans to retire as a pastor. The Lord showed him that I would be the next pastor, but he said I would need to 'see it'. After six months of prayer and conversations with my family, I realized that I wanted to take over as the next pastor."

Pastor Herring was born and raised in Macon, GA. Herring attended Southwest High School. In college, Herring graduated from Fort Valley University with a degree in Business Administration. Also, Herring graduated from Liberty University with a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies. Herring has been married to Jada Fambro-Herring for about14 years. Herring has two children, Alexandra and Malik Herring. Herring has been in the missionary for seven years and always enjoyed church at an early age. From watching his dad and uncle be pastors over the years, Herring developed the passion to follow their footsteps.

Pastor Herring has a lot to be excited about from the church. The church provides a weekly Food Bank and nursing home ministries. The all-boys after school program, Men About Change, at the church have been successful. "The program is operated by Ervin Clowers. It's Monday through Thursday from 3:00pm-6:30pm. The boys receive snacks, tutoring for subjects they might be weak in and a home cooked meal by the time their families come pick them up. We are partner with Brookdale Elementary School. We both come together to try to make an impact on the kids."

"I'm proud that the church is a growing congregation. The people are growing in every area of their life. When we do bible study or Sunday school, the objective is to speak the same language. Our Bible studies and Sunday school deal with the same topics. The objective is to speak the same language and bless the entire family. On Sundays, I stick on similar topics. This will help the church grow so we can develop different types of ministries.

The future is for bright Reverend John Herring and his church. Herring has many accomplishments that himself and his church want to achieve. "I want to see us pay off our church mortgage within the next two years," said Herring. "I want to start broadcasting on TV, live streaming to get the word out, increased outreach and community development."

Herring's hobbies are running and working out. Herring is a person who loves to spend time with his family and meditate. However, he is in the process of writing a book which will hopefully come out at the end of the year.

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Rev. John Herring