For many years, Perry Sims has been a full-time lawyer and part-time minister.

Sims, who is first assistant district attorney for Brown and Mills counties, is about to swap those roles.

He is leaving the district attorney’s office at the end of May after nearly three years on the job to become the full-time minister of the Early Church of Christ. Sims has been preaching there since the resignation of the previous minister.

Sims will no longer be a prosecutor, but he’ll still be a lawyer on a part-time basis. He said he will begin building a private civil practice that will give him the flexibility he needs to be a full-time minister.

Being a lawyer, he said, “is part of who I am, part of what I do.”

He said that applies to being a minister as well.

“I’m basically flip-flopping my two jobs,” Sims said.

Sims said he loves being a prosecutor. “At some point, you realize there is something else you need to do,” he said.

Sims said as a prosecutor, he has served the needs of crime victims. As a minister, he said, he meets other types of needs, providing counseling, support and encouragement, and helping those with addictive habits.

Sims grew up in Abilene and graduated from Abilene Christian University with a minor in biblical studies. In 2004, he and his family were living in Sacramento, Calif., where he was one of 180 attorneys in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Sims applied for an opening in what was then a two-prosecutor district attorney’s office in the 35th Judicial District, and District Attorney Micheal Murray selected him for the job. Murray cited Sims’ “impeccable character, his experience, his ability to work well with others” in announcing his selection of Sims.

Sims said then that he wanted to move his family — his wife, daughter and two sons — to Brown County to experience “a slower pace of life” and “a more quiet environment.”