On January 18, 2022, our loved one was ushered into his heavenly rest following a long battle with Leukemia. Herman was born to Julius and Olga Effa in August of 1933 in Springside SK. He was the 6th child of 8, one having died as a child.
Herman decided to follow Christ at age 12 and was baptised the following year. He prepared for ministry, with varied degrees of study at the Christian Training Institute, Edmonton, Winnipeg Bible Institute, Winnipeg College, and North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, SD which also awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1993. On October 9, 1953 he was married to Ardath Schmierer who was his partner in ministry over 60 years They were blessed with a son, Allan and a daughter, Jerilyn. They served pastorates in Edmonton, Winnipeg, North and South Dakota and Michigan. For 10 years they served as missionaries in Brazil and an additional 10 years on staff in the Missions Department of North American Baptists in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. During that time new mission fields were established in Mexico, Russia and the Philippines. After retiring in 1996, he and his wife led 23 mission work teams to Brazil and Mexico.
He is survived by his wife, Ardath, Son, Allan (Karen), Daughter, Jerilyn and Grandchildren, Jenise Figueiredo (Junior), Carmyn Effa (George), Jessica Pinheiro (Felipe), Corrie Effa (Ian), Julissa Bayer (Alex) and great grandchildren, Alana, Emma, James and Andrew, Brothers Lawrence (Joyce) and Fred.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Alfred, Mervin, Alvin, Earl and sister Lois.
The memorial service will be held on Jan. 30th, 2022, at 6 PM for invited guests only. The service will be livestreamed at www.hillviewchurch.ca and on the Facebook page of Hillview Baptist Church.
Internment will take place at Trochu Baptist Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be designated to either:
Brazil – Chain of Love or
Cameroon/Nigeria – Least Reached People Group
Online Giving – through the NAB Special Projects at https://nabconference.org/give/special-projects/
Cheque (be sure to designate it to Brazil – Chain of Love or Cameroon/Nigeria Least Reached People Group):
NORTH AMERICAN BAPTISTS, INC.
PO Box 57235 Station A,
Toronto, ON M5W 5M5
Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101