Meet your Executive Board
Rev. Dr. James Simmons
On behalf of the NAACP Coatesville Area Branch 2257, I welcome you to our 56th Freedom Fund Banquet and I thank you for sharing your evening with us. Rev. Dr. James Simmons is a native of Silverdale, North Carolina and a 40+
years resident of the Coatesville community. He is and has been for several years a life member of the NAACP. He is personally committed to the mission of the NAACP which is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. He is the son of a sharecropper and due to this humble beginning, he has learned the benefit of perseverance, education, and hard work. These attributes have allowed him to advance in his military career and retire after 27 years of service as a Lt. Comel; be employed at the VA Medical Center for over 34 years and retire as a journeyman level clinical social worker and to serve for 12 years as the fulltime Pastor of Mt Tabor AME Zion Church, Avondale PA. He believes when preparation connects with opportunity and the grace of God, all things are possible.
Dr. Simmons is a 1967 graduate of Onslow County Public High School. He believes public education affords all equal access to a quality education. He graduated in 1971 from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science and taught History in the Onslow County Public Schools. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated in 1974 with a Masters in Social Work and was subsequently employed at the VA Medical Center, Coatesville, PA. While an active member of the US Army Reserve, he attended the Academy of Health Science and graduated in 1986 with a Master'sDegree in Health Science Administration. Responding to a higher calling inministry, he attended Lutheran Theological Seminary and earned a Master in Divinity in 1998 and a Doctorate in Ministry from Covington Theological Seminary in 2002.
Rev. Dr. E. Lauraine Acey
1st Vice president