Rev. Dr. Arthur D. Sims, Sr., Founder & Senior Pastor
Dr. Arthur D. Sims, Sr. was born March 22, 1944 in Oglethorpe County, Maxeys, Georgia to
the parents of the Rev. James H. Sims, Sr. and Sarah E. Sims.
His father was a legendary pastor and his mother was a gifted singer. Being the second of six
children, he came from a very close-knitted family. Rev. Sims gave his life to Christ at the age of
five by uniting with Oconee Baptist Church and was baptized by the Rev. J. C. Williams.
For the first nine years of his life, he was raised on a 162 acres farm and thereby knew the
discipline of farm life. His mother prepared him well for school as he entered Oconee Elementary
School at the age of five and began his studies in the second grade. At Oconee, he soon became
known for his gift of singing and academic achievement.
At the age of nine, the family moved to Athens, GA, where he enrolled in the Union Baptist
Institute, a private and public school.
He united with the Ebenezer Baptist Church West under the leadership of Rev. J. C. Sanders. At
Ebenezer he led the youth choir.
He soon enrolled at Athens High Industrial School where he was a soloist for the school’s chorus
and graduated an honor student and ranked number five in his class of 105. He received the
principal’s award from Professor H. T. Edwards in Music.
Dr. Sims was taught to sing and influenced greatly in Music by his teachers: Rev. W. F. Billups,
Professor H. T. Edwards, and Mrs. Carrie Billups.
In 1961, he enrolled at Paine College in Augusta, GA where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree
with a major in History and minor in Philosophy of Religion. While at Paine, he excelled in Music;
receiving voice training from Dr. Emily Remington, Ms. Porter Remington, and Ms. Ruby Jenkins.
He was also president of the school’s chorus and a member of the concert choir; and song
extensively for school activities as well as in the community.
While a student at Paine, he was called to preach the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He was licensed to preach the gospel by his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church West in Athens,
GA. during the pastorate of the Rev. William James Hudson.
Dr. Sims was called to pastor the Crossroad Baptist Church in Washington, GA at the age of 18; and
at the age of 19, he became the pastor of the First Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in
The Mt. Moriah Baptist Church was rebuilt under his leadership and became a persuasive force in the
While pastoring in Augusta, he attended Morehouse School of religion under the auspices of the
Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA. As a student at ITC, he led the student
government and graduated with a Masters of Divinity Degree. He also received the Malthalathian
Award for having the Highest Grade Point Average (GPA) for Morehouse School of Religion.
In 1966, he married Jeanne Gloria Stephens Sims (deceased). Four children was born to this union.
Pastor Sims was a Gospel radio host for WAUG radio station. Later on he became a high school
teacher at Blanchard High School while completing further studies at Augusta College (University).
Pastor Sims became a leader in Civil Rights and maintained two broadcast ministries. In addition to
pastoring and being a Civil Rights leader, he became the Executive Director of the Community
Development Project, a Rust DuPont Poverty Program. He also established the First Community Action
Dr. Sims became a recording Artist for the Nashboro Recording Company in Nashville, TN, and Jewel
Recording Company, Shreveport, Louisiana becoming known as the Songbird of the South as he rendered
He also earned a first degree black belt in Korean Karate (Tae Kwon Do) from the Lefiti School of
Martial Arts. He established a school of Martial Arts at the church for young people.
In 1974, he became the youngest pastor of the Historic First Bryan Missionary Baptist Church in
Savannah, GA. While at First Bryan, he maintained a radio broadcast ministry and produced a live
He reestablished the identity of First Bryan as the Oldest Black Baptist Church in North America.
Under his leadership the membership flourished, particularly with young people.
In 1982, he became the pastor of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church in Orlando,
FL. During his pastorate there, he continued with developing a radio ministry, purchased property
for the church and grew the membership.
Dr. Sims, in 1990, became the founder and organizing pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church of
Pine Hills, Orlando, FL.
In 1992, Rev. Sims married Jerrie Coleman Sims. She has been a relentless supporter of his
ministry, mother and grandmother to their children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Awards and Honors
✓ Guest panelist sharing a wealth of information and insight regarding the 1970 Augusta Riot and
Civil Rights Days at Paine College (April 24, 2020)
✓ One of Bethel Baptist Association LEGENDS OF THE GOSPEL (May 1, 2020)
✓ AACCC Past President and Founder
✓ Legend Award from Delta Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (2018)
✓ Malthalathian Award (1968), Morehouse School of Religion (Highest GPA)
✓ Listed in Outstanding Young Men of America
✓ Minister of the Year, Georgia Council of Ministers, 1970
✓ Lt. Colonel Aide DE Champs, The Honorable Jimmy Carter, Georgia
Past Membership Affiliations and Other Honors
✓ Chairman, Board of Directors, Florida General Baptist Convention
✓ President, Florida General Baptist Congress of Christian Education
✓ Dean, Florida General Baptist Congress of Christian Education
✓ President, African American Council of Christian Clergy
✓ Member, Board of Directors, National Congress of Christian Education
✓ Teacher, National Baptist Congress of Christian Education
✓ Chairman, Entertainment Committee, National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., 1996
✓ Member, State Advisory Board, Human Resources of Orange County
Current Membership Affiliations and Other Honors
✓ Chief Advisor to the Bethel Baptist Association
✓ Chief Advisor to the President of the Florida General Baptist Convention
✓ Chief Advisor to the President of the Florida General Baptist Congress of Christian Education
✓ Member, Florida General Baptist Congress of Christian Education
✓ Member, Baptist Ministerial Alliance, Orlando, FL
✓ Member, National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
✓ Member, Bethel Baptist Association
A Message from The Pastor
"I am honored that you have visited our church website. I pray that your visit to our website will encourage you to visit us for our worship service and other opportunities for enrichment. It is my privilege and a blessing to serve as Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church of Pine Hills, Orlando, Florida.
My prayer is for every person to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Make it a point and a purpose to become actively involved in a Bible believing, Bible preaching, Bible teaching, Fundamental church that cares about you.
I make no apology for the Word of God. I preach sound doctrine from that Word and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. "And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled, (Luke 14:23). I believe in Preaching the truth in love. The truth will never be watered down. Sin will be called sin. Right will be called right. But the truth will always be preached in love.
Our church services feature singing great hymns of faith, and praise and worship. You will find that our services are Holy, always seeking to reconcile men to God in the matter of their soul salvation, and Christians to a higher and holier love. We desire to build the family through the Word of God."
We invite you to come fellowship and worship with us.