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Rev. Daniel A Briggs, Ph.D.
(Brief Bio of Rev. Daniel A Briggs, PhD.)

 

Rev Daniel A Briggs, Ph.D. was born in 1959.
 
   
Rev. Daniel A Briggs, Ph.D. is the son of Rev. Arthur Briggs, (who was the son of Rev. George Briggs). This makes Rev. Daniel A Briggs a third generation Apostolic Pentecostal cleric (preacher/minister). He has been a pioneer throughout his life, much like his father and grandfather were before him. In the summer of 1978, at a young age of 19, Dr. Briggs led an evangelistic team in Sussex, NB Canada (under the late Rev. Raymond A Beesley), that doubled the congregation size in just four months from around 200 to over 400 parishioners. After returning to seminary that fall, Sussex Calvary Pentecostal Church had to build a 1400 seat edifice (under the direction of Rev. Joseph Beesley) to accommodate the revival growth that Dr. Briggs had initiated. During his few years in seminary he preached in many churches throughout Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

After Dr. Briggs left seminary (NCC), he became the Assistant Pastor at the first UPC Pentecostal church in Moncton, NB Canada, under the late Rev. Robert E. Grace. He helped double that congregation in his first six months of tenure, then spent the next six months designing and helping to construct a new 400 seat edifice. After that, he took a pastorate at the United Pentecostal Church in Kouchibouguac, NB Canada where he also initiated a revival at the age of 21 in a neighboring town, Richibucto, NB Canada, before any Pentecostal church ever existed there. During that revival many Catholics came to the Apostolic faith. Richibucto is a French speaking Roman Catholic community and now, there is a Pentecostal church there named, The Richibucto Church

After Dr. Briggs left Kouchiboguac, he went to another French speaking Catholic community, to the city of Biddeford, Maine, to start a new "home missions" church, that he named First Apostolic Church of Biddeford. Shortly after, Dr. Briggs was ordained at the young age 22 by the United Pentecostal Church International in the State of Maine District. He was the youngest ever to be ordained in that state by the UPCI. During his 15 years in Biddeford, he designed and constructed the first church edifice of the apostolic faith ever built in that city.  He also brought David Capotosto and his wife into the Apostolic faith away from their Catholic faith. David was an Italian and an accomplished engineer who put online the first CD plant in America, among other notable secular accomplishments. Through teaching, discipling and time, Dr. Briggs ordained and commissioned Rev. David Capostoto to assume the pastorate over 25 years ago. Rev. Capotosto, his wife Carmel and children remain there to this day and have done wonderful things in that city and with church members.

After Dr. Briggs left the pastorate in Biddeford, he continued teaching and preaching with a combined total of more than forty years. His teaching experience includes teaching in both ecclesiastical (many churches around the world) and secular (seminars, colleges, schools, institutions, companies and prisons) settings. Dr. Briggs has taught and preached (on ground) in Asia, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and in the USA. He has also taught in over 190 nations though electronic virtual technology.  Throughout his life, he founded and developed a number of institutions, churches and secular businesses, e.g., the First Apostolic Church of Biddeford, World Christian Ministries Association, Cornerstone, Inc., Bangor Counseling Center, Aletheia Logos University, Cornerstone Theological University, Apostolic School of the Prophets, Olive Press Books, Alfred Adler Institute, Southgate Apartments, Briggs Global Enterprises, Briggs Farms and ApostolicPentecostalChurches.church (APC), which is a USA Apostolic Pentecostal Church Directory.

Dr. Briggs founded WCMA (Maine) in 1993 in Biddeford, Maine, one year before he graduated from Walden University with a Ph.D. In 2006 he divested it (WCMA Maine) to World Christian Ministries Association, Inc. (Florida). Both were founded by Dr. Briggs.  The APC Directory was developed as an integral part of WCMA's vision to facilitate an arms-length unity and connectedness between the splintered group of Apostolic Pentecostal ministers, churches and organizations and has had an average of 500,000 visits per year. Dr. Briggs' vision for WCMA is to greatly multiply its global outreach through its various ministries.

Dr. Briggs is currently teaching at EFCTS to supplement his income and to help EFCTS satisfy a training contract they have with Ohio State University. His position title at EFCTS is "Training Coordinator-Instructor". His future plans, God willing, is to develop an onground seminary and training program on a 42 acre property he has purchased in New Mexico at the foot of the Florida Mountains to augment his online school.

Brief Family History

Rev. George Briggs, who is Dr. Daniel A Briggs' grandfather, was instrumental in bringing to and establishing the Apostolic Pentecostal movement in the State of Maine. Before he died, his life was often threatened by catholic clergymen which required police protection during the time that Rev. Nila Mean and "Charlotte" came to Old Town, Maine to tell "Charlotte's" life story concerning her eventual escape from the catholic nunnery in Mexico and the evils that occurred there. This exposure eventually led to an FBI investigation and the closure of said nunnery.

Rev. Arthur D Briggs, who is Dr. Daniel Briggs' father, was also a pioneer in the State of Maine, in the State of Maryland and in the State of Florida. He established several floundering congregations in various communities in Maine, e.g., Carmel, Charleston, Winterport, and Houlton. In Maryland, he helped establish the church in Smyrna. In Florida he founded the Calvary Apostolic Church in Oxford (Wildwood). He also mentored several other ministers including three of his sons and two daughters, Rev. Bruce Briggs, Foreign Missionary Diane Briggs, Home and Foreign Missionary Rev. Randy Briggs, Home and Foreign Missionary Rev. Daniel Briggs and Home Missionary Gaylene Briggs.

Florence P Briggs, who is Dr. Daniel Briggs' mother, was a pastor's wife for nearly fifty (50) years alongside her husband, Rev. Arthur D Briggs. Throughout those many years she has played piano and accordion at the churches where her husband had pastored. She was also a Sunday School teacher at said churches as well as being a published writer (short stories, etc.), being published many times by the Pentecostal Publishing House.

Rev. Bruce A Briggs, who is Dr. Daniel Briggs' oldest brother, is currently the pastor of Calvary Apostolic Church in Oxford, Florida. He resumed the pastorate when Rev. Arthur Dean Briggs retired.

Missionary Diane M Murray (Briggs), who is Dr. Daniel Briggs' oldest sister, is now deceased. She and her husband (Rev. Richard Murray) were missionaries in Ireland until they expired. Richard Murray, a former Catholic, came to the apostolic faith through the ministry at First Apostolic Church of Biddeford, Maine, where he became a deacon.

Rev. Randy L Briggs, who is Dr. Daniel Briggs' second oldest brother, is now deceased. He founded Rumford's first Apostolic Pentecostal church (in Maine). He left the pastorate in Rumford to his brother-in-law, Rev. David Wilhoite, when he left to become a foreign missionary in Norway, Europe.

Engineer Donald W Briggs, who is Dr. Briggs' youngest brother, has been a nuclear engineer for many years. His latest tenure involved developing the computer interface for the NextGen nuclear power plant in China and training Chinese engineers. He is currently studying the Chinese language in China, learning to read and write Chinese.

Missionary Gaylene Briggs, who is Dr. Daniel Briggs' youngest sister, began home missionary work with her husband in the Chicago, Illinois area.
 
Rev. Harold Briggs, (an uncle to Dr. Daniel Briggs), was a tank driver in WWII under General "Blood and Guts" George S. Patton. He was one of the only  few surviving tank drivers who first cut across the Ludendorf Bridge over the Rhine River. He knew it was a "suicide mission" but prayed to God that if God protected him, he would become a minister like his father (Rev. George Briggs). He did survive and he did become an apostolic minister. He too pioneered an apostolic church in Cardville, Maine. At his funeral, there was standing room only and overflowed to outside the church building. The funeral procession was more than a mile long; nearly every brand of Pentecostal minister was there. He was well liked and respected by all that knew him.   


 

 

 

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