Pastor Robert Simpson Jr. and his sister Cathy were reared by two loving parents, Robert and Jewel Simpson. He was born in Galveston, Texas and at the age of six months, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. In 1977, he and his family relocated to Missouri City, Texas. Pastor Simpson graduated from Willowridge High School in 1981 and continued his education at Prairie View A&M University where he studied Business Marketing and pledged Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
He accepted his calling to the Gospel Ministry in 1997 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Under the leadership and guidance of Pastor Leroy Houston, he served as an Associate Minister for five years. While there, Pastor Simpson attended the College of Biblical Studies. It was there he learned the Principals of Teaching, Expository Preaching, and Biblical Methodology.
In 2002, he and his family moved to Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church where he served faithfully as an associate minister for two years. In 2004, Pastor Simpson began his first year as Pastor of Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church.
Since his tenure began, the attendance at Sunday morning worship services has increased from 48 to nearly 500 attendees and Bible Study has increased from 25 bi-weekly attendees to 150 weekly attendees. During this time, Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church has completed multiple physical building projects. In addition, Pastor Simpson has developed new spiritual programs including Strong Men for Christ, Young Men for Christ, Young Women for Christ, and a Pee-Wee Bible Study.
Pastor Simpson's leadership is creative and innovative. His sermons and thought provoking Bible studies create a yearning for more of the Word of God. In his quest to continually educate the members, he has invited other noted Biblical scholars to address the congregation. Some of these speakers include J. R. Miller, F.D. Sampson, D.Z Cofield, Dr. Ralph Douglas West, and Pastor Walter August.
Senior Pastor Robert Simpson, Jr. is an awesome man of God and you are invited to share the experience of his message. Please join us!
The First Lady:
Chevele Houston Simpson was born in East Chicago, Indiana. Her father was in the United States military which provided the family with the opportunity to travel around the country and to meet and experience many different people. In 1983, her family settled in Missouri City, Texas where she graduated from Willowridge High School.
She briefly met Robert Simpson, Jr. in Houston in 1983. Then later that same year, to their surprise, they both enrolled at Prairie View A&M University. On August 17, 1985, they married and began a wonderful journey together which included the birth of Robert III, Morgan and Lauren.
In 1997, when Pastor Simpson was Associate Minister at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Booth, Texas, Mrs. Simpson recognized that working with youth can often help them avoid many problems they may encounter later in life and she used this special gift to work with church youth.
Pastor Robert Simpson, Jr. became the Senior Pastor and Mrs. Chevele Simpson became the First Lady of Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church in 2004. She worked with the youth teaching Bible study to the Pee-Wee and Young Men and Women for Christ groups until permanent instructors were identified. She soon realized another spiritual gift of understanding people and their many personal struggles. She formed Ladies in Fellowship Together (LIFT) as a ministry that provides opportunities for women to grow spiritually and to build a close, intimate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The activities of LIFT include collecting blankets for homeless people; buying school supplies for needy children; providing Thanksgiving dinner for the Fort Bend County Women's Center; and raising money for student scholarships. The First Lady also uses her gift of empathy to assist Pastor Simpson with pre-marital and marital counseling and visiting sick and shut-in church members.
As a wife, she continually encourages and supports her husband. As a mother, she teaches her children to strengthen their love for Christ and for the family. As a Christian, the First Lady ensures that her life’s passions are aligned with the furtherance of the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.