About Our Church

Our Story

In 1980, Word of Life was founded by Pastors Ronnie and Paige Sims after attending RHEMA Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After several location changes, we built and moved into an expansive 42,000 square foot building on Highway 18 West in Jackson, Mississippi in 1991.

In the late nineties, the right place to fulfill the vision of reaching the nations was found. With the Lord’s help and direction, a 65-acre tract of prime real estate located on Highway 25 in Flowood, Mississippi, was provided. In April 2001 just at the beginning of construction, Pastor Ronnie Sims unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord. The new land and parking lot stood vacant for 10 years on Lakeland Drive, but the vision continued.

Where are we now?

Now the vision is being carried out by his son, Pastor Joel Sims, his wife, Peppi. Our central campus, Word of Life Lakeland, opened on April 17, 2011 in Flowood, Mississippi.

Part of our mission includes strategically spreading throughout the Jackson Metro area. Today, Word of Life is one church with five campuses – Lakeland, Highland Colony, Fondren, Poindexter and our Online campus.