TRAVIS J. SIMONS, MDIV
As a leader, mentor, minister and scholar, Travis J. Simons brings an array of experience to The Potter’s House of Dallas, where he serves as Director of Christian Education. In this capacity, Simons is responsible for overseeing the curriculum, supervising instructional programs and managing policies and procedures of the Christian Education department. He is also liaison to the Openseminary M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) program, which is affiliated with Eastern University’s Palmer Theological Seminary of Wynnewood, Pa.
Prior to his current position, Simons held several leadership roles under the tutelage of Bishop Joby Brady and Pastor Sheryl Brady of The River Church in Durham, NC. While there, he served as Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor, College & Career Pastor and Outreach Minister. He also provided liturgical, advisory and protocol support for Bishop Joby Brady.
A creative thinker and fourth-generation descendent of clerics stretching across denominational lines, Simons enjoys sharing his knowledge and insight with people from all backgrounds. He has served as minister, adviser and mentor of youth and young adults through chaplaincy and ministerial roles in both church and academic settings. Early in his life, he learned the importance of attaining strong educational and spiritual foundations. He was licensed as a minister in 2002. As part of his call to ministry, he believes that he was purposed to break barriers and build bridges in the areas of race, denomination and education.
A native of Columbia, SC, Simons earned his Master’s of Divinity in 2009 from Duke Divinity School. In 2005, he earned his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Clafin University, Orangeburg, SC, where he graduated cum laude. There, he was named as a Fellow of the Funds for Theological Education.
Simons and his wife Nina are the parents of one daughter Sydney Marie Simons. They reside in North Dallas.