Welcome to Bethesda COGIC

"Where Healing Begins

and Mercy Overflows"

About Us

Our Pastor & First Lady


Pastor Cedric Simmons & First Lady Lisa Simmons

Our Faith


Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written Word of God.

We believe that there is One God, eternally existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is in Christ, at His return.

We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious Blood of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation.

We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer.

We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it(Him).

We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling a Christian is enabled to live a holy and separated life in the present world. Amen

Our History


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.

As Bethesda church continues to let its light shine, all will know that they are welcomed here. Those in need of hope, prayer or words of encouragement, can come to Bethesda and experience the presence of the Lord.  In God's presence, we are encouraged and motivated.  In God’s presence, we are healed and our minds renewed. 

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. 

Bethesda church is truly a place where you can find rest for your soul. 

What a privilege in this day and time to find a church, still willing to allow God’s spirit to flow freely! 

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.

To God be the glory for the vision he has given our Pastor and our joy, as we watch it come to pass. To God be the glory, as he adds to the church daily, continues to bless our congregation, by empowering the believers and giving them hope for tomorrow. 

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.

Pastor Cedric R. Simmons



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 (a partial listing):

  •  Sunday School Youth Teacher

  •  ‎Youth Dept Helper and Leader

  •  ‎Bookkeeping Helper

  •  ‎Computer Maintainer

  •  ‎Adult Choir

  •  ‎Men Chorus

  •  ‎Deacon Board 

  •  ‎Men Dept

  •  ‎Wed. Youth Bible Study Teacher

  •  ‎Youth Dept Vice President

  •  ‎Audio Ministry

  •  ‎Children Tutor / Mentor

  •  ‎Bethesda School of Ministry (Asst. Dean, Teacher, and later the Dean)

  •  ‎Bethesda YPWW President

  •  ‎Friendship District YPWW President

  •  ‎Youth Pastor (Sunday Youth Church)

  •  ‎President of the Youth Dept

  •  ‎Trustees Board

  •  ‎Wed. Night Adult Bible Study Teacher

  •  ‎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.

Upcoming events

New member's class, Sunday 9:00 AM

Theme for 2018

The Salt and Light that is changing our world.

Matthew 5:13-16

Ministeral Staff



Elder James Marks, Emiterus

Elder Marvin Causey

Minister Michael Causey


Evangelist Lisa Simmons

Evangelist Debra Briggs

Evangelist Aretta Chambers

Evangelist Beverly Ivy

Evangelist Merle Davis

Evangelist Jackie Dussard

Evangelist Shirley Marks


Evangelist Alfreda Sowers

Evangelist Helen McCarthy

Missionary Linda Dorsey Tillman

Missionary Latisha Jenkins



Weekly Schedule

"I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord." (Psalm 122:1)


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