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Rick Briggs Professional Bio


Vice President of Programs

Dr. Ricky Lee Briggs received a call to the ministry in 1981. He attended Manahath Bible College in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, earning a Graduate degree in Theology. In 1985, while finishing out degree majors in Christian Counseling through Bethany Theological Ministry, he received an invitation to direct the Union Gospel Mission in Chester, Pennsylvania. In 1987, he had the vision and helped to pioneer the start-up of a mission substance abuse recovery program and shelter in Chester, Pennsylvania. It was later known as City-team Ministries. He served there as Discipleship Recovery Director of a 40-bed facility, and Shelter Director of a 36-bed facility. These programs had a verifiable success rate of 80%. Each program tracks clients one year beyond graduation, making it one of the top-rated faith-based recovery programs in the country. While at City-team, Dr. Briggs had three books published on The Ministry Discipleship Successes. They were “Miraculous Movements,” “Contagious Disciple Making,” and “The Father Glorified.” Dr. Briggs then expanded into international ministry until God called him to Panama City in 2014.

He is a two-time recipient of the Breining Institute’s Excellence in Clinical Supervision Award, both for City-team Ministries in November of 2012, and for the Panama City Rescue Mission in May of 2015.

Dr. Briggs received his license to preach at Garden City Chapel, Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and, in 1987, received his ordination through the Delaware County Ministerium in Pennsylvania.

For the next several years, Rick Briggs attended numerous colleges and institutions to further his education.

  • In 1995, he completed HIV Counselor Certification through Montgomery County Health Department Center for Disease Control and continued from 1995 to 2009 with further study at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania, and Allegheny University of the Health Sciences.

  • In 1995, he completed a course of study in the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA): Basic Concepts/Assessment, Issues in Direct Practice at Medical College of Pennsylvania.

  • In 1999, he attended Delaware County College and majored in Surgical Technology. He later completed an Emergency Medical Technical Certification and served 8 years in the medical field for Jefferson Health Systems and TransCare in Pennsylvania.

  • In 2001-2002, he completed all 5 domains in Addictions Counseling at the Catholic Charities Substance Abuse Training Facility.

  • From 2008-2014, he was a Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor for Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

  • From 2007-2008, he attended The Federal Emergency Management Institution, completing course of studies IS-700, IS-244, IS-242, Is-00001, IS-240, IS-230, IS-235, IS-22, IS-200, IS-288, and IS-100. He also completed CISM Crisis Intervention and served City-team as their Disaster Response Coordinator, which took him into international disaster job responsibilities.

  • From 2013-2015, he attended Breining Institute College of Addiction Disorders, completing courses of studies in Veterans and addiction disorders, Methadone Treatment Counselor, Clinical Supervisor Education, and Forensics Counselor Education.

  • In 2014, he received the Treating Sexual Addiction Certificate from Light University.

Dr. Briggs holds the following credentials in the field of addictions:

  • Master’s Level – Registered Addiction Specialist (M-RAS) from Breining Institute.

  • Forensics Addiction Counselor (FAC) from Breining Institute.

  • Clinical Supervisor Credential (CSC) professional certifications from Breining Institute.

  • Allied Addiction Practitioner (CAAP) from the Pennsylvania Certification Board 2012 – 2014.

Articles Authored:

  • 1991 Hard bound Thesis in Topical Christian Counseling

  • 1995 Relapse Prevention Workbook-Evidence Based Spiritual Approach

  • 1995 The Biblical Approach to Alcohol

  • 2002 Urinalysis Drug testing training Manual

  • 2009 Sexual Addiction Workbook

In March 2014, Dr. Briggs began serving as Vice-President of Programs at the Panama City Rescue Mission for the Men and Women’s 12-14-month Recovery Program. He also oversees the Men and Women’s 6-month Transition to Work Shelter Programs. Between all programs, the ministry houses up to 100 men, women, and women with children. Their recovery programs offer long-term solution to the recovery process by offering a five-phase program. In these phases, clients must complete Relapse Prevention, Sexual Addiction, Anger Management, and Smoking Cessation, along with a 12-step recovery process. In addition, each client attends multiple classes that emphasize the spiritual components to complete the transformation process. For a client to graduate, each must obtain gainful employment after the completion of the recovery components.

In the Panama City Rescue Mission Shelter program, clients that come in our doors homeless must first enter the transition program where they receive 4 hours a day of work therapy under a real-life situation work environment. Through this training, they also are required to do a supervised employment search. After receiving gainful employment, the client is required to save money in preparation for permanent housing in the community.