Rev. Harold E. Sims Jr. is an ordained Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Rev. Sims is currently a member of the Washington Annual Conference of the Second Episcopal District. Rev. Sims currently serves as an Associate Minister at the First AME Church of Manassas. Rev. Sims is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and he currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his lovely wife and best friend Sis. Jackelyann Sims with their five young children. Rev. Sims has served as a Law Enforcement Professional and Crime Prevention Specialist in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the past 16 years.
Rev. Sims is a product of both the Baltimore City, Maryland and Essex County, Virginia Public School Systems. He currently holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in both Criminal Justice Administration and Management from Kaplan University, and is currently attending the Historic Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio pursuing his Masters of Divinity Degree. Rev. Sims has also studied at Washington Bible College, Howard University School of Divinity and Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.
In January of 2011, Rev. Sims accepted the call to the ministry of the gospel. In March of 2014 Rev. Sims received his License to Preach at First AME Church of Manassas from the late Presiding Elder Goodwin Douglass under the Pastoral Leadership of the Rev. Ronald A. Boykin. In April of 2017; by recommendation of the Board of Examiners, Rev. Sims was ordained as an Itinerant Deacon at the 67th Session of the Washington Annual Conference by Bishop James L. Davis.
Rev. Sims believes that he was called not to be served, but to serve Gods people. He loves the Word of God, and he loves Gods people one of his favorite scriptures is 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”