In August 2011, Apostle Bertril A. Baird celebrated fifty years in the Christian ministry. Born at Bethel, Tobago, 27th March 1944, he became a christian in April 1961 at age 17. His first mentor and pastor in ministry, and his lifelong friend, was Bishop Joshua Turnel Nelson (1939–2006). In 1963 he entered the West Indies School of Theology (WIST), from which he graduated in 1966 with a Diploma in Theology with Honours. At WIST he met his wife Jacqueline (née Davis) of Belmont, Trinidad, and they were married on 10th June 1967. He leaves to mourn his wife Jacqueline, two daughters and two grandchildren.