The Great Commission directs us to touch the lives of those around us "as we go" about daily life Malcolm Herndon represents so many ministers who quietly influenced the lives of others. He recently retired from a number of volunteer ministries on September 30, 2015, to care for his precious wife following her heart attack on August 15, 2015. His primary ministries from which he retired a number of years ago included administration and military chaplaincy, classroom instructor, and pulpit ministry. But his volunteer ministry reached beyond these areas and has included faithful involvement in nursing home and hospital visitation and speaking.
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 1954 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 Conference Superintendent Rev. J. A. Synan, Conference Superintendent Rev. G. D. Yeatts, and Conference Secretary Rev. K. A. Carlysle.
Brother Herndon grew up in Whitmell, Virginia, and graduated from Whitmell Farm-Life School. Further college and university studies and degrees were with Emmanuel College in Georgia, 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 has been much of the heart of his ministry beyond the classroom, serving the Brown Memorial Convalescent Center of Royston, Georgia for thirty-four years from 1981 to 2015.
Brother Herndon served in the United States military in the army in administration and in the Air Force as chaplain’s assistant with a total of over 21 years, retiring with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He oversaw chapel ministry for much of that time in both supervisory and instructional capacities. Of the awards earned were the basic 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 speakers for the Wednesday evening services at the Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church. He also recently retired from the position of Director of the Retiree 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 am indebted to Joe Beck who has taken the initiative to honor his long time friend Malcolm Herndon. They are both ordained ministers of the Cornerstone Conference, formerly the Western North Carolina Conference. The tribute that Joe Beck wrote had several editorial changes and the article was sent to me, to Malcolm Herndon to make sure we had all the fact correct. As the editor of Hugh's News I strive for accuracy and what I call "completed staff work." When I published the article for Friday's edition, I inadvertently opened, copied, and pasted the wrong one. The one I selected did not have the military rank that Malcolm achieved in the Air Force as a Chaplains Assistant. His highest rank was Senior Master Sergeant. Whiled he served in the Army he was in administration. However, when he transferred to the Air Force, he became a Chaplains Assistant. At one time in the history of the Air Force Chaplaincy of Chaplains the name for Chaplains Assistants was changed for a few years to Chapel Management Specialists. In other words he was a church or chapel administrator. He was so good at what he did, an he did it so well his work gained the attention of the Air Force Chief of Chaplains. Consequently, he, the Chief of Air Force Chaplains invited him to teach Chaplains Assistants at Keesler AFB, Mississippi in the school there.
For Malcolm Herndon to balance his work as a professor of math and science at Emmanuel College with fulfilling the requirements of the Air Force took a lot of planning, coordination, management, and time with Mary, his wife and their children. Men and women serve in the reserve or guard of our nation in addition to their regular career field or jobs are to be highly commended for their service and sacrifice. I can tell you from my own personal experience as a reserve Air Force chaplain it was not easy, but worthwhile.
I commend Joe Beck for his willingness to honor a fellow minister in his conference. Joe is retired as a pastor and church leader in the Cornerstone /Conference. He loves to preach, minister and serve local churches who need a pulpit supply on any given Sunday. He is available to preach. If you need a good preacher and a seasoned pastor, Joe Beck is your man. You may write me at my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will communicated with Joe Beck. He and his wife, Sandy reside in Dacula, GA..