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Bobby Ray Simmons is the seventh child of Joseph and Josephine Simmons, born in 1957 in Westfield, North Carolina. After finishing North Stokes High School (Danbury, N.C.), where he was a three sports athlete: Football, Basketball, and Track and Field; he matriculated into post-secondary education, and is an alumnus of three renown colleges: AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology (Surry Community – Dobson, N.C.); BS in Mass Communications (Winston-Salem State University – Winston-Salem N.C.); Master of Divinity in Philosophical Theology (ITC – Atlanta, GA.), and pursues the PhD degree in Systematic Theology (Emory – Atlanta, GA).
He is celebrating his 32nd year in the ordained Christian Ministry, and pastors Holy Union Christian Church in Atlanta. He has authored many theological articles, Biblical critiques, and books, including, Five Steps toward Salvation: A Guide to Christianity; Daughters of the Light; and Lawson Tillman of Brown Mountain.
Bobby has given theatrical and screen production rights of Lawson Tillman to his daughter: Arielle Simmons, who is directing the play scheduled for July 16-18 2010, at 7 Stages in Midtown Atlanta.
His hobbies are residential construction and remodeling. He is a student of the languages: Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, Latin, Arabic, and German. Bobby’s honors and awards include the following: Valedictorian 1993 ITC, International Society of Scholars (Theta Phi); Benjamin E. Mays scholar; Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges 1992.
He is married to the former Karen Hill of Atlanta, Georgia and they have four children: Victoria, Jamaal, Bobby, Jr., and Arielle. His favorite motto is “One in Christ”.