Vanessa A. Sims has been in servant ministry for over 35 years. She currently serves an ordained minister with the Association of International Gospel Assemblies. Serving alongside her husband in pastoral ministry for over 25 years provided her teaching, preaching, and evangelistic opportunities. She quickly learned that by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and guide her that she too could share the good news of God's unlimited amazing grace, love, and power.
Vanessa inspires others by sharing her unique story of God's amazing grace and unwavering love. During her faith journey, Vanessa earned a Master of Theological Studies, a Certificate of Pastoral Care from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and a Certificate of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, a Bachelor of Science from Tarleton State University and an Associates of Arts from Weatherford College.
She received the 2022 Community Service Award from the Texas Association of Women's and Youth Clubs, served as a Moderator at the 2022 Dallas Literary Festival, selected as one of Denton 2022 Juneteenth Hometown Heroes, was a 2021 Service to Mankind Honoree recipient, and participated in SMU's Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence - What's A Preacher to Do During This Pandemic of Racism series.
Vanessa credits her study of "Practical Theology" at the University of Cambridge, Wesley House, Cambridge, England, for her simple and practical approach to servant ministry, community service, and career. Vanessa uses her combined experience as an Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor, Probation Officer, Drug Court Program Coordinator, Economic Development Director, and community servant to help transform lives. Vanessa also served as a consultant for the Tarrant County Juvenile Drug Court, the Tarrant County Domestic Violence Court and Tour Coordinator for the First Lady of the Republic of Liberia.
Vanessa's passion for helping others led her to organize community forums, programs, and training programs such as "HIV/AIDS - The Silent Killer in African American Families, Reading Revolution, Life Skills for Daily Living, Christians Uniting to Heal Our City, and Leadership-Building From the Past by Envisioning a Better Future.
One of her favorite biblical text is "Nothing can separate you from the love of God." (Romans 8:39) With this text in mind, Vanessa uses her spiritual gifts to encourage, inspire, teach, and uplift others. She also enjoys advocating for others, reading, writing poetry, fashion, home decorating, event planning, and gardening, Her book, "Thoughts From The Depths of My Heart" is available at Amazon.com.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Vanessa wrote and recorded her song entitled, "Don't Take My Breath Away." Her husband, Rev. Anthony Sims is the featured vocalist.
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