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Rev. James Baird

Bro. Baird graduated North Clay Community High School in Louisville, Illinois. Later he attended Pentecostal Bible Institute in Tupelo, Mississippi. He graduated his third year and was president of his class and valedictorian of his graduating class. In 1964 he married Mary Worley from Dyersburg, Tennessee. Their first church pastorate was in Foley, Alabama. In 1967 they moved to Burlington, North Carolina to assist Rev. S. E. Pylant and later became the pastor of that church. They also assisted Rev. B. A. Spell in Baton Rouge, Lousianna. Bro. Baird helped in a home mission church in Orlando, Florida; started a church in Pekin, Illinois; pastored in Swainsboro and Eastman, Georgia; started a home mission church in Taylorsville, Mississippi; and pastored for six years in Ashland, Wisconsin. His last church to pastor was in Fairfield, Illinois for eight years. He evangelized when he was not pastoring. At the present time, he and his wife are attending Calvary Apostolic Tabernacle in Iola, Illinois pastored by Rev. Michael Durre. Bro. Baird accepted his call to the ministry when he was only 19 years old (1961) and is still going strong!