After his heart-bypass operation, he decides to leave the ministry and even stop attending church.He renews his faith and returns to church in time to marry Kevin and Lucy (near the end of season 7).
During the pilot episode, Simon's most fervent wish is for a dog.
He had three heart problems from season 4, 7 and 11th season and survived.
Annie Camden (née Jackson) (played by Catherine Hicks) is the wife of Eric and mother of Matt, Mary, Lucy, Simon, Ruthie, Sam, and David.
When asked to say grace before the family had dinner, he even includes a dog request in his prayer.
Although his parents do not think he is mature enough for the responsibility of a pet, Annie goes to the pound "just to look" and falls in love with a dog who was scheduled to be euthanized.
During one episode, Annie leaves the church after her father brings Ginger to service. Annie accepts Ginger slowly and Ginger and her father wed.