Pastor Dewayne Simmons and wife celebrate ninth anniversary

James W. Wade III | 6/11/2014, 10:38 a.m.
Under Pastor Simmons’ leadership, they have out grown that location and presently having church in the John Adams High School
Latonya Dawson-Simmons and Pastor Dewayne Simmons at their ninth anniversary celebration on June 8, 2014 Photo by James W. Wade III

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church celebrated their pastor’s ninth anniversary.

Dwayne Simmons and Latonya Dawson-Simmons were called to the church to continue the work of the Lord. Pastor Simmons is one who takes care of business and is serious about saving souls.

The service was spirit filled and the choir, under the direction of Derrick Lockett Sr., sang various songs paying tribute to their pastor over the years. They started out with “Open my Heart” by Yolanda Adams, “For every Mountain,” “One more Sunny Day” and “Blessed and Highly Favored” to name a few.

Laura Smith narrated.

The Rev. Chris Washburn delivered the anniversary message and spoke to the church about blessing their pastor. He also told Pastor Simmons to stay encouraged. Simmons, who stands tall in the ministry, is confident, not cocky. Standing over 6 feet 4 inches, he’s decisive and loyal to his church and while there you could see him praising God all through the service.

“I want to say Happy Anniversary to My pastor and his lovely wife Latonya for nine great years. I love them forever,” said Lavoris Simmons.

Pastor Simmons shared with the church how fast 365 days have gone and he still realizes he has a lot more to do.

The church is located at 13009 Kinsman Rd. but don’t look for them there. Under Pastor Simmons’ leadership, they have out grown that location and presently having church in the John Adams High School on Corlett and 116th Ave. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church provides traditional Baptist worship services, youth and adult ministry programs, and advanced Bible study classes.

The members of Mt. Pleasant church was very kind to all visitors and greeted you with smiles and hugs as you entered the church. Pastor Simmons has been an inspiration to me and my life recently. I have been attending for awhile now, but today decided to join,” said Kim Dunn. While spending time with this church, these members overwhelmingly showed love for Pastor Simmons and his wife.

This great man of God has blessed many of his members with the word and helped many get on the right path. At one time, one his oldest members, who joined under his leadership, was over 100 years old and was baptized by Simmons.

Pastor Simmons has done great things in the nine years, leading the people to salvation and walking around the church when he speaks the congregation is in tune to him. Simmons is the third pastor of Mt. Pleasant and plans on building a new church to handle not only his members but the various ministries they offer.

Mt. Pleasant has been around since 1941 when Rev. D. C. Calvert became inspired to build a church in the Mt. Pleasant area. While looking for a desirable location, he noticed there wasn’t a church anywhere on Kinsman. One day while riding down Kinsman, he saw a building with a sign which read “For Sale or Lease”.

On October 12, of that same year, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church held their first service in that location. In 1996, God called a new shepherd to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church by the name of Rev. McDaniel who pastored faithfully until his health failed him and the Lord called him home in 2004.

As God would have it, he called another pastor to lead this congregation by the name of Rev. D.M. Simmons. The church has grown spiritually and the community has been enhanced under his leadership. In his 9 years of service, the Lord has added over 2300 names to the church role.

“God has blessed me to be a blessing to the church and our community, we are pleasant to all who enters God’s doors to worship with us,” said Pastor Simmons.

After the Sunday morning service, the church returned to their Kinsman location to have dinner with the pastor and first lady. The church is a friendly and pleasant church and is worth visiting to hear some great preaching and teaching.

The choir is awesome and they have a great music staff. If you get a chance stop by, make sure you are there at 10 a.m. and tell them you heard it from me.