Bishop Ervin Sims, Jr. saved at age 16, called to preach at age 18, has been Pastor of the Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ since 1980. He envisions Mount Carmel as a Church with God's heart, manifested through Excellence in Ministry to the Membership, the Community and the World. Under his leadership Mount Carmel has grown to be one of the most significant churches in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Bishop Sims founded the Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation (MCRC) in 1994 as a catalyst for change in the inner city of Kansas City, Kansas. MCRC's master plan calls for the construction of 48 single family homes for low to moderate income families (16 have been completed). The plan includes Mt. Carmel Place, a $6.1 million affordable senior housing facility (61 units) which was

completed in 2001 for low to moderate income seniors. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, MCRC built an $8.4 million Community Center, completed in the fall of 2006. Also MCRC manages the Willa Gill Center which provides a free meal to all 365 day a year. MCRC owns and operates 8 transitional housing units and provides a broad range of social service programming.

Bishop Sims’ ministry has a significant missions focus. He has lead mission teams to the Dominican Republic; Bristol, England; Cardiff, Wales and to Ghana and Togo, West Africa. Sims has also traveled to the Philippines and Haiti for the Church of God in Christ. He has held revivals in Accra, Ghana, which birthed the international Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ in 2002. In February 2007, Bishop Sims, was appointed Director of Missions to Ghana and Togo, West Africa by Bishop Carlis L. Moody, Sr., President of the International Missions Department and the General Board of the COGIC. In November 2011, Sims was consecrated to the Bishopric of the Ghana Jurisdiction by Presiding Bishop C. E. Blake, Sr. and the General Board.

Bishop Sims holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas University. He retired as Assistant General Manager of the Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City. He has been married 47 years to First Lady Mary K. Sims, who serves faithfully with him in ministry. He is the devoted father of three children - Lisa Smith (Keith), Ervin Jason Sims (LaSandra) and Angela Sims. Bishop and Mo. Sims are the proud grandparents of Taylor, Ervin Jaylen, Ethan and Jayla Sims; Kasey, Keith Donovan, and Kristian Smith.

Bishop Sims has served on numerous boards both local and national, including the United Way, the KCK Chamber of Commerce, the American Water Work Assoc., and as Board Treasurer of Bread for the World, based in Washington, DC. In November 2013, he was appointed to the Community Development Board of COGIC by Presiding Bishop Blake. Sims has recently been recognized as one of COGIC’s 100 Influential Pastors. He has many secular accomplishments and awards for engineering, management, community development and personal achievement.


Mary K. Sims is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. She is the second oldest daughter of the late Superintendent Moses Cofield and Missionary Hattie Cofield. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Mary has served in ministry with her husband, Bishop Ervin Sims, Jr., at the Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ for the last 37 years. She presided as Director of Music and Media Department and Coordinator of the Membership Training Class.

She is also a Lay Counselor and Supervisor of Women’s Ministries. Mary is a licensed evangelist and touches the lives of many beyond the walls of Mt. Carmel. She serves as keynote speaker for Retreats, Seminars, Revivals, Conventions, and Women’s Day services. She has ministered in Bristol, England; Cardiff, Wales; Ghana and Togo, West Africa, and throughout the United States. One of her greatest joys is saying Yes to God, and traveling to Africa each year with her husband on the missions trip and ministering to the women there. This year will be her 21st trip to Africa. The congregation is blessed as she ministers in song and word every fifth Sunday. Through her leadership, God has birthed the Mount Carmel Women’s Fellowship, “Women of Excellence”, which meets quarterly. As a result there has been unity and spiritual growth among the women.

March 10, 2001, Mary Sims launched an International Women’s Ministry called, “Sarah’s Daughters”. This ministry trains, encourages, empowers, and equips women and girls for ministry. Sarah’s Daughters meets every three months and reaches out to women of all faiths, races, cultures, ages and denomination. In 2003, two additional chapters were established in Ghana. In 2003, Sarah’s Academy International was also birthed in Ghana, West Africa.

On November 11, 2005 Mother Sims was officially installed as a Supervisor by Mother Willie Mae Rivers at the International Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation in Memphis, TN. She served in this capacity in the Kansas East Jurisdiction from 2005-2012. She was appointed in November 2010 to the Department of Women National Executive Board and newly selected as an Administrative Facilitator. In 2015, Mother Sims was recognized as one of COGIC’s 150 influential women. She was recently appointed as Supervisor of Women for Missouri Western #2 Jurisdiction.

Mary is a devoted wife and mother. She and Bishop Sims have been married for forty-seven years. They have three children, Lisa Sims Smith (Keith), Ervin Jason Sims (LaSandra), and Angela Jenelle Sims. They also enjoy their role as grandparents with seven grandchildren, Kasey, Keith Donavon, Kristian, Taylor, Jaylen, Ethan and Jayla.

Mary is a highly anointed and passionate woman of God, whose time has come to declare the unsearchable riches of the kingdom of God. Her greatest goal is to do the will of the Father and make a difference in the kingdom of God.