On the thirty-first day of January at four o’clock in the afternoon, the Shady Oak Baptist Church, family and friends will join together to officially install Rev. Douglas Simmons, M. Div., as the thirteenth pastor of this historic church nestled in the heart of District 25
On this special day we COMMEMORATE those who came before to pave the way so that we can now sit comfortably at the 1111 White Horse Road, Greenville address where the church has stood for many decades. We commemorate the twelve previous pastors, the late deacons, mothers, missionaries and members alike who served and sacrificed so that we may enjoy the many faces and facets that comprise the present-day ministry.
On this special day we APPRECIATE all our neighbors, fellow churches, clergy and area citizens who prayed for us – ‘kept us on their minds’ during our period of transition. Because of the unyielding love, support and encouragement, God has brought us to this appointed place at this appointed time.
Finally, on this special day we CONGRATULATE Rev. Douglas Simmons on his selection and elevation to the Senior Pastor post of the Shady Oak Baptist Church. He has studied and shown himself approved from his early matriculation at Claflin University to his graduate studies at Morehouse School of Religion, Atlanta, GA and Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. He has sat under some of the best pastors and preachers, teachers and leaders in preparation for this divine assignment. We congratulate him on his union to the former Ronda Risher some twenty years ago and to that union two beautiful daughters – Taylor Savona and Tyra Renae – were born.
With this backdrop, we shine this month’s spotlight on the thirteenth pastor of the Shady Oak Baptist Church, Rev. Douglas Simmons.