Pastor Sims is the Shepherd of the New Canaan Baptist Church, serving in this capacity since November 1989. He is a native Washingtonian, born in November 1958. He is excited to have married the former Minister Ellen R. Johnson in the fall of 1978. They have been blessed with four adult children: three sons and one daughter.
Pastor Sims accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior on December 19, 1971, in Frankfurt Germany. He was called to preach on August 9, 1976 and was licensed on October 17th of the same year, by the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Maryland; under the Late Dr. John W. Johnson. He was ordained into the Gospel Ministry on July 24, 1982.
In 1987 he united with New Canaan Baptist Church to work with Men’s Discipleship and the Adult Sunday school, under Pastor Terry D. Streeter. On August 9, 1989 he was elected to serve as the sixth Pastor of New Canaan. In May of 1990, Pastor Sims became New Canaan’s first full-time pastor. The congregation has grown both numerically and spiritually under his pastorate; with a focus on developing a heart like Jesus, in order to minister to others. The Lord blessed the church under his leadership to complete a 22, 000 square foot building project which includes sanctuary, fellowship hall, chapel, offices, seven classrooms and other rooms. In addition, the church has renovated an 8,000 sq. ft. building, which serves as the Church's Annex. The Lord blessed the congregation to Burn the Mortgage on the new facility in May of 2013.
Pastor Sims is a member of the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Washington, DC and Vicinity. He is a former member of the Executive Board of the Baptist Convention of Washington, DC and Vicinity.
Pastor Sims has received Certification from the E.K. Bailey Expository Preacher’s Conference in 2006 and Advanced Certification in July 2014. Pastor Sims received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from the Lancaster Bible College with honors, in May of 2013. He earned his Master's of Arts in Leadership Studies from Captial Seminary, graduating Summa Cum Laude, on May 12, 2018.
Pastor Sims believes that the family is the single most important institution that God has given to this world. He is simply a child of God and a steward of His Word, abiding by the following scripture:
“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly I have a reward; but if against my will, a dispensation of the Gospel is committed unto me.” 1 Corinthians 9:16- 17
Pastor Sims enjoys spending time with his family and especially playing scrabble with his jewel, Ellen. His ministry Scripture verse is: 2 Timothy 1:12
First Lady Sims is the wife of Pastor Gregory M. Sims, shepherd of the New Canaan Baptist Church, in Washington, DC. They met while attending a weekly bible class under the Gospel Music Workshop of DC & Vicinity. Married in the fall of 1978, they have been wonderfully blessed in their union for more than thirty-five years. The Lord has blessed them with three sons and one daughter.
A native Washingtonian, Minister Ellen Sims was reared in the Israel Baptist Church. At the age of fifteen, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior. In January of 1977, she accepted the call to the Gospel Ministry and was licensed by the Israel Baptist Church in June 1978.
First Lady Sims has supported her husband in pastoral ministry for twenty-five years. She serves as one of the adult Sunday school teachers, one of the facilitators for the Parenting Class, as well as founder and director of the Children’s Ministry. She is the also the director of the Children’s Choir, and sings with several choirs in the Music Ministry.
First Lady Sims has been involved with discipling women one on one and is a facilitator for a Women’s Discipleship Class. She has taught with her husband during Couple’s Retreats and has also been a facilitator for women’s retreats and conferences.
First Lady Sims desires to share Christ's love with the entire body of Christ, both young and old. She seeks to encourage young women, as well as mothers and wives, to be living examples of Titus 2:3-4 for Christ; and also to model it for women of this generation.
She also aspires to teach children the scriptures, in anticipation that they come to know Christ in a personal relationship, at a young age. Her desire is to exhort the saints to be, "Doers of the word and not hearers only."