About Les Simmons
For the past twenty years, Les Simmons has been a grass roots community leader, advocate and pastor who has been on the front lines of the battle for equality, justice and inclusion. He is committed to ensuring that the South Sacramento community benefits from the economic renaissance currently underway in Sacramento, and that all residents are offered the City services and opportunities they deserve.
Les Simmons currently serves as Senior Pastor at the South Sacramento Christian Center (SSCC). In addition to being a faith home for many, SSCC has established itself as an organization committed to the well-being and healthy development of all South Sacramento residents, especially our youth.
Under Les’ leadership, SSCC has served as the hub for efforts to improve the community. At SSCC, Les has worked tirelessly in spearheading programs to reduce child mortality, prevent gang violence, provide our youth with educational, recreational, mentorship and employment programs, parenting classes, and events such as family fun nights and skate nights through the Simmons Community Center (formerly Cal Skate and named in honor of his parents). The Simmons Community Center, founded in 2016 and named for Les’ parents, serves more than 1,000 youth and adults every month and reflects the full racial and ethnic diversity of South Sacramento.
Les is also a well-respected leader in the fight for racial, social and economic justice in Sacramento, throughout California and nationally. He is a former board member for Sacramento ACT, a multi-racial and multi-faith organization advocating for the transformation of Sacramento based on shared values of justice and equity. He currently serves on the board for the Mack Road Partnership.
Les grew up in South Sacramento, graduated from Valley High School and returned home after college. Les and Katrina Simmons (also a native of Valley Hi) have been married for 18 years and have three children, Lesley, Jr., 17, Ania, 14, and Cadence, 10.