Lincoln has an undergraduate degree in Pre-Law from Pensacola Christian College in FL and a graduate degree in Non-profit Organization Law from Trinity Law School in LA. Prior to becoming a full-time missionary with CBM, he owned his own retail business for 10 years. Lincoln’s Mom came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior through CBM Bible Clubs in Alachua County, FL, and as a result, sent her children to CBM of FL at Camp Gilead’s summer camps, through which Lincoln was saved and committed his life to full-time missions as a middle-schooler.
Lincoln was involved in CBM of FL for many years, first as a camper, then as a counselor, TEAM Leader, Board member and Chairman of the Ministry Committee, Program Manager, Bible Clubs Director, Business Director, Operations Director, and Outreach Director. His experience prepared him well to assume the role of National Director for CBM. Lincoln is currently pursuing his Master of Legal Studies (with an emphasis in religion non-profits) degree from Trinity Law School.
Jamie has an undergraduate degree in Human Services from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Prior to becoming a full-time missionary with CBM, she was a Business Manager, Territory Sales Coordinator, and Conference and Events Coordinator. The Lord led Jamie to be a counselor with CBM of FL at Camp Gilead in summer 1999, where she and Lincoln first met. They were married in February 2000, and subsequently served there together as TEAM Leaders for several summers, prior to venturing out into the business world for 10 years.
In 2010, the Lord used the funeral of Ms. Edith Hulslander, one of CBM’s matriarchs, to enable the Simmons to realize their immediate calling into full-time ministry with CBM of FL at Camp Gilead. They served there together full-time from 2011-2013, Lincoln in the above-mentioned Directorial positions, and Jamie as the Registrar and Director of Development, including Media and Group Ministries.
In fall 2013, CBM’s Board and Cabinet both unanimously voted to appoint Lincoln as the National Director for CBM and Jamie as the National Director for CBM’s Ministry Development, both positions which rely on faith-based financial support. In January 2014, they moved from FL to TN to assume their new roles.
The Simmons’ vision for CBM is that of growth – God’s way and in His timing. They desire to see the ministries of CBM expand into every U.S. state and overseas.
CBM’s Board President, Reverend Greg Kain, states “There are so many voices calling out to the children of this age. We need a leader that knows the time is short and that the only thing that is able to save their souls is the Gospel! I believe both Lincoln and Jamie come with a great level of enthusiasm for the CBM ministry as well as ministering to the needs of others.”
The Simmons have been married 19 years. Lincoln is originally from Waldo, FL and Jamie is originally from Union, MO.