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September 5, 2013

By Julie Payne

Harry Sims

Fairfield Highlands Baptist Church, Midfield
Bessemer Baptist Association

Favorite Verses: John 14:1–6, Hebrews 13:5, Philippians 4:13

Favorite Hymns: “Others” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

Hobbies: Fishing and gardening

Family Status: Widowed after 59 years of marriage to Allen; three children, Sharon, Jackie and Tommy; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

Harry Sims, who celebrated his 90th birthday Aug. 17, serves as minister of outreach, evangelism and education for Fairfield Highlands Baptist Church, Midfield. One of Sims’ primary responsibilities is to visit people in hospitals, homes and nursing homes, a task he said he loves to do. “My prayer every night (is) ‘When I wake up down here I’ll do my best to serve You,’” he said.

Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?

A: I would think my mother, number one. … Then I had … several godly pastors, but one in particular that I would give a great degree of my success to was T.A. Duke. 

Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?

A: I didn’t have much of a choice. The Lord just would not let me go. Primarily I love people. I … worked at U.S. Steel for 40 years and during that time I was bivocational.

Q: What do you get from serving in ministry?

A: I enjoy the valleys and mountains in ministry, and I know God said He’d never leave me or forsake me. … All I want … is to be a blessing to Him and to others.

Q: How do family members support you in this work?

A: Every way that they possibly can. They are completely supportive. My wife was (supportive) and all three children are. I’ve been blessed beyond my imagination.

Q: How do you see yourself involved in this work in the future?

A: Till my last breath. I don’t intend to stop.

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