Jeff Simmons first felt a call to ministry at church camp in ninth grade, when he made a commitment to God to follow all his life. “I remember saying, ‘I’ll do whatever you call me to do. Whatever it is, I’m yours.’ Looking back, that was my call to ministry, that was complete surrender.” It’s this ability to surrender to God that has made him who he is today.
Jeff studied finance at Baylor University, and with multiple job offers in the business world, he made the decision to enter full-time ministry. His educational background gives him a unique sense for business and innovation. This, mixed with a passionate heart for missions and reaching God’s people abroad make Simmons the perfect fit for his role as Founder and Lead Pastor of Rolling Hills Community Church and also, his other full-time job as the President of Justice & Mercy International.
As a pastor, nonprofit director, father and husband, the “How do you do it?” question certainly applies to Jeff Simmons. In reply, he points to Ephesians 4: “He gave the apostles and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. Our job isn’t to do everything. It is to prepare God’s people for works of service.” Considering the fruit of his labor, the growth of the church, and the work that JMI has accomplished, it’s clear Jeff is surrounded by amazing people, and he serves an awesome God!
Rolling Hills Community Church is a young, growing, dynamic faith community in Franklin, Tennessee. The church was founded in 2003 by Jeff, his wife, Lisa, and a small core team. From their first bible study on Thursday nights in an apartment clubhouse with 15 people, the church has grown exponentially. Today, through the miracles of God, the church owns a 143,000 square foot building on 40 acres of land just South of downtown Franklin. God has brought many people who lives are being transformed by Christ and together making a difference for His glory. They also have a second campus in South Nashville to serve the surrounding community there. Through inspired worship, genuine community and passionate ministry, God is growing disciples of Jesus and raising up future leaders for His glory. In 2008 RHCC started a nonprofit, Justice and Mercy International, in order to do greater mission work in countries like Moldova, Brazil and South Africa. Today, JMI is impacting hundreds of poor, forgotten and orphaned people around the world. Jeff serves with an amazing staff team, passionate volunteers and truly believes this is the best place in the world to grow in Christ and to further His Kingdom!
JUSTICE & MERCY INTERNATIONAL
Justice & Mercy International (JMI) is a faith-based, non-profit organization that exists to make justice personal for the poor, the orphaned and the forgotten of the world. The children and families in Moldova, Brazil and South Africa being served by JMI are incredibly vulnerable, impoverished and powerless. They contend daily with threats of human traffickers, substandard education, hunger, and treacherous living conditions. JMI staff, sponsors, and volunteers work together to offer hope and help to the most vulnerable. Through volunteer mission trips and sponsorship programs they invest in the long-term well-being of defenseless children and demonstrate the love of Jesus through every action. Jeff serves as the President of JMI alongside Executive Director, Mary Katharine Hunt and Founding Director, Steve Davis as well as an incredible team of staff and volunteers.