By Faye Gaston
Ministers in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church have received their appointments for the 2020-21 term.
Dr. Robbins Sims, a native of Bullock County, will return for a second term to serve as pastor in the Circuit of Comer United Methodist Church, Midway United Methodist Church, and Springhill United Methodist Church.
All three churches are in the Midway area of Bullock County. Sims is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Troy University.
He also studied at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was ordained as an elder in the Alabama-West Florida Conference in 1996. His appointments in the Conference include (1) Senior Pastor of Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church of Montgomery, (2) Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church of Auburn, (3) Pastor of Livingston United Methodist Church and Associate at Fairhope, (4) Senior Pastor of Eufaula United Methodist Church in Eufaula, and (5) Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile.
Bishop Paul L. Leeland announced that Sims had been appointed as the District Superintendent of the Montgomery-Opelika District of the Alabama West Florida Conference effective July 1, 2013.
Sims' wife of 42 years, Nell Faulkner Sims, passed away May 1, 2019, in Mobile, Alabama.
The Service of Death and Resurrection was held at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile on May 4, 2019, with four ministers officiating and Gray Funeral Home of her native Union Springs, directing.
The Service of Committal was held on May 5, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church of Union Springs with two pastors officiating and Gray Funeral Home directing.
Interment was at Mt. Hilliard United Methodist Church near High Ridge in Bullock County.
Robbins and Nell had two children, Will Sims and Anna Sims Barnes, and grandchildren Silas and Juliette Barnes.