Joseph E. Simmons

Joseph E. Simmons is one of today's most gifted communicators offering a clear, contemporary, and creative teaching style that connects people with the life-changing principles of the Bible.

He believes church should be engaging and relevant, and strives to eliminate the barriers of boredom, unfriendliness, and fear that keep people from experiencing a relationship with Jesus Christ.

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Joseph E. Simmons became Pastor of Greater St. Paul Church in 1994 after holding various positions at Xerox Corporation for 10 years where he was awarded several leadership, management, and performance awards. Since he became Pastor, Greater St. Paul Church has become one of the most effective ministries in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area providing worship, fellowship, and Bible study opportunities to hundreds each week.

From the very beginning, Pastor Simmons’ goal has been to raise up a church that represents the Kingdom with excellence and profoundly impacts the local community and beyond.   His greatest desire is to see that dream come to pass by helping each individual experience a genuine heart transformation through a real relationship with Jesus Christ.

Inspired to be a catalyst to help transform people's lives with the love of Christ, Joseph E. Simmons is deeply committed to encouraging each individual to reach their highest potential in Christ. He is determined to revolutionize as many lives as possible by focusing on building stronger families, transforming our local community through active participation, bridging the gap between cultures and generations, and impacting the world with the love and generosity of Christ.

Pastor Simmons holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science (International Law) and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Kansas State University. With a mind set on law and ministry, he attended Howard University School of Law and The School of Theology, Virginia Union University of Richmond, Virginia, graduating with honors and a Master of Divinity Degree.  He completed a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio with a concentration in Urban Economics. In addition, Pastor Simmons is a successful graduate of several civic leadership programs.  He was consecrated Bishop of Economic & Community Development for Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International by International Presiding Bishop, Paul S. Morton Sr. in 2005, and is the 2014 Full Gospel Appointee responsible for Business Relations.

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