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Golden Gate prof to lead church mobilization program


SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–Don R. Simmons has resigned from the Christian education faculty at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary to lead a major urban ministry program of the One By One Leadership Foundation based in Fresno, Calif.

Joining the Mill Valley, Calif., seminary faculty in 1995, Simmons also was instrumental in establishing a continuing education program focusing on the development of volunteer leadership in churches and fostering teamwork in organizations and community outreach.

In his new role as one of the One By One Leadership Foundation’s program directors, Simmons will oversee its “City As Parish” program. The program helps churches develop leaders and systems mobilize their members to ministry according to their gifts and callings within the church. It also assists in developing partnerships with nonprofit agencies and government entities to achieve mutual community goals.

“Don is quite excited about his new assignment and the way it lines up with the focus of his life on developing volunteer leaders in churches and local communities,” said Golden Gate President William O. Crews. “Although we deeply regret our loss of his ministry here at Golden Gate, we wish well as he begins this new part of his venture with the Lord and believe God will bless him in that.”

Simmons begins working with the Fresno group in August.

In addition to his teaching duties at Golden Gate, Simmons has traveled extensively as a consultant to numerous businesses, churches and ministry organizations in the area of team-building, organizational development and leadership.

As director of Golden Gate’s continuing education program, he helped established the first national conference organized by a Southern Baptist seminary on ministering to people with HIV/AIDS and other terminal illnesses. Simmons will continue to teach the popular “Leading and Equipping Volunteers” seminar offered annually at the seminary in January.

Prior to serving at Golden Gate, Simmons was director of the Center for Volunteerism and Community Service at Occidental College in Los Angeles. While there, he also taught as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate’s Southern California Campus in Brea. Simmons also started Biola University’s nonprofit management certificate program in Los Angeles. He has for the last several years served as a curriculum consultant and trainer for Leadership Training Network’s Lay Mobilization National Institutes.

His local church experience includes serving as associate pastor of Euclid Street Baptist Church, Anaheim, Calif., and serving as minister of childhood education at First Baptist Church, Garland, Texas. While serving at Golden Gate, Simmons has been a member of First Baptist Church in San Francisco.
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