Brother Herndon received the call to ministry on July 30, 1950, while kneeling in prayer on an old log located near the family farmyard stable in Whitmell, Virginia. His first year ministry credentials were received in Alaska in 1955 serving as pastor and conference secretary before transferring to the Western North Carolina Conference, now Cornerstone. In 1957 he received second year credentials and in 1959 ordination credentials. Those signing his ordination credentials were General Superintendent the Rev. Mr. J. A. Synan, Conference Superintendent the Rev. Mr. G. D. Yeatts, and Conference Secretary the Rev. Mr. K. A. Carlysle.
Malcolm Herndon grew up in Whitmell, Virginia, and graduated from Whitmell Farm-Life School. Further college and university studies and degrees were with Bryan College in Tennessee, the University of Tennessee, Emory University in Georgia, and the University of Georgia.
He served Emmanuel College and the Franklin Springs, Georgia, area most of his adult life, serving as classroom instructor from 1966 to 2001. Hospital visitation and speaking have been much of the heart of his ministry beyond the classroom, serving the Brown Memorial Convalescence Center for thirty-four years from 1981 to 2015.
Brother Herndon served in the United States military as a chaplain’s assistant in both the Army and Air Force Reserves for twenty-one years. He oversaw chapel ministry for much of that time in both supervisory and instructional capacities. Of the awards earned were the Instructor Badge and the Master Instructor Badge.
One of his last duties was to serve during the past three years as the coordinator and recruiting speaker for the Wednesday evening services at the Franklin Springs Church. He also recently retired from the position of Director of Retirees Council of Emmanuel College, a ministry he has held since 1999.
Brother Herndon has served his Lord and the International Pentecostal Holiness Church faithfully. We commend him for his service to the Kingdom of God and now his desire to care for his precious wife. Rich blessings from his church family and friends.
[Editor's comment: I would like to express my gratitude to the Rev. Mr. Joe Beck, a recently retired pastor and conference leader in the Cornerstone Conference. He and his wife, Sandy, have recently move to Georgia and reside in Dacula. Joe preached at our church, Christian Life Worship Center, several times during the interim period we were without a pastor. He is an excellent preacher and his ministry to the people in the altars was well received and appreciated. Joe Beck is available to preach, to conduct revivals, to teach in workshops, etc. If you are interested, you may contact me at my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will communicate with Joe. His ministry will do your church good.]