About J.R.


J.R. Briggs possesses four passions: Following Jesus, equipping and investing in hungry kingdom leaders, growing fruit on other people’s trees and to collaborating with others to create good kingdom mischief. In short, his calling is to partner with people who are called to follow Jesus while leading others.

In 2011 he started Kairos Partnerships to serve hungry leaders through leadership coaching, consulting, speaking, teaching, equipping and writing.

For more than 15 years, J.R. served in pastoral roles in mega-churches, church plants and house church networks. Since starting Kairos Partnerships, he has invested in pastors and kingdom leaders in 28 states and Canada in over 40 denominations.

In addition to pastors and church planters, he has also invested in a wide variety of leaders, including college students, pastors, U.S. Olympic athletes, church planters, Chick-Fil-A operators, college administrators, athletic directors, attorneys, business owners and seminary students.

He received his Masters of Missional Theology from Biblical Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Missio Seminary, writing his doctoral thesis on equipping leaders to ask better questions. He also serves as adjunct professor of practical theology at Missio Seminary as well as guest instructor at Friends University with the Apprentice Institute. He has guest lectured, taught and spoken at over a dozen colleges, universities and seminaries.

He also serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network as well as the Mid-Atlantic Coordinator and National Trainer for Fresh Expressions U.S.

He is the author, co-author and/or contributor of ten books and Bible studies (and well as a contributor for a not-yet-released study Bible) on a wide variety of topics, most of which seek to equip faith leaders for their health, equipping and flourishing. He has also published articles in publications including Christianity Today, the Huffington Post, American Bible Society, N.T. Wright Online, Relevant Magazine, Outreach Magazine and Faith & Leadership, among others (see full list here).

Using his four passions, his Big Dream is to fully fund the Bible college tuitions for 100 pastors and missionaries for persecuted Christians who lead and serve in places hostile to the Gospel. That’s why he launched the Hall of Tyrannus Initiative in 2019. You read learn more about the the Hall of Tyrannus Initiative here.

He is also the co-host of the Monday Morning Pastor podcast.

J.R. and his wife Megan have been married for over 18 years and have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in Lansdale, PA in the greater Philadelphia area.