​​Pastor Barriner is in his 28th year of full-time ministry and now in his seventh year as pastor of Simpson.  He is a native Floridian, born and raised in Ocala, Florida and the fourth of nine

children.  Pastor Barriner is the proud father of two sons, Lawrence and Laurentius.  He is a

graduate of Central Florida Community College, now Central Florida College (Associate of Arts

degree), University of West Florida (Bachelor of Arts degree) and Gammon Seminary of the

Interdenominational Theological Center (Master of Divinity degree).

For more than 133 years Simpson has been a vital part of community life in the city of Jacksonville with the central focus of making disciples of Jesus Christ.  Making disciples is the main reason why the Church exist.  The challenges the Church faced in 2011 demanded that the new Pastor hit the ground with far more than a mere modest pace!

As Pastor, I firmly believe that when people's lives are changed by the power of the Holy Spirit, the kingdom of God increases and the community is enriched.

If you are looking for a Church where you can grow in grace, experience vibrant worship and encounter holy fellowship, look no further, Simpson is just such a place.

If you are visiting the website for the first time, I greet you in the marvelous and matchless name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  I am excited about where God is moving Simpson in ministry and yet that movement is deeply challenging.  God is moving us towards a future that is brighter than any we have ever known; ministry that is creative and contemporary, innovative and inspirational, nurturing and nudging.  I invite you to come and join us for worship and see where God is moving us. ​We are following where God is directing as a community of disciples. 


                                We look forward to seeing you soon!



     Simpson Memorial UMC