Dr. Stephen Briix was born and raised in Oklahoma, United States. He loves “equipping the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” He served as intern and later head intern at Countryside Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma while completing his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Mathematics and Religion in 2000. He completed his Th.M. at Dallas Theological Seminary(Academic Ministries in Bible Exposition) in 2004. He served as an intern at Community Bible Church in Irving, TX from 2001-2004. He planted Equip Ministries at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan and served as its pastor as well as serving as an associate pastor at Pine Ridge Bible Church from2005-2019. He completed his D.Min in pastoral leadership in 2019. The title of dissertation was “Key Values of Effective Leaders at Small Elite Colleges.” He has been serving with Entrust as a full time missionary since 2019. He began his role as Academic Dean at the International College of Bible and Missions(ICBM) in Roodepoort, Gauteng in September 2019.