Dr. Sims, who is a researcher, professor, administrator and author serves as Academic Dean, Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Chair in Church and Society and Associate Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies at St Paul School of Theology in Overland Park, Kansas. Her fourth book published last month is entitled, Lynched – The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror (2016, ISBN: 9781602582668). Dr. Sims’ areas of expertise include the history and aftermath of lynching as well as womanist theology. Recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship from Baylor University, Dr. Sims gathered data by interviewing African American elders across the nation. This book records their memories of lynching cases and the terror and fear promulgated by these acts, provides an examination of the meaning of those memories and records how such experiences shape the religious self-understanding of individuals and communities.
An ordained Baptist minister of the Gospel, Sims has been a consultant, conference speaker and preacher. She holds membership in several professional and faith based organizations. Dr. Sims served as assistant project director of a three-year project, Squaring the Womanist Circle” directed by Dr. Katie Cannon with whom she also served as co-organizer of a national conference.