Brian Simmons - Head of Passion Translation and Stairway Ministries
The head of the Passion Translation project and the president of Stairway Ministries in Wichita, Kansas, Brian Simmons balances a busy career as a translator and evangelist with a commitment to philanthropic and charitable initiatives. Over a career that has spanned more than three decades, he has helped found nonprofit organization such as Love-A-Lot, an orphanage with locations in Ghana and Colombia. In addition, Brian Simmons assisted in the establishment of a Bible college in India.
Mr. Simmons began his evangelical career after his conversion in 1971. After enrolling in the New Tribes Bible and Linguistic Institute, he and his family traveled to Central America, where he helped spread Christ’s message among the Paya-Kuna people of Panama. After returning from Panama, he founded training centers such as Gateway Christian Fellowship in New England while continuing his translating work and earning a doctorate from the Wagner Leadership Institute.
Currently, Mr. Simmons serves as the president of Passion Translation, an initiative which hopes to produce a modern and dynamic translation of every book in the Bible by 2022.