On Oct. 24, 1971, Herman Pair was ordained to the gospel ministry at Henagar Baptist Church. This Oct. 24 — which also falls on a Sunday — Pair, who currently serves as minister to senior adults at Lakeside Baptist Church, Birmingham, will celebrate 50 years of full-time ministry.
Pair has served in many staff positions through the years and has been the pastor of churches across Alabama. In the late 1980s, he and his wife, Linda, were appointed by the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) as church planters to St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1988, he took his first international missions trip to Seoul, South Korea, and this trip began his great passion for global missions. Trips to Romania and Ukraine soon followed.
Pair also served as a trustee of the International Mission Board for 8 years, during which time he visited South America and the Pacific Rim. He also made 17 trips to work with the International Bible Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, training village pastors in preaching, evangelism and administrative skills.