bryan_simsAssociate Professor of Leadership and Lay Equipping
Director, Lay Mobilization & Asbury Institutes


  • Team Leadership
  • Lay Mobilization and Missional Emphasis
  • Leadership Integration with Discipleship
  • Organization Leadership
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Leadership and Kenosis


  • B.A., Music Education, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX , 1998
  • M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2003
  • Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, 2009

Bryan has worked since 2001 as a Leadership and Organizational Change Coach with Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI) where he has trained and coached leaders, teams, churches, and organizations over extended periods of time to bring spiritual awakening and missional effectiveness. In his work with SLI, he has worked in several United Methodist Conferences including Northwest Texas, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Alabama-West Florida. In each of these places significant transformation is occurring in leaders, churches, and communities, as well as in the conferences. Bryan has also led groups of business leaders through WorkLife Incubators in which leaders are growing in Christ and learning new ways to integrate their faith and work. His most rewarding work has come through coaching three dying congregations in West Virginia to become a united, new community of faith (SLI ReStart). This new church has discovered the power of team leadership in covenant, lay mobilization, and intentionally effective disciple making and mission.

In addition, Bryan is a co-author on version 2 & 3 of the L3 Leadership Incubator Materials developed in partnership with Discipleship Resourcesand SLI (2008, 2010), along with two audio CD’s: Demonstrate Your Power (1999) and Black and White (1997).

He and his wife MyLinda have been happily married since 1997 and have four children: Isaiah, Luke, Silas, and Lydia.


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