Bishop Charles A Sims
The Honorable Bishop Charles A. Sims,
Founder & Senior Pastor
Diocesan of the 4th Episcopal District of the P.A.W.,
the Indiana (ABSA) Council
Bishop Sims, the Founder and Senior Pastor of Calvary Community Church, was born and raised near Greencastle, Indiana to James and Viola Sims. One of eighteen children, he later moved to Indianapolis after completing high school. Having been baptized in Jesus name in 1956 in Brazil, Indiana, he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in 1958 in Greencastle. He served under the Pastoral ministry of the Honorable Bishop Morris E. Golder from 1961 - 1975.
A graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. degree in history, he also received with B.Th. and M.Th. Degrees from Indiana Bible College. He received a doctorate in theology from Pentecostal Bible College in 1989, and earned a doctorate in ministry in 1999 from Christian Theological Seminary.
A church planter, Bishop Sims helped to pioneer other ministries in Indiana at Franklin, Jeffersonville, and North Vernon. In addition, he founded New Life Apostolic Church in Seymour, Indiana.
Bishop Sims is also the founder and president of Calvary Mid-west Bible College and Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books including: The Preacher, Changing of the Guard, Minister's Wife, and Towards Effective Pastoral Transitions in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. In addition, he is the author of 20 New Testament workbooks. His latest book is titled, From Grace to Glory - The Life and Ministry of Bishop Morris E. Golder.
A member of the A.B.S.A. Indiana Council since 1958 Bishop Sims has served in various positions including State Youth President and Treasurer. He has also served in numerous capacities within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, including Chairman of International Missions Board from 1998 -2002. He was elevated to the Bishopric in 2002 and was, at that time, assigned as Diocesan over the Cameroon Council, where he served for several years. He then was assigned as the Diocesan of Western Nigerian Council, where he faithfully served and provided leadership until 2012. On July 14th, 2012, Bishop Sims was formally installed as the Diocesan of the 4th Episcopal District of the P.A.W., the Indiana (ABSA) Council. He suceeded our beloved and long time Diocesan, the Honorable James E. Tyson, who passed away a year earlier.
Bishop Sims has been married to Dr. Jane A. Sims for 45 years. They are the proud parents of five children - Rachel, Charles Aaron, Chad (Josann), Christel Rebekah (Toby), and John Mark (Alaya).