Our Pastor


Bishop Jimmy S. Simms was born on September 4, 1959 to the union of George and Audrey Simms.

He received his primary and secondary education in the Raleigh County Public School System, graduating in 1977. In June of the same year Bishop Simms enlisted into the U.S. Army and spent the next six years serving his country throughout the United States and abroad in places such as New Jersey,  Virginia, and Germany, then completing his tour of duty at Gray Army Air Field in Fort Lewis, WA. During his tour of active duty service, Bishop Simms received many medals and letters of commendation with an honorable discharge in January 1983.

He was united in Holy Matrimony to Deanna Cooper on the 27th  of June 1983 and relocated from Tacoma, WA to Detroit, MI in September of the same year.  He has two children, Jamal and Jimelle  were he currently resides in Livonia, MI.

In May 1985, while drinking beer and watching “The Hour of Truth”, hosted by Bishop William L. Bonner, the Lord began to deal with him about being saved. He went next door to the home of his eldest sister and began “tarrying” for the Holy Ghost. He, his wife, and his brother-in-law were all filled with the Holy Ghost as the Spirit of God gave utterance.

In September 1988, Bishop Simms acknowledged his call to the gospel ministry and preached his trial sermon on September 11 with the subject Look Up and Live.

Under the tutelage of the late Bishop Paul O. Jones Jr., he began to quickly come through the ranks, serving as an Usher, Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent, Deacon, Minister, and Ordained Elder.

Bishop Simms acknowledged his call to Pastoral Ministry in 1993 when he established Gate to Glory Apostolic Church, holding the first service in a 2500 sq ft “storefront” on March 24, 1994.  In December 2008, the ministry was blessed to purchase a beautiful church edifice and marched into it on April 19, 2009.

You can view sermons from Bishop Simms on YouTube at gatetoglorysermons and click on the message of your choice. We know you will be blessed.

In the words of Bishop Simms “May God Bless You and May Heaven Smile Upon You”