Reverend Sims was appointed the Pastor of Union in 2011. He came to us with a new energy and ministry that includes his musical talents in singing and as an accomplished saxophone player; as well as his gift in delivering the Biblical Word. The parsonage has been completely redecorated with new fixtures and other adornments. The Video/Visual Ministry has been upgraded and expanded, and provides a new dimension to the worship experience. The membership under the leadership of Pastor Sims has increased across all services and for that we are grateful. His leadership provides a venue for continued growth with a richness of purpose for the coming years. Rev. Sims has prepared for the ministry in heart and hand. He serves as the 12th District (Arkansas) Director of Church Growth and Evangelism, Serves on the finance team for the Little Rock - Jonesboro District of the Arkansas Conference. Sims is a Shorter College Trustee and is active in many other aspects of the church and community.
Southern Baptist Seminary Preaching Program (Continuing Education)
E.K Bailey Expository Preaching Program (Continuing Education)
Jackson Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
High School: Watson Chapel High School, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 1973
Ordination(s): Elder, Central Arkansas Conference, 12th Episcopal District, AME Church
Deacon, Central Arkansas Conference, 12th Episcopal District, AME Church
Licensed to Preach: Ward Chapel AME Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Pastor: Union AME Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
Pastor: Curry Chapel AME Church, Strong, Arkansas
Pastor: Shiloh Circuit, Bethel and Shiloh AME Churches, Chidester, Arkansas
Past Employment: Arkansas Power and Light Company, 16 yrs.
Owner: Safety 1st Alarm Company, 20 Yrs.
Married to: Debra Sims
3 Children: Dedrick, Jomaal, and NaCosha Sims
3 Grandchildren: Dylan, Jomaal Jr., Jaylon
FROM THE HAND OF THE PASTOR:
Recently I saw a sign under a mounted largemouth bass. It read, "If I had kept my mouth shut I wouldn't be here." How true! What we say is important. The book of Job reminds us, "How forcible are right words!" (Job 6:25)
Our prayer to God ought to be, "Oh Lord, please fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff, and nudge me when I've said enough." Proverbs 29:11 says, "A fool uttereth all his mind." Always speak less than you know. Never let your tongue say what your head must pay for later.
Choose to speak positive, motivating words. Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. They make other people good-natured.
Sometimes your biggest enemies and most trustworthy friends are the words you say to yourself. "The words 'I am' are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you are claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you," A.L Kiselman said.
Johann Lavater said, "Never tell evil of a man, if you do not know it for certainty, and if you know it for certainty, then ask yourself, 'Why should I tell it?" There is life and death in the power of the tongue.
Don't jump into trouble mouth first!