Rev. Dr. Cordell E. Simpson I was born in Nashville, TN where he received his formal education. After high school he entered the United States Army where he served for four years in the 101 Airborne Division.

          In 1978, the Lord called him to preach the gospel. He has pastored in three states: Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.  The  Rising Star Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL., Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Rome, GA. and Bethel Baptist Church in Alcoa, TN. He has pastored for a total of 26 years. Rev. Dr. Simpson has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Birmingham Baptist Bible College. He has also studied at Beason School of Divinity Birmingham AL. and the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has a Master in Counseling, Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Divinity from the International Bible College and Seminary in Independence, MO. where he made the Dean’s list with a 4.0 grade point average. Dr. Simpson has led six Missionary Journeys to Nigeria Africa where they have carried rice to the widows in the villages and School of the Blind, Clothe the Naked in the Adumawa Mountain of Nigeria. He taught a Pastor’s conference and preached revivals in 16 states of Nigeria Africa. He has led many to except Christ as Lord and Saviour. 

          In August of 1998, Rev. Dr. Simpson entered into the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at UTMC Knoxville Tn. and completed a residence of four units. In August of 2001, Rev. Dr. Simpson retired from the pastoral ministry and was hired as the first Black staff chaplain for the Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute, Hospice Chaplain, and Coordinator for the pastoral care for Black clergy. In 2006, Rev. Dr. Simpson received a call from God to leave UT Medical Center to become the Twelfth Pastor of Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. Dr. Simpson has since become the first African American Staff Chaplain at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He continues to practice evangelism not only in the church, but also in the community. He is also active in the Stones River District Association, a member  of The TBME Convention of Tn. and The National Baptist Convention USA Inc.

           Pastor Simpson  resides in Nashville with his wonderful wife, Cynthia. He is also the proud father of four children; Yolanda, Aleshia (Walter) Cordell II, and Jackquelyn.

Our Pastor firmly believes in training and equipping the Saints for the work of the Ministry. 
He holds the following degrees:
1)      Bachelor of Arts
2)      Masters of Divinity
3)      Doctorate of Divinity (specialization: Pastoral Counseling)
4)      CPE Degree in Pastoral Care
5)      APC Certified

 Pastor Simpson is our Catalyst that seeks to bring a positive change in the lives of God’s people. Our staff offers:
1)      Grief & Bereavement Counseling
2)      Family Counseling
3)      Pre-Marital Counseling
4)      Marital Counseling
5)      Referrals are offered