Easter 2021: Pastor Briggs with wife Shannon and children Athan, David, Taran and Avreigh

James Briggs was called to be the pastor of First Baptist Church in Fayette MO, on August 5, 2012.


James grew up in the Wentzville/ Lake Saint Louis area, about 45 miles west of Saint Louis, Missouri. He was a member of Wentzville United Methodist Church and prayed “the prayer” when he was in fourth grade. That experience did not lead to a life changed by the Spirit of God that bore the Fruit of the Spirit. Instead, he continued to live in unrepentant sin, proving he did not truly have a relationship with Christ. That lasted until he was a junior in high school. James started attending the youth group of the Chapel of the Lake, a non-denominational church in Lake St. Louis, MO.

It was through the ministry of the youth and the Youth Pastor, Keith Spaugh, that James first came into regular weekly contact with the Gospel. He slowly came under real conviction about the state of his soul. The work of the Spirit culminated in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Wentzville, Missouri on September 19, 2001 when James cried out to God to save him and, through God’s infinite grace, He did.

Education, Family and Experience

After high school, James attended Missouri Baptist University in Saint Louis, Missouri. He graduated in 2006 with a degree in Biblical Languages and Church Planting.

Following graduation in 2006, James married his bride Shannon on June 9. They moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2012, James graduated with a Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry.

In 2007, James was called to be the Youth Pastor at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Boston, Kentucky. While serving at Mount Moriah, James was licensed and ordained to the Gospel Ministry.

In 2008, James was called to be the Youth Pastor of Muldraugh Baptist Church, where he served for three and a half years before being called to pastor First Baptist Church of Fayette.

James and Shannon have four children: Athan John, David Charles, Taran Alexander and Avreigh Aldona.

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