Allen H. Simmons, Sr.
Chief Apostl & Prelate
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, 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, as well as His Excellence Theological Seminary, Newburgh, NY in October 2007. 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-five 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, Worldwide. In October 2010, Apostle Simmons, under the divine unction of the Holy Ghost, released the vision that 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 ministry. He is a true defender of the faith and a protector of the flock of God. Apostle Simmons is currently the International Presiding Prelate of the Sounds of Praise Fellowship Ministries and serves as the Chairman of the Executive Board of Bishops. This Apostolic role of Kingdom building comes having served as Senior Pastor of the Greater New Bethel Sounds of Praise Church located Summerville, SC, for over 28 years, where lives have been changed and completely transformed, to and for the Glory of the Almighty God, 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 for the body, as expressed in conversation from those who closely surround him, as well as those 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 SOP. Judge Simmons’ persona, and charm is an inspiration to the youth as well as seasoned individuals, both at 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 R. Adams (SOP and NBSOP Executive Administrator, Psalmist) and husband, Jonathan T. Adams (Musician). • Elder Allen H. Simmons, II (SOP Administrative Assistant, Senior Pastor of Greater Victory SOP, Patterson, NJ). • Elder Christian A. Simmons (Senior Pastor of Greater New Bethel SOP). • Elder Jonathan J. Simmons (Senior Pastor of Grace to Glory SOP, Columbia, SC). • Apostle and Lady Jan are the very proud grandparents of twelve; three angels, Jordan, Kyler and Naomi, and seven little prophets, Isaiah, Elijah, Micaiah, Joel, Gabriel, Joshua, Jonathan, II, Zion, and Justus. If you know Apostle Simmons, you will know that he is a people’s person; humble, touchable, available, a man of integrity, and filled with the anointing. His passion is winning souls and loving people. If you do not know him, he is the kind of person that 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!