Apostle Allen H. Simmons is a native of Summerville, South Carolina (one of the suburbs of Charleston). After graduating from Alston High School in Summerville, SC, he continued his formal education at Cornell University Medical College and the Manhattan Bible Institute, both located in New York City. He also did continuing education at Hunter College in NYC and the Medical University of South Carolina. Apostle Simmons received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from New Life Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina in May 2001.
Apostle Simmons, being called to the ministry at an early age, has served in various capacities of ministry: Minister of Music, Deacon, Minister, Pastor, Elder and Presiding Elder. He has Pastored along the Eastern Seaboard in the Fire Baptized Holiness Churches of God, under the Late Bishop W. E. Fuller Jr., from Upstate New York and Pennsylvania, to South Carolina. He has more than thirty years of Pastoral expertise.
In 1994, with more than twenty-five years of Pastoral experience, he was elevated to the Bishopric, and consecrated a Bishop in the Sounds of Praise Pentecostal Fellowship Ministries, Inc., under the leadership of the Late Bishop Nathaniel Simmons, founder of the Sounds of Praise Pentecostal Fellowship Ministries, World Wide.
In October 2010, Apostle Simmons, under the divine unction of the Holy Ghost, released the vision God gave to him as it pertains to his office in the Lord’s church, to the elevation of Apostle, and in that same month Apostolic Affirmation was bestowed upon him. This man of God has indeed made his life a testament of servitude to the work of the ministry. He is a true defender or the faith, and a protector of the flock of God.
Apostle Simmons is currently the International Presiding Prelate of the Sounds of Praise Pentecostal Fellowship Ministries and Chairman of the Executive Board of Bishops. He serves as Pastor of the Greater New Bethel Sounds of Praise church located in Summerville, SC., where lives are being changed through his remarkable leadership and sound biblical teaching.
He is active in community and civic organizations presenting God’s greatness in every avenue of secular interaction. As God’s ambassador, he reflects the limitless glories of the Kingdom while demonstrating God’s love through his lifestyle. He walks in dominion and authority and does not carry the title of Apostle as a badge of honor, but as a noble representative with manifested works of an Apostle. As he resembles Christ, his behavior is characterized by discipline, excellence and integrity. His love for the Kingdom is revealed through his compassion and concern to the body as expressed in conversation from those who closely surround him and others who observe him from a distance.
Apostle Simmons is married to the lovely Honorable Janice Y. Simmons, who assists him inexhaustibly in ministry and serves as Co-Pastor of New Bethel. Judge Simmons’ persona, and charm is an inspiration to the youth as well as seasoned individuals both and home and abroad. She wears an awesome anointing that is much to be desired! They have been married since 1972 and have four adult children who love the Lord and are gifted and anointed in the service of Ministry:
• Elder Latitia Renee' Adams (SOP Executive Administrator, Psalmist) and husband, Jonathan T. Adams (Musician).
• Elder Allen H. Simmons, II, (Presiding Elder, Senior Pastor Greater Victory SOP, Paterson, NJ, Musician) and wife, First Lady Paola (Leading Lady).
• Elder Christian Antoine' Simmons (National Adjutant SOP Adjutant General, Executive Pastor of New Bethel SOP, Musician) and wife, First Lady Terry (Leading Lady).
• Minister Jonathan Jermaine Simmons (National SOP Coordinator of Music, NBSOP Minister of Music, Deacon,) and wife, Minister Yakisha (Psalmist).
• Bishop and Lady Jan are the very proud grandparents of twelve; three angels, Jordan, Kyler and Naomi, and nine little prophets, Isaiah, Elijah, Micaiah, Joel, Gabriel, Joshua, Jonathan II, Zion, and Justus.
His passion is winning souls and loving people. If you know Bishop Simmons, you will know that he is a people’s person; touchable, available, a man of integrity, and filled with the anointing. If you do not know him, he is the kind of person you wished you knew. When he speaks into your life, it shall come to pass!!! So, for this brief encounter with him…..Be empowered by the Holy Spirit as he works through the awesome man of God!