Borne Tyras Simmons on April 6,1965 in New Orleans, La. where he was raised as one of four siblings in the household with both parents until the age of fourteen. In protest of the separation of his parents, he began to act out by experimenting with alcohol and drugs. He also began a series of missteps which led to several arrests. At the age of 19 he tried to correct himself by attending Grambling State University for 2 years just to realise that changing location without changing behavior didn’t solve his problem. At age 24 he tried to right the ship again in his life and joined the United States Marine Corps and within one year of joining, he found himself in the Gulf War. Early on he found himself in a familiar situation when challenged by another troop, he responded violently since that’s what was normal to his personal experience. After the rough start, he eventually became a reliable resource during the actual war and received several awards and letters of appreciation even from foreign governments. It was during that time that the Lord began to deal with his heart after seeing lives devastated by war and upon seeing that he could actually contribute something to their lives by small acts of kindness.
In 1992 he got saved and sanctified himself from his old life with it’s old way of thinking. It wasn’t long before the Lord would use him to lead many of his fellow service members to Christ. By 1994 he became a Youth Pastor and for the next 8 years he found himself as a Street Evangelist, Men Fellowship Leader, Choir Member, Licensed Minister, Father, Husband, LLC Owner, and College Graduate. In 2006 post Hurricane Katrina he felt the burden of the people who were also dealing with devastation due to the enormous loss of everything that they valued, even their churches.
At the bidding of the Lord, he began his Pastoral ministry in January and by October of that same year Divine Inspiration International Ministry was officially born.
In 2016 he was consecrated as the Southern Regional Bishop of Divine Ministries International Fellowship, in 2018 he became a licensed and commissioned Chaplain with the International Association of Licensed Chaplains, in 2019 he received his Doctorate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Harvest Christian University, and now Oversees Divine Inspiration International Ministries with it’s 7 locations internationally along with several other ministries and affiliate churches both here and abroad.
Bishop Tyras Simmons is currently married to Dr. Stacey Kennedy Simmons O.D. the owner/ operator of EyeDeal Optical where she has been practicing for 24 years. He also has two daughters. The eldest is Tyralyn Simmons Barra, the wife of Eben J. Barra Jr. and the mother of Eben Tyras Barra. The youngest is Tyionna A. Simmons who is a high school graduate who has had her college entry plans affected by the covid-19 pandemic.