Betty Jo was born in
Radford, Va. and lived in the Christiansburg - Roanoke area until
age 10. Then she and her family moved to Statesville, N.
C. She graduated from East Carolina University in 1969 with a B. A.
degree in math and art. Betty Jo moved to Richmond in 1970 and
began her career in computers, working on corporate financial
applications. Betty Jo and Jim married in May, 1973, and moved
to Sandston in 1975. They have one son, Dana, who lives at
home with them.
In May, 1981, Betty
Jo and Jim rededicated their lives to Christ during a Lay Witness
Mission at their church. She was later asked to teach Sunday
School and began a nine year term of teaching Senior High Youth.
She moved on to team teach adults with her husband when their son
moved into the Senior High class.
In January of 2000,
Betty Jo responded to God's call to become a Certified Lay Speaker
and began a time of preaching and leading the worship services for
other pastors as they took vacation, attended education
opportunities, etc. God continued to call her to pulpit
ministry and she entered the candidacy program of the United
Methodist Church. In June, 2005, she became a Lay Supply
Pastor, and accepted an appointment to serve Mizpah UMC. In
May, 2006, she completed Licensing School and at the Annual
Conference in June, 2006, she received her certificate as a Licensed
Local Pastor. Betty Jo is currently attending Duke University
Divinity School in the Course of Study certificate program.
Mizpah members have
expressed their pleasure at having Betty Jo Sims as their Pastor.
She loves our church and we in turn extend our LOVE and
THANK YOU to her and her husband Jim who also devotes
much time and energy to Mizpah.