D. S. Briggs is the son of the late Mabel Lee Briggs. He is a native of Plainfield, New Jersey and was educated in the public school systems of both Plainfield, NJ, Scotch Plains, NJ and Petersburg, VA. He is married to Danielle Alyce Rome Briggs and they are the proud parents of five beautiful daughters.
A 1983 graduate of the Petersburg High School, Petersburg, Virginia he has furthered his education through matriculation at several institutions of higher learning: Florida Memorial College (now University) Miami, FL, the Community College of the Air Force, Eastern Oregon University, West Virginia State University and Triune Biblical University from which he holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies, a Masters in Theology and an earned Doctorate in Ministry.
He served as the pastor of the New Store Baptist Church, Buckingham County, Virginia from December 1991 until May 1994. While there he served as the Moderator of the Unity Fellowship of Churches and as the Assistant Secretary of the Minister's Conference of Buckingham County and Vicinity.
Called to the pastorate of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Freeman, Virginia from September 1995 until December 2000, he served as the First Vice Moderator of the Unified Shiloh Baptist Association, State President of the Young Pastors and Minsters Division of the Virginia Baptist State Convention, Assistant Secretary and Executive Board Member National Baptist Convention USA, Inc Young Pastors and Ministers Department, (1997-2000) Secretary of the Emporia/Greensville County Ministerial Alliance, Executive Board Greensville County Habitat for Humanity (1997 - 1999) Member of Civitan, Chaplain at Greensville Medical Center and many positions of Christian and Community leadership in Greensville County and Brunswick County.
He served as the Senior Minister of the Mount Zoar Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina from September 2001 until December 2004. While there he served as an Instructor on the Minister's Council for the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and Assistant Editor of the Baptist Informer Newspaper of the General Baptist State Convention. In addition a local radio and TV broadcast entitled Refuge in the Word was aired locally in the Raleigh and Durham market. It was there while going through a storm that God dropped the initial concept of Rehoboth into his spirit as it was initially formed as a way to do ministry without fighting the entrenched traditional powers in the church.
Upon leaving Mount Zoar unwilling to fight any longer over temporal issues that had nothing to do with the Kingdom of God, it was suggested by many of his former members that he start a local church instead of leave the area to find a new church. After prayer it was determined to move forward and change the outer garments of Rehoboth from just a ministry arm to a full fledged ministry.
From December 2004 until April 2008 he served as the Senior Minister of Rehoboth Covenant Bible Fellowship - Brier Creek, in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.During that time he was finally able to conceive and carry out ministry without the restrictions and heartaches imposed on him in previous places of service. A firm believer that the church of God should not be a place of turf wars, petty arguments, drive by character assassinations,and constant unyielding battles between the pulpit and the church, Rehoboth finally gave him that opportunity to truly minister as he was led by the Lord. While there he was elected and elevated to the office of Bishop by the National Assembly of Christian Churches and Ministry Fellowship.
Relocating to St Louis, Missouri for secular work in July 2010, he has begun to sink ministerial roots in the area, having been the guest preacher for several churches and being a consultant to churches while they were going through the process of calling a pastor. He is an active member of the St Joseph Missionary Baptist Church in St Louis.
He is the author of three published books "Communicating Your Passion; Rekindle the Passion in your Preaching (1999) "First Things First; Tithing, Giving, and Stewardship in the Local church (2002) and "We Are the Family Of God: Learning, Loving Lifting and Living the Word of God." (2017) He has also authored numerous articles and papers on religious life. He has just started a blog on church and religious life. Follow him here at http://preach-life.blogspot.com/