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Arlecia “Dr. Lecia” Simmons, Ph.D., M.Div., is an award-winning journalist and author who has taken her storytelling gifts from the pages of newspapers to the pulpit to books and now onto social media.

Simmons earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Winthrop University, where she was also initiated into the Xi Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  

After graduation, she worked as a journalist and public relations specialist before earning a Master of Arts in Journalism degree from the University of South Carolina.  As a journalism educator, she has nurtured and trained students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Claflin University, the University of Iowa, and Paine College.  She is the charter advisor of CUABJ, the Claflin University NABJ Chapter.

In December 2009, Simmons received her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Iowa. Her research explores the intersection of media and religion. She enrolled in the Divinity School at Duke University while writing her doctoral dissertation. 

In May 2012, she earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Duke University Divinity School. Simmons was ordained on May 27, 2012, Pentecost Sunday, by the First Calvary Baptist Church in Durham, N.C. Her ordination is endorsed by the American Baptist Churches USA. She has served as an associate minister, and in June 2015, she became the second pastor of Faith United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C.  

She is an inspirational speaker who has presented to various groups and organizations.

Simmons is the author of Diggin’ For Treasure: Jewels of Hope When Pressure & Time Collide.

As a journalistic writer, she has earned a South Carolina Press Association Award and North Carolina Press Association Award. She has also contributed to Culture, Community, and Educational Success: Reimagining the Invisible Knapsack and The Formula: Game Changing Strategies from Everyday Experts, Vol 2. 

As a marketplace ministry consultant, Dr. Lecia helps ministry leaders reach people where they are. The Charleston, S.C., native is also a Gullah Geechee Ambassador who shares her culture through presentations and her Branducation Tees. 

In light of the challenges presented during the coronavirus pandemic, Simmons developed a Ministry of Joy and Wellness, a digital media promoting health, laughter, and wellness.

Sermonic Moment with the

Rev. Dr. Arlecia Simmons