The ‘Bishop of the Bronx’ moves on
Founder and pastor emeritus of the Bronx Baptist Church and the Wake-Eden Community Baptist Church, the Reverend Dr Samuel G. Simpson, died on Monday, February 23, 2015 at his home in the Bronx, New York, surrounded by family.
Ordained at Evergreen Baptist Church in 1963, Simpson was well known in the Bronx and the West Indian communities throughout the state and beyond. He was fondly referred to as the 'Bishop of the Bronx'. He was a firm believer in serving the total person and had worked tirelessly to demonstrate and promote that concept within his congregations and in the community.
Simpson received his Master of Professional Studies from New York Theological Seminary, was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School; Senior Common Fellow - Regents Park College, Oxford University; and received Honorary Doctorates from Asia Bible College and Martha's Vineyard Theological Seminary.
He was instrumental in starting the Honeywell Baptist Church, Protestant Community Church in the North Bronx, and Grace Baptist Chapel.
Simpson communicated his strong belief in helping people via the media. He authored the book, To Dream the Impossible Dream.
He was a founding member of the Clergy Coalition of the 47th Precinct and served as president for two terms. He served as chairman of the board for the Council of Churches of the City of New York and was twice elected president of the Baptist Convention of New York.
According to the Reverend Frank I. Williams, senior pastor of Wake Eden Community Baptist Church and the Bronx Baptist Church, Simpson will be greatly missed, not only by the church family but also the community as well.
"The Bronx is a better place because of Dr Simpson, and I am a better servant because of Dr Simpson, who was not only my mentor, but my spiritual father as well," said Williams of the man who was known for his faith, vision, and integrity.
"He left a great legacy that can be best understood in his own words, 'God is good, it is good to be good, and it is good to do good'," added Williams.
Simpson is survived by his wife Lola and children Erica, Stephen, and Kim, and five grandchildren.