Bishop Herro Verne Blair was born on January 24, 1946 in Somerton, St. James. He is the seventh of fourteen children born to Geneva and Mortimer Blair, pastors in Somerton.
The Lord called him into the ministry as a young man and under the direction of the Holy Spirit preached the uncompromising gospel without fear or favour.
On June 15, 1968, he married Alma Lindsay. The union produced four boys.
In a quest to display his initiative, Bishop Blair saw it fit to establish the following:
• Garment Factory as a Skills Training Centre
• The Deliverance Centre Basic School
• The Deliverance Centre Commercial Institute
• The Deliverance Centre Bible Institute
• The Yadar Kinder Prep School
• Street Feeding Programme and Soup Kitchen at his church, Faith Cathedral Deliverance Centre, 104 Waltham Park Road, Kingston.
• Deliverance Evangelistic Association Inc. which now serves in six countries across the world.
A STRONG LEADER:
In an effort to expand his horizon, he made himself available to serve his country and church alike. To this end he was appointed in various capacities and served as:
• General Secretary of the National Religious Media
• Chairman of the National Democratic Movement
• Member – Future Vision Foundation
• Vice President Caribbean Region for Full Gospel Fellowship International
• Member of the Rent Assessment Board
• Member of the Mayor’s Civic & Cultural Committee – K.S.A.C.
• Chairman of the National Religious Affairs – Jamaica Festival
• Co-Founder of the JCDC Gospel Festival Song Competition
He currently serves as:
• Member of the Parole Board for over twenty years
• President – Deliverance Evangelistic Association with 26 Churches in Jamaica, Cayman, Canada, Haiti, U.S.A. and Africa
• Pastor of the Faith Cathedral Deliverance Centre – 104 Waltham Park Road, Kingston
• Member – Consultative Committee on Crime and Violence
• Chairman/Director of the National Religious Media
• Founding Member of COSPROD
• Member of the International Communion of Charismatic Churches & Bishop’s Council
• Chairman of the Peace Management Initiative since 2001
• Justice of the Peace
• Marriage Officer
• Political Ombudsman of Jamaica
• Appointed board member Institute of Jamaica – June 2, 2008
His efforts in serving the people did not go unnoticed and as a result he received the following awards:
• International Award The National Religious Broadcasting Commission
• Order of Distinction through Service – August 6, 1984
• Gleaner Award of Merit in Public Service 2002
• Long Service Award – The National Religious Media Commission
• Doctor of Divinity – International Bible Institute
• Kiwanis Award
• Numerous Awards in the field of Religion.
• Humanitarian of the Year – Florida International University, Miami
• CVM TV Award as Newsmaker nominee of the year nominee 2003
• Fellow Award of Pacific University
• Order of Jamaica 2007
• Recipient – Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Jamaica 50 Living Legacy Award for outstanding contribution to nation building – February 8, 2012