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Rev. Dr. Constance Simon

Rev. Dr. Constance Simon has served in ministry most of her life.   Rev. Dr. Simon holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed in Supervision and Curriculum from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, respectively.  At the age of thirty, she earned her Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1987.  In June 2011, Dr. Coni, as she is affectionately called, earned her Master of Divinity from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, MI and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.   Presently, she is a Jeremiah A. Wright Scholar at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.   With over thirty years of experience in public, private, Higher Education and Christian Education teaching and administration she stresses the importance of education as a liberating force for all people. Presently, Rev. Simon serves as the minister of Christian Education at Fellowship Chapel, UCC, Detroit, MI.

Professionally, she is the first African American female principal in a State of Michigan Correctional Facility.   She was also the youngest African-American female Division Chair over the School of Education at Tougaloo College, in Mississippi.  With research as one of her specialties, she has taught quantitative and qualitative analysis on the graduate level at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi and at Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Coni has been active in church all of her life.  She got her start as Sunday School secretary at Second Baptist Church, Middletown, Ohio.  She has also taught children and adults in Sunday School, Bible Study, developed workshops, training sessions, coordinated VBS programs, organized conferences and prayer breakfasts for Christian educators willing to work for God. She opened the 2016/17 year in prayer for the Alpha Rho chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., was the women’s day preacher for Carter Memorial CME,  Keynote preacher for Fellowship Chapel’s Women’s Prayer Breakfast, and keynote for the Detroit Metropolitan Associations Women’s Conference, UCC.

While in Atlanta she was on the board of the Jonathan Greer Bible Academy, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, and the Council of Christian Educators. Presently at Fellowship Chapel Dr. Coni is a Worship Leader, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, developed and Instructs Fellowship Chapel’s Bible Institute Teacher’s class, and a member of the Official Board.  In 2006 she stepped up to fill the position of interim Minister of Christian Education after the retirement of the late Rev. Opal M. Simmons. On the state level, Rev. Simon serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ, a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Association’s Church and Ministry Committee and a ministerial coach for the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Fellowship Chapel’s Christian Education Department has ten vibrant ministries, of which they have eleven Bible studies every week. Christian Education consists of Tot’s Assembly (infant care), Children’s Church, Sunday School for all ages, 11 Bible Study classes, Vacation Bible School, the Scholarship Committee, Girl Scouts, Senior High Youth Group, the Youth Coordinating Council and the Fellowship Chapel book club.

In 2010 she was the recipient of the Rev. Wendell Anthony Pastoral Scholarship and in 2009 she was awarded a scholarship from the Korean Churches of Detroit.   Dr. Simon has been an active participant in the Lily Foundation’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program at the St. Francis Retreat Center, Dewitt, MI.  In 2010/11 she was part of the Emotional Intelligence training under Dr. Jackie Bahr-Hinkle and Dr. Roy Oswald.

Dr. Coni is the widow of Mr. William G. Simon, her best friend.  Her surrogate daughter is Tremaine Radcliff who is also a member of Fellowship Chapel. The Simons also have two rambunctious dogs, Homes and Muckett.  She enjoys cooking, writing, reading, classic cars and boating in her spare time.  She lives by the mantras of her parents. From her father: “if I can help somebody along life’s way, then my living shall not be in vain” and from her mother: “when the Great Scorer comes and writes beside your name, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you played the game.”

Director, Doctor of Ministry Program and Assistant Professor of Christian Education

  • Doctor of Ministry
    The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program offers training in ministry beyond the initial experiences of pastoral commitment. It intends renewal for the minister and the congregation. As an academic and practical program, the ETS D.Min. program has been developed to emphasize ministers' specific needs. Interpreting the meanings of theological symbols in the lived experience of ministry brings the whole context of faith to bear on immediate existential challenges of ministry. Worship, prayer, and meditation are explored as basic ways of understanding and living ministry. Learn More
  • Master of Divinity
    The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is designed to be completed in 3 years of full-time study, but many students complete the degree in 5 - 7 years on a part-time basis. The program balances academic engagement with practical experience, while seeking to empower students to develop their spirituality and sense of calling. Students in this program find themselves strengthened academically and experience tremendous personal and spiritual growth. Learn More
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
    This is a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Theological Studies. The degree program is designed with more elective courses to give the student the freedom to customize their MATS degree to suit their interest in theological education. Learn More
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
    The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) program is designed to meet students' needs for pastoral-theological formation for ministry outside the local congregtion in a variety of professional venues that desire practical ministerial leadership skills, but do not require a Master of Divinity degree. Learn More
  • Master of Arts (Academic)
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  • Certificates
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  • Certificate in Theological Studies
    The Certificate in Theological Studies is designed for individuals who want to deepen and enrich their spiritual life through theological study, who are exploring their call to ministry, or who want enhancement of their theological knowledge in service to the church. Classes taken for the Certificate in Theological Studies are eligible to be applied to the MDiv or MAPM should the student choose to enter either of those programs. Learn More
  • Continuing Education
    ETS welcomes students who have already completed their Master’s degree to use any course not already represented on their transcript for continuing education. A 4-credit course will count as 4 Continuing Education (CE) Units, and the student will receive a certificate upon completion. CE students are expected to participate fully in the course and complete all assigned work. CE students will receive a Pass/Fail grade for the course. CE students must possess a theological Master’s degree from an accredited institution. (Students without a Master’s may either audit courses, take workshops, or enroll in a program to pursue a Master’s degree.) Students applying for CE must fill out the application on the ETS website. The only additional requirements are unofficial transcripts indicating the completion of a Master’s degree. The cost for taking a Master’s course as a CE student is $1000. This is less than half of our standard tuition cost, in an effort to acknowledge and honor the work of pastors and other ministry practitioners, as well as to show appreciation for the prior academic work represented by their Master’s degree. READ MORE
  • Urban Ministry Diploma
    The Urban Ministry Diploma Program (UMD) is a non-degree course of study in theology and ministry designed for clergy and laypeople. The aim of the program is to provide theological and ministerial training that is concise, practical, specific to urban church ministry -- and that is multicultural, cross-cultural, and ecumenical in focus. The only requirement for entrance is a High School Diploma or GED, as well a a passion for ministry. Students who excel in the UMD program may be admitted into one of ETS's Master's programs, even without a Bachelor's Degree. Learn More
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