By Journal Staff Writer
“Pastor Venson Simpson, I charge you and your wife, First Lady Demetria Simpson, with the duty of leading the members of Shiloh Baptist Church…,” Pastor Anthony Johnson, of Piney Grove Baptist church, in Piney Grove, Mississippi, said to the two, in front of the congregation of Shiloh Baptist Church, 1203 Girard St., and their guests, on Sunday, December 12.
Pastor Johnson, who’s also the friend to Pastor Simpson, would issue the charge, to the members of Shiloh Baptist Church, that they help their Pastor.
“This is a holy union,” Pastor Johnson said to those present.
Also in attendance at the Installation Service were the members of St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church, and the members of Second Baptist Church in Monclova, Ohio.
Over six months, the members of Shiloh Baptist Church had searched for a Pastor, Sherry Cunningham, church secretary, told The Toledo Journal.
She said the Pastor’s Search Committee had sent letters to other churches regarding them needing a Pastor.
Nine candidates, dwindled down to five, then the few remaining ones would preach in front of the congregation of Shiloh Baptist Church. When the dust cleared, Pastor Venson Simpson, formally from St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church, was selected.
“I feel really good, and honored today,” Pastor Simpson said. “A man of God and the people of God have a way of connecting,” he said.
But what many people didn’t know, until revealed by First Lady Simpson was, her and her husband almost returned to Mississippi.
“Just before my daddy died, he advised us not to leave Toledo,” she said. “You have a purpose and a destiny in Toledo,” First Lady Simpson said were her father’s words.
At the end of the service, parishioners, as well as Pastors said brief words about Pastor Simpson. One of the stories conveyed spoke about Pastor’s Simpson’s humility. It was relayed that at a previous function, Pastor Simpson wasn’t sitting with the other Pastors, but instead, was serving the guests at the function.