Ephesians 4:12 provides a simple yet compelling vision for the Thomas Jefferson Simmons Institute: "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ." Every participant of the TJS Institute will not only gain information but transformation, as each class facilitates spiritual maturity and empowers students to operate in their unique gifting.
The Thomas Jefferson Simmons Equipping Institute honors the ministry of Zion's first Associate Pastor, Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Simmons.
“His dedication to spending dedicated time with God in prayer and worship and in the Word is still a standard that I strive to attain.” -- Pastor Keith Battle
Pastor Jeff's appetite for Christ-centered biblical study, leadership, theology, preaching, and teaching are central to the heart of the TJS Institute.
“If we’re going to reach this generation of spiritually hungry and cynical and jaded people through the church, we need to create a safe culture within the church.” -- Pastor Jeff Simmons