Dr. Harold “Dorrell” Briscoe is a writer, speaker, pastor, and public theologian. He focuses on the intersectionality of race, religion, law, and power. He is married to Tracy, and a father to Luke, Noah, Amelia Hope, and Ella Grace. Dorrell was born on August 23, 1985 in Carbondale, Illinois (but is now a proud son of the south).
He is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Florida where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. He is a 2009 graduate of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. There he earned a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration on Urban Planning. Dorrell worked in local and state government for five years, across Florida, Texas, and Louisiana.
In 2011, Dorrell became a pastor at Southpoint Community Church in Jacksonville, Florida, specifically focused on outreach to millennials. In that position, Dorrell led a young professionals group of over 300 individuals, oversaw the church’s social media and marketing platforms, and was the director of the church’s local outreach ministry. Dorrell has taught as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, teaching public administration, management, and leadership to undergraduate students. While teaching, Dorrell pursued and was awarded a master’s degree in Theological Studies at Liberty University in 2015.
In 2016, Dorrell took a position as the Raleigh Campus Pastor at Hope Community Church. Hope Community Church is a non-denominational church with four locations across the triangle and one in Haiti. He is also serving as the Young Professional’s Director at the church.
Dorrell recently finished his Doctor of Ministry degree at Duke University. His doctoral thesis, There’s a Storm Comin: How the Evangelical Church Should Respond to Racial Tension in America, makes the case that the American evangelical church is unprepared for the current sociopolitical climate that is generating severe racial strife and tension in American society.
Drawing from current sociological, psychological, and political research, the thesis argues that proactive measures need to be taken to properly prepare for highly publicized racially charged events. The thesis recommends strategies drawn from the academic and professional fields of climate change adaptation and natural hazard mitigation to reduce the severity of these storms within congregations and communities. These strategies are synthesized with biblical data to create a framework that gives churches practical steps to prepare for and respond to racially charged events that inflict trauma to the social fabric of America.
Dorrell has a strong passion for the local church, politics, racial justice, equality and international affairs. He is currently in the process of publishing his first book and has a bi-weekly podcast show called, The Best of Both Worlds.