Pastor Emeritus’ Bio
Pastor James H. Sims, Jr. is a native of Athens, Georgia and is the eldest of six children born to Reverend and Mrs. James H. Sims, Sr. (Sarah). He is married to the former Linda Mays and is the father of four children: three girls, Janet, Sarah, & Micki; one son, James Michael and presently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Pastor Sims attended Oglethorpe County Elementary School, Athens High School, Union Institute and matriculated at Morehouse College, Atlanta, and Paine College, Augusta, Georgia. He also studied at the Norcross, Georgia branch of the Luther Rice Theological Seminary.
Pastor Sims was ordained and licensed in the ministry at the age of 18, and began his pastorate at the age of 19. He has pastored at the following churches: Rucker Memorial Baptist Church (Sanders Chapel), Gainesville, Georgia; Central Baptist Church, Augusta, Georgia; Summerville Baptist Church, Augusta, Georgia and Greater Young Zion Baptist Church, Augusta, Georgia. Rev. Sims was pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia for 40 years, beginning January 1975, until his retirement in April 2015. He led his congregation through many challenging and rewarding areas of Christian service.
Under his leadership, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church relocated and completed the first phase of a new building program in 1980. The first phase included a sanctuary, fellowship hall, classrooms and a kitchen. The church was also able to begin the second phase of Shiloh’s building program that would add a three-story multi-million dollar addition in the winter of 2000. The addition included an elevator, media center and additional classrooms and administrative space. The plan also called for renovation of the existing sanctuary and fellowship hall. The church was given permission to occupy the addition by the city of Atlanta in October 2001.
Guided by the strong Hand of God, a keen vision, a “tough” faith, a tenacious stamina, and supported by the unity and love of a “tried” and dedicated congregation he scaled lofty pinnacles of faithful service in the vineyard of God.
Pastor Sims has been affiliated with, an active member of and an officer in the following organizations:
NAACP, Augusta Branch; Vice President
Ministers Union, Augusta, Georgia; Vice President
10th District of the General Missionary Baptist Convention; President
Walker Baptist Congress; Vice President, Atlanta Baptist Minister’s Union
WSB- TV Radio Sermonette Program
The Atlanta Baptist Association
The Concerned Black Clergy
The New Era State Baptist Convention of Georgia
Although, this anointed man of God has received numerous accolades and several degrees, including being inducted onto the Board of Preachers at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel, Morehouse College in 1994, he considers himself a nameless recipient of God’s grace. Since being granted emeritus status, he continues to preach God’s word and fulfill the great commission.