Chris Simmons got her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She worked in marketing for a large health and beauty products company before going into the ministry full-time with her husband, Gary. They moved to Fresno in 2000 to take over leadership of the Central Valley Church of Christ, where they continue to serve. Chris also volunteers with the Central California SPCA, fostering nursing litters and socializing puppies; she ALWAYS has puppies, and she has placed more than 100 of them in homes of those who know her. She’s the volunteer marketing director for Fresno Community Chorus and is a proud member of the Fresno Master Chorale. Chris joined the Filmworks advisory board in August 2018, assisting the marketing committee as a writer and copyeditor.