fourth generation preacher and pastor, Rev. O. Jermaine
Simmons, Sr. was born in the great state of Georgia to
the Rev. Dr. Perry and Elaine Griffin Simmons. He was raised in
city of Newark, New Jersey, where his father served and still serves
as pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. At a very early age,
the Lord revealed a musical gift which led to many years of service
as a church musician, choir director, and even a jazz band trumpeter.
These gifts and talents would prove to be the “glue”
that would keep this young man connected and active in the Church.
graduating from high school, Rev. Simmons entered Morris Brown College
declaring a major of Early Childhood Education. He received his
Bachelor of Science degree in the Spring of 2001. During his years
at Morris Brown, he served as the Gospel Choir Director as well
as a student-leader in the Campus Ministry department.
March of 1999, the call to preach the Gospel was extended and accepted.
Soon thereafter, Rev. Simmons was licensed by the Abyssinian Church
and received further training at the Antioch Baptist Church North
in Atlanta, Georgia. During his time at Antioch, Rev. Simmons was
trained under the guidance and discipline of the Rev. Dr. Cameron
M. Alexander. He was ordained to further carry out the work of the
ministry in April of 2004. Even now, the training he received at
Antioch has guided him through the work of the ministry and community
2001-2004, Rev. Simmons served in the Atlanta Public School system
as a fourth and fifth grade teacher at the Walter F. White Elementary
school. His love for education is rooted in three previous generations
of teachers in both his paternal and maternal bloodlines. He has
received numerous awards from various educational organizations
for his tireless commitment to teachers, parents, and students alike.
August of 2004, Rev. Simmons relocated to the city of Tallahassee,
Florida where he served as the Youth and Collegiate Director for
the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. During this time, he received
further guidance and training under the leadership of Rev. Dr. R.B.
the Lord knew what lay in store for his servant, as his next transition
was only two miles away from his previous assignment. In December
of 2005, it was laid upon the heart of the Jacob Chapel Baptist
Church family to call Rev. Simmons as their ninth Pastor. Standing
on the broad shoulders of eight great men, the relationship between
Pastor and members has proven to be a very fruitful one.
his arrival at Jacob Chapel, over 4000 souls have been added to
the Body of Christ and the local church. Twenty Seven (27) ministries
have been implemented, all of which are rooted in the motto of “Doctrine,
Stewardship, Fellowship, and Evangelism”. Pastor Simmons firmly
believes that we were all "saved to serve”. Therefore,
the message and the ministry encourage all who attend to “get
right, get in, and get active”…
Under Pastor Simmons' leadership, Jacob Chapel has literally fed
the hungry, clothed the naked, ministered to those in prisons, and
built houses for those without shelter. It is the message of the
Cross, the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Christ from
the grave which continues to fuel the fire that burns within this
passionate preacher and teacher.
has been blessed to carry this message to communities and to people
all over this nation. But his greatest joy is in knowing that he
has reached "the least of these”, and provided hope for
all who encounter his compassionate personality and heart-felt presentation.
No matter where he is assigned to preach, Pastor Simmons has not
wavered from delivering the Good News about “One Friday…”
from being a Pastor, community leader, and dedicated Kingdom worker,
Rev. O. Jermaine Simmons, Sr. is the proud husband of Mrs. Elise
A. Simmons, and father of one son, Orinthius Jermaine Simmons, Jr.
In lieu of the many accomplishments and awards that Pastor Simmons
has received through the years, it will always be undergirded by
his love for the Lord and for his family.