Pastor Simmons is a Rochester native. He went to Franklin High School, attended Brockport College, and finished at Empire State College with a Bachelor of Science degree. His spiritual journey started as a youth, raised in the church, attending Sunday School and worship services. At 15 years of age,  Pastor Simmons had a tragic event that changed his life. His father, who was his best friend and hero, passed away. His father's death changed the trajectory of his belief in God. For several years he struggled to believe in God and became angry with God. In August of 1988, pastor Simmons gave his heart to Jesus Christ. He started his spiritual learning by attending Jerry Falwell's institution of Biblical Study for two years, studying the Old and New Testament and Bible prophecy.  He also became an ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ. Pastor Simmons is currently a bi-vocation pastor, working for the City of Rochester since 1989, with a current position managing the cemetery division. As a manager, he grew as a leader and accomplished numerous projects to stabilize the cemetery's health. As a pastor, pastor Simmons is a compassionate leader. He leads by serving the people. Throughout his ministry, he has evangelized in various cities and develops numerous spiritual and educational programs. Under his care, the church has purchased property and land. Currently, the church has purchased a significant parcel of land with a beautiful facility. He has proven to be a progressive leader. Pastor Simmons is married to Jonvonna Simmons since 1988; they have three beautiful children and two grandchildren.


First Lady Simmons was born in Harlem, NY but soon moved to Pittsburgh, PA. She attended the Pittsburgh Public School system, Slippery Rock College, and finished at Empire State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. First Lady Simmons works diligently in the ministry with her husband to complete God’s works.  She has the heart to see people prosper both spiritually and naturally. As she has developed many things like Women’s Department President (Conferences, “I’m Every Women” Fellowship, Cancer Awareness, Quarterly Prayer Meetings), President/Founder of Daughters of Faith Incorporate-young lady mentoring program and holds a position as Treasury Secretary for her local church. She leads by example of being a wife, mother, sister, and friend. First Lady Simmions is honored to be a part of NYW First Jurisdiction Women’s Financial Staff and a Board Member of Helena Akins Memorial Charities. Currently holding this new Godly assignment as Headquarters District – District Missionary, and before serving as Assistant To District Missionary, she knows there’s much work to do for God. Jonvonna Simmons is married to Pastor Simmons since 1988. They have three beautiful children and two grandchildren.