BIRMINGHAM METRO ASSOCIATION
Jacob Simmons, who currently serves as minister to single adults and pastoral care at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills, will become pastor of the newly named Hope Community Church, formerly McElwain Baptist Church, Birmingham, on Nov. 1.
The McElwain congregation found a new partner and a fresh vision when nearby church Shades Mountain Baptist adopted it in recent weeks. Now that fresh vision includes a new pastor and a new name, too.
Shades Mountain pastor Danny Wood said the name fits because from the beginning of the adoption process, their talks with the vision team at McElwain “have had a tone of determined hopefulness.”
“The church continues to have a strong desire to make an impact on the east side of Birmingham with the good news of the gospel,” he said. “This new name is a natural choice in light of the journey that brought us here and the vision we all share for the future.”
Before serving for the past five years at Shades Mountain, Simmons attended church there while he was in college and seminary. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two children.
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