Pastor Walter Simmons
Pastor Walter Simmons, is the founder and Senior Pastor of Empowerment Community Church, a multiracial fellowship in Franklin, Tennessee. Since 2013, Pastor Walter has led Empowerment Community Church (ECC) in a vision of making Disciples of Jesus Christ, and a mission to serve Christ, Community, and the Church, while showing 3 important tenants of Jesus, being, love inviting, life-giving, and liberating seeking, which are the evangelistic tools of ECC. As a Speaker, he helps many other groups and religious institutions work through issues of race, inclusion, diversity, and cultural sensitivity. Pastor Walter teaches a “social hermeneutic” in his teachings on podcasts, sermons, workshops, and mentoring programs with youths. His main gift is the “Countercultural Criticism of Christianity”, which ask people to critically engage sacred text and current events to help develop the wise application of complex issues in the world today.
Pastor Walter is a native of Pensacola, Florida, fifth-generation Pastor of his Paternal family, and fourth-generation on his Maternal side. As a veteran of the United States Army, he was won many commendations for his service as a leader. After serving in the Army, he led fortune 500 companies as a Manager including, Results Through Motivation (Arby’s), McDonald’s Corporation, and Yum Brands, while in many Hospitality Leadership roles. As a leader, he has written different programs of operations of success for companies and taught them also to other businesses who have sought out his leadership and gifts. Pastor Walter is the founder of the Franklin Justice and Equity Coalition (FJEC), a multi-ethnic, multi-denominational, multi-gender organization seeking to include diversity and equitable practices in the city of Franklin. Pastor Walter is currently working on his first book, “From the Eyes of the Slaves,” an African American Theological Perspective that should release in 2021.
After attending American Baptist College where he studied the Bible and Theology, Pastor Walter studied Psychology for his Masters.
Pastor Walter and his beautiful wife Jessica live in Franklin, Tennessee, and they have one son: Elijah
Who is Pastor Walter??
Hometown: Pensacola, Fl
What I like to do?: spend time with my wife, watch the Cosby Show, play golf
Favorite artist(s) or music group(s): Kirk Franklin, Jay Z, Outkast
Most fulfillment of ministry moments: When people began to engage life as followers of Jesus Christ.
Life verse: Luke 4:18-19-“the spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”