Pastor Ricky Simmons
Ricky Steven Simmons is married to Sylestine P. Simmons, who serves faithfully with her husband in ministry. Together they are the proud parents of four children and four grandchildren. They have labored together for over twenty years at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter, South Carolina. They are excited about the direction God is moving in their lives.
Ricky Simmons is a native of Sumter, South Carolina and a member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Simmons was first ordained a deacon in 1995 and faithfully served in that position, even while called to service in other ministries. He later accepted the call to the ministry of Jesus Christ in 1996.He was licensed August 31, 1997 and ordained to preach God's Word August 29, 1999.
He was called and appointed as the full time Youth Pastor by the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in 2000 and presently serves a growing young congregation of over 200 children and youth and its various ministries. Pastor Simmons is a member and teacher of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Former Vice Chairman of the Black Concerned Clergy, a member of First Priority Board of Directors and Campus Coach for Chestnut Oaks Middle School Christian Club, and former Youth Director of the Sumter Baptist Missionary and Educational Association. In addition, Pastor Simmons is a strong activist of home and foreign mission having traveled to Kenya, South Africa with the 2003 Mission Team. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Marion H. Newton Family Life Enrichment Center which ministers through community outreach.
Vision Statement: It is my vision that God will use me as an instrument of His to lead multitudes to Christ. Also, I will always seek God's plan for ministry and join Him in His work.
Mission Statement: It is my mission first and of first importance to lead people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ; to lead God's people to become fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ; that the church will worship God and love God and love our neighbors as ourselves; that the church reach the people in their community with the gospel of Jesus Christ and that reach will spread around the world.
Value Statements: The Bible is the authoritative, inerrant, infallible, inspired, immutable Word of God and all moral and ethical standards are established in God's Word. My gifts are preaching, teaching, serving and compassion. I believe that America and the churches in America have many challenges ahead. I believe that with humble hearts and prayer and seek God's face and turn from our wicked ways we will return to God and become the church and nation He would have us to be.