EFFA, Dr. Herman Louis

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):
PO Box 57235 Station A,
Toronto, ON M5W 5M5

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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Helmut & Liese Penno

We’d like to send our deepest sympathy to the family. Herman will always be remembered as a strong pillar of the faith….like Billy Graham. We love you and are praying for God’s love to enfold you. He is home.

DeeDee Isaac

Ardath, my heart always warms in thoughts of you and Pastor Herman. You both made me feel like I was the most important person in the room. I treasured your example of Christian faith and a Christ-centered marriage. Thank you. My prayer for you and your family is that God hold you so close to His heart that you feel His very breath on your face – always. Much love, DeeDee

Ava Hardie

Herman was pastor at Central when I first knew the Effas, and I stayed with him and Ardath while I was candidating for missions when they lived in Illinois. They were always kind and gracious, and I will remember their goodness to me always. I am happy that Herman is with his Lord – yet extend my sincere condolences to Ardath and the rest of the family. You will be in my prayers. God be with you, comfort you, and give you peace.

John F Kaufield

Marlene and I came to know the Effas while pastoring Napier Parkview Baptist Church in Benton Harbor Michigan (1986-98). Herman was a former pastor of Napier, and was serving in the Missions Department of NABC. We have the highest of respect for Herman and Ardath and their ministry. I always felt warmly accepted by the Effas. They were a joy to know, and faith models to follow. Herman has the joy of the face to face presence with Jesus Christ His Lord whom he faithfully served.

Derrel and Karen Barkman

Allan, Karen and family, we are remembering you in thought and prayers. Peace be with you.

Marg & ken Wiebe

Hugs to you Jerilyn and family. You had a wonderful father and grandfather who was a support to all of you and a strong man of faith. Thinking of you now and praying for you. May your memories stay strong and carry you till you meet again.

Rose Merke

My sincere condolences to Ardath ,Allan and family and Jermyn and family.
May God enfold you in his arms of love
Rose Merke

Bea Schmidtke

I have many fond memories of Pastor Herman during his time at Central Baptist. May God comfort you during this time.

keith bienert

I have really appreciated Herman’s passion for God and ministry and his wisdom as a missionary leader while we served under his leadership in Brazil.

Norma Love-Pankonin and Bernie Pankonin

Sincere condolences to the family.
Herman was a great man, a pillar of faith and a great example to all. We were blessed to have him be a part of Central Baptist.

Gayle and Dave Funk

I really enjoyed our time serving Him together for White cross. We extend our condolences and pray for God’s comfort during this time.

Marlis Lemke

Dieter and I send our sincere condolences to Ardath and her family. We thank God for Hermann’s life and ministry. We were privileged to be on the NAB Missionary Team with Hermann and Ardath though we worked on different continents. May God Wrap you all in His arms and comfort you and give you Peace.

Dick & Beth Rabenhorst

We have precious memories of the years that we had ministry together in Brazil. We always felt like we were part of your family. We praise God for Herman, Ardath and the family, Love and prayers, Dick & Beth Rabenhorst

Julio Cesar Canuto

Somos gratos à Deus pela vida desse irmão. Hermann com sua família, foram instrumentos de Deus, por quem conhecemos o caminho à Jesus.

Sandra Wilkie

Harv and I would like to send our condolences to each of you. We remember fondly ministering together during our 10 years at McKernan Baptist. We know that Herman is enjoying his wonderful heavenly reward. May God bless and keep each of you in His loving care.

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