Donald C. Simmons Jr. is an internationally recognized author, professor, chaplain, and pastor. He serves as director of pastoral care for the largest rural healthcare system in America. Simmons is a member of the graduate faculty of Political Science and Critical and Creative Thinking at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He was the founding dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University. He also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs for Regional Christian University in Texas.
He is the editor of and author of Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians (InterVarsity Press), which is published in Asia by OM Books. He was the producer of the public television documentary Hungry for Green: Feeding the World Sustainably, which premiered at Harvard University Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment in 2009 and aired nationally. He served on the board of editors for the Journal of White House Studies from 2004-2011.
He attended Sioux Falls Seminary, holds a certificate of ministry from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, and a PhD in history and international studies from Denver University. Simmons is currently working on the final project for a doctorate of ministry in pastoral care from Houston Graduate School of Theology. His clinical pastoral education (CPE) was completed through Community Care Chaplains of Phoenix, AZ and accredited through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) in New York. He has also completed CME at Harvard Medical School.