Bishop W. Andre Simmons, Sr.
Bishop W. Andre’ Simmons, an anointed preacher and teacher, is a visionary and leader known for his strong commitment to the service of churches and ministries throughout the states, most notably the east coast. He is renowned in the area of music ministry where his influence and reach has been far and wide.
Born to the late Bishop Nathaniel and Johnnie Mae Simmons on July 22, 1961, he is the second oldest of four siblings, Glenn (deceased); Stacey and Natalie. As a teenager, Bishop accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and at the age of 21 he was called into the preached word ministry. He studied at the Manhattan Bible Institute in NY (Dr. Eugene Boise); and the Eastern Bible Institute, NJ (Dean Willie L. Smith). He was ordained in the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas in 1987, by the late Bishop W. E. Fuller, Jr. In 1989 Bishop Simmons began serving in the Faith Tabernacle Outreach Ministries (FTOM) under the leadership of his spiritual father, Apostle Herbert L. Bright, Sr. He began Pastoring the Spirit of Christ Christian Center in June of 1990. After working faithfully in FTOM as Pastor and Elder, the Lord saw fit for elevation. Bishop Simmons was consecrated into the bishopric in June of 2001.
His great compassion and concern for our communities is expressed through community outreach initiatives and has been involved with combating domestic violence, feeding the hungry and A.I.D.S. programs. His commitment to A.I.D.S education and awareness has a special and personal significance having lost several family members to the disease. He has received countless awards and recognition for his ministry and community commitment such as Keys to the City, The Spirit of Excellence Award, Conquering Power’s “Power Award” for Leadership, and in March of 2009, Bishop Simmons was recognized by the “National Who’s Who in America”, just to name a few. In 2006, Bishop Simmons received an honorary Doctorate from His Excellence Theological Seminary in Newburgh, NY. His motivation and thrust for ministry and community comes from his hunger for souls and craving for all God’s children to live delivered, healthy, productive and successful lives.
Bishop W. Andre’ Simmons is married to the love of his life, Elect-Lady Kim Simmons; together they have three gifted and talented children, Wayne II, Elder DeAndra and Tiffany who all currently reside in Miramar Florida and serve faithfully in ministry. He is the Senior Pastor, and Founder of Spirit of Christ Sounds of Praise Ministries, located in Hollywood, Florida and serves in the Sounds of Praise Pentecostal Fellowship Ministries as the Adjutant General Bishop and the District Bishop of the Ft. Lauderdale District, under the leadership of Chief Apostle and Prelate of the Sounds of Praise, Apostle Allen H. Simmons, Sr