Benjamin "Ben" F. Simmons, Jr. was born and raised in Queens, NY and is a proud native New Yorker. After graduation from the High School of Art & Design, New York, NY, he enlisted in the US Air Force. His specialty field was Bio Environmental Engineering. He served for 7 years. In March 1983, shortly after arriving a Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in March 1983. In 1985 at the age of 21, he accepted the call of the Lord into ministry.
A powerful visionary, evangelist, navigational prophet, author, and educated professional, Ben, authored, published and distributed his first book in December 2000, entitled, Ministering to your Minister. The book explores the issues and complications of ministry and marriage. He is currently working on his second book, Understanding, Respecting and Supplying Emotional and Sexual Need. With his God-given, ever flowing creativity, Ben also designs training materials for seminars and workshops, such as cultural diversity, effective communication, marriage and evangelism.
In June 2007, Ben and his wife, Joy, established World Impact Ministries, Inc. which focused on evangelism and training. On September 6, 2007, the first television broadcast, “Impacting Your World with Ben & Joy” aired on the ION Network. The weekly television broadcast teaches fundamental truths while providing practical steps to implement those truths. During the latter part of 2010, Ben and Joy began holding Thursday night bible study in their home and in April 2011, they began holding Sunday Morning Worship Service in their home. As the Lord added to the church, World Impact Ministries started having Sunday Service at Spring Lake Middle School and Thursday Night Bible Study in the Liberty Tax conference room. The Lord continued to add to the church daily, as Ben and his wife have dedicated themselves to “impacting people to impact the world”.
Ben is also a consummate professional. He provides strategic oversight and vision for BGS Enterprises, Inc., which operates a Liberty Tax franchise, a company owned by Ben and his wife, Joy. He believes completely in the ruling saint and does not agree with being the head in church and the tail in the world. Ben emphatically believes that we were put on the earth to rule it spiritually, socially, politically and economically. He believes in being qualified, pressing your way into your dream, and never giving up!
Over the course of the last several years, while working full-time and in ministry, Ben has been focusing on academic excellence. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and Biology from Campbell University (2004) and a Masters of Public Health degree from Walden University (2008). He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology at Walden University.
Ben is an artist and enjoys all kinds of artistic expression (Impressionism, Expressionism, and Surrealism), poetry (William Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe), science fiction, suspense, comedy, and travel. He is the proud father of two wonderful children, BJ and Brittani. Finally, his life is made complete and his male soul is entirely fulfilled by the union with the love of his life, his wonderful wife, Garistine “Joy” Simmons.