The Rev. Larry R. Baird
Birthdate: August 7, 1949
Educational background: BA, Lycoming College, 1971; MDiv, Colgate Rochester, 1974
Ordained UMC elder: 1976
Clergy appointments: Wyoming/Covington, 1972-75; East Bloomfield/Ionia, 1975-80; Westfield, 1980-86; Clarence, 1986-2003; Superintendent, Cornerstone District, 2003-11.
Married to Brenda Baird, retired teacher’s aide
Two married sons and two granchildren
Denominational service: Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Church Growth and Evangelism, Camps and Retreats Ministry, Racial Ethnic Local Church; New Church Starts; jurisdictional and general conferences delegate. President, the board of directors of The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church
Specializations: Preaching, stewardship, evangelism, models for leadership
Hobby: Fly fishing, fly tying
Person most influential in his faith and practice: “My mother – a humble servant who loved God with all her heart, soul, and mind; and expressed it in love of neighbor.”
On diversity in the church: “I understand diversity to be complementary variety in God’s creation, and an enrichment of gifts and graces God has put in place to achieve God’s purposes. I encourage everyone to involve themselves in building up the church in whatever way God has gifted them, and is consistent with God’s plan as revealed in Scripture. I believe such diversity is a blessing.”
Would like to accomplish: “I would like in some way to help renew a local church and our denomination so that it is increasingly effective in making disciples for Jesus Christ.”
Rev. Baird enjoys preaching, and regards it as a means for both inspiration and instruction. He is well-known in the conference for his abilities in training lay leadership.