Bishop Ervin Sims, Jr., was saved at age 16, called to preach at age 18, and has been pastor of Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ since 1980. Under his leadership, church membership has grown to be one of the most significant congregations in the greater Kansas City area.

In 1994, Pastor Sims accused his church membership of being a drive by church. Saying they were driving by the slum and blight in the inner city to come for service and then driving back out again to their air-conditioned homes. He advocated for the neighborhood exclaiming, “We’ve got to do something about it.” From that powerful message, the membership commissioned him to form Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation (MCRC), and become the catalyst for change in the inner city of Kansas City, Kansas. Pastor Sims, former Executive Director of MCRC, led the organization in a multi-million dollar expansion program. Mt. Carmel’s master plan outlined construction of 48 single family homes for low to moderate income families (16 have been completed); and a $6.2 million senior citizen apartment complex (61 units) which was completed in 2001. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, MCRC built the $8.6 million Breidenthal Community Center, completed in the fall of 2006.

Bishop Sims’ ministry reaches beyond the United States. His church took mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Bristol, England, Ghana and Togo, West Africa, and Cape Town, South Africa. February 2007, Pastor Sims was appointed Director of Missions to the countries of Ghana and Togo, West Africa by Bishop Carlis L. Moody, Sr., International President of Missions and the General Board of the Church of God in Christ, Memphis, TN. It is estimated that 100+ churches make up the jurisdiction of churches in these two countries. His responsibilities include coordinating the operation of the jurisdiction, overseeing existing departments, and establishing new departments when necessary. He has taken one to two trips a year as Director of Missions to Ghana and Togo. A new international Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ was birthed in Accra, of Ghana in 2002 as a result of his ministry.

Bishop Sims holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas. He has been married forty-five years to Mary Kathryn Sims, his lifetime sweetheart, who serves faithfully with him in ministry. He is the devoted father of three children - Lisa Smith (Keith), Ervin Jason Sims (LaSandra), and Angela Jenelle Sims. Bishop and Mrs. Sims are proud grandparents of: Taylor, Jaylen, Ethan, and Jayla Sims, and Kasey, Donnie and Kristian Smith.

While in Kansas East Jurisdiction, Bishop Ervin Sims, Jr. served as Superintendent of Kansas City District from 2003 until February 2012. He was appointed Administrative Assistant for Congregational Development in Kansas East, in 2008. Bishop Sims is an exceptional preacher, teacher, and facilitator. He is regularly sought out to teach workshops at local and national conventions. He has achieved several secular accomplishments and awards for engineering management, community development, and personal achievement.

In April 2011, the General Board of the National Church of God in Christ recognized his years of faithful of service and dedication providing leadership to the countries of Ghana and Togo, West Africa, and elevated him to the office of the Bishopric. He was consecrated during the 2011 International Holy Convocation held in St. Louis, Missouri to the office of the Jurisdictional Bishop for Ghana, West Africa. Bishop Sims looks forward to developing a model for International Ministry. The Mt Carmel Church of God In Christ, Inc. was transferred to the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Republic of Ghana on August 1, 2012. “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!”


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 33 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 Mount 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 11th 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 once a month. 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 June 26, 2005 Mary was elevated to the position of Supervisor of Women for the Kansas East Jurisdiction COGIC. She was officially installed on November 11, 2005 by Mother Willie Mae Rivers at the International Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation in Memphis, TN. She served in this capacity with excellence from 2005-2012. She also serves on the International Women’s Department Special Convention Assistance Committee and was appointed in November 2010 to the Department of Women National Executive Board.
Mary is a devoted wife and mother. She and Bishop Sims have been married for forty-five years. They have three children, Lisa Sims Smith (Keith), Ervin Jason (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.