Pastor Cedric Simmons & First Lady Lisa Simmons
The future of Bethesda church is promising and has great potential. Not only is there room for membership, we’re also teaching our children the benefit and blessing of salvation. Our teachers and mentors are investing in our children, to make future disciples of the Lord.
The congregation is being taught the importance of giving back to the Lord and giving back to the community. Our members are learning how to experience the power of God, through prayer, worship, bible study and faith. The teachings are empowering the believer, to grow, envision, encourage others and love, as God loves.
All who attend or visit Bethesda are welcomed to partake in the services. Whether we laugh, cry, dance or shout, it’s all done to the glory of God.
Throughout the years and many obstacles, Bethesda has managed to survive, overcome, and triumph in the face of adversity.
All of these blessings are possible because Bethesda dared to believe that God would do exceeding, abundantly, above and beyond our expectations.
Bethesda is located in an area that was once written off and deemed hopeless, because of drugs, gangs and crime. Now this same area, is a place where men, women, children and families can come and learn to live with a renewed hope. Ask the hundreds of people that have come and gone over the years. Many will tell you, that in their darkest hours, God led them to a place, where they could find rest, healing and strength. This is a place to come and learn about The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. This place is Bethesda Church Of God In Christ.
Dr. Cedric R. Simmons joined Bethesda Church of God in Christ on July 27, 1990, after receiving salvation during Bethesda's summer revival. He humbly and quickly began his ministry in several offices.
• November 1990, installed as a Minister
• August 1993, ordained as an Elder
• March 2003, appointed as the Asst. Pastor
On Christmas 1995, he married his longtime friend and sweetheart, Dr. Lisa Ousley Simmons, his first and only true love. They have produced two beautiful children, Noah and Salome. He studied and received his Master of Divinity degree in December 2009 and his Doctor of Divinity degree in December 2010.
He had loyally and faithfully assisted Pastor James Marks with whatever tasks he was capable of doing. After Pastor James Marks retired as pastor on June 11, 2017, he was installed as Pastor Cedric R. Simmons of Bethesda COGIC, Elgin, Illinois.
Hallelujah Night - Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 6:00-8:00 PM
The Salt and Light that is changing our world.
Elder James Marks, Emiterus Pastor
Elder Marvin Causey
Minister Michael Causey
Evangelist Lisa Simmons
Evangelist Debra Briggs
Evangelist Aretta Chambers
Evangelist Jackie Dussard
Evangelist Beverly Ivy
Evangelist Shirley Marks
Evangelist Alfreda Sowers
Evangelist Helen McCarthy
Missionary Linda Dorsey Tillman
Missionary Latisha Jenkins
Weekly Schedule & Services
Sunday School 9:00 AM
New Member's Class 9:00 AM
Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Praizettes (Girl Dancers) Practice 5:00 PM
Mass Choir Rehearsal 6:00 PM
Prayer 9:30 AM
Morning Bible Study 11:00 AM
Evening Bible Study 7:00 PM
Youth Bible Study 7:00 PM
Youth Drill Team Practice (TBA) 5:00 PM
Women Pool of Bethesda (2nd Thurs) 7:00 PM
Men Pool of Bethesda (3rd Thurs) 7:00 PM
Teen Dancing Angels Practice 6:30 PM
"I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord." (Psalm 122:1)
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454 Hickory Place, Elgin, IL 60120
9:00 am – 5:00 pm