She enrolled in the Divinity School
at Duke University while writing her doctoral dissertation.
She was licensed to preach on March 20, 2011, by the First Calvary Baptist Church, Durham, N.C., where Pastor Frederick Amos Davis is pastor.
She graduated from Duke Divinity School
on May 13, 2012, with a Master of Divinity degree and a Certificate in Baptist
Studies. She was ordained at First Calvary on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012. Her ordination is endorsed by the American Baptist Churches USA.
She has ministered during youth and women’s conferences, and given motivational speeches in a variety of settings. In 2015, Simmons became one of the featured speakers of the Aim to Inspire Series hosted by the Cjaye Group LLC of Atlanta, Ga.
In November 2014, she released her first devotional book Diggin' For Treasure: Jewels of Hope When Pressure & Time Collide. Within the devotional, Simmons chronicles her experiences as a Gullah woman. She is an ambassador of Gullah-Geechee culture and seeks to preserve the culture through presentations and writing.
In June 2015, she was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of Faith United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., where she served until March 2017.
Simmons is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is an advocate for HIV/AIDS care and prevention. She is the author of The One, a one-woman show that addresses the rise of HIV/AIDS among Black women.
In March 2017, the "Divine Content Producer" performed her first intentional comedy routine at the Palmetto Baptist Church Women's BeachWalk Retreat. She continues to share her preaching, teaching, and comedy in a variety of settings.
Although she has achieved much, Dr. Simmons stands on
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First Baptist Church of Berwyn, IL