Pastor Stuart Briscoe From Elmbrook Church!

Pastor Stuart Briscoe!


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When Pastor Stuart Briscoe was head pastor at Elmbrook Church, I was privileged to learn from his teaching of God’s word for many years! I have looked up to Stuart Briscoe in appreciation for how he taught me. Things I needed to know as a newer Christian in 1989. It was a beautiful time in my life, always to remember.

Stuart is married to his wife Jill who is also a pastor, plus they have two boys, Dave and Pete Briscoe who are also pastors. God has blessed Stuart and he in turn has blessed many people over the many years. ~ Bill Greguska

Psalm 61:3  For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.






Knowing Your Enemy – Pastor Stuart Briscoe

Pastor Stuart Briscoe And His Wife, Jill!

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Pastor Stuart Briscoe with his wonderfully gifted wife, Jill Briscoe.

Since I attended Elmbrook Church 23 years earlier in my life, Pastor Stuart Briscoe’s teaching has positively affected me. Only God knows how many lives Pastor Stuart Briscoe has impacted. He has a firm understanding of the Bible and teaches it very well. I am grateful for his teaching. Pastor Stuart and his wife, Jill Briscoe, have taught me much since I first met them in 1989. Some of my favorite memories of spending time with Pastor Stuart Briscoe, besides attending his sermons at Elmbrook church, were when I worked at Elmbrook church. Stuart’s teaching was much different than I was used to growing up Catholic. 

Week after week, for many years, hearing Stuart preach, I could not help but learn more and more about what the Christian faith was all about. Stuart helped fill the many biblical gaps my Catholic upbringing never addressed, which I am very grateful for. I am incredibly thankful that God placed Pastor Stuart in my life. As I had with Stuart Briscoe, having a wise pastor can make a big difference in a new Christian’s life, as he did back in 1989. Stuart and Jill are still affiliated with Elmbrook Church as Minister at large, which means they travel around the world sharing the Gospel despite their age which seems to be irrelevant to his success in teaching others about Jesus Christ even though Stuart was born on November 30, 1930, has not slowed him down. I am thankful for all the years he has been senior pastor at Elmbrook Church. God has used Stuart and Jill both in a significant way. ~ Bill Greguska




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Pastor Stuart Briscoe’s Influence On My Life!

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Young Stuart Briscoe and his wife Jill Briscoe about 1970

Elmbrook was fortunate to have pastor Stuart Briscoe My name is Bill Greguska, and I am writing about Stuart Briscoe, my first real Bible teaching pastor.  I was privileged to hear Stuart preach weekly for about four years. Stuart and his preaching had an enormous influence on my newfound faith. I was born again in 1986, shortly after finishing two years in a drug and alcohol inpatient rehabilitation program. God knew where to put me under Stuart Briscoe’s teaching, so I could learn more about what it meant to be a Christian and apply it to my life.

Elmbrook, My First Bible-Believing Church!

I was very fortunate to have Stuart Briscoe as my Pastor! Then when I came to Elmbrook Church in 1989, it was one of the best things the Lord led me to do. Pastor Stuart has always been a gentleman and Biblical scholar who had an excellent quick wit and a great sense of humor, not to mention his British accent and, of course, his knowledge and love for the Lord! I remember when I was on staff in 1990-1994, and in the staff lunchroom, Stuart used to share his wisdom and a little humor while we ate lunch together. He was fascinating to me, and I always seemed to put extra effort into listening to what he had to say. Stuart preached his first sermon when he was 17 years old. More than 65 years later, he continues preaching and teaching the Bible. Stuart and his wife, Jill’s ministry, took them to all seven continents. The great commission was critical for him and his wife, Jill. Stuart was born in Millom, Cumbria, England, in 1930. He got involved in a banking career; he also served in the Royal Marines, and in 1958, when he married Jill, a school teacher born in Bootle, Liverpool, home of the Beatles!

At the beginning of their married life, Stuart and Jill invested most of their free time in outreach ministry to the pre-Christian youth of Britain until they were asked to leave their secular employment to join the ministry of Torchbearers, a ministry reaching out to young people all around the world. Later on, in 1970, Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, invited Stuart and Jill to pastor the church, they agreed, and it was a ministry they did an outstanding job for thirty years. They helped inspire many people in the church membership and those outside of the church.


Jill And Stuart Briscoe Discuss Their Teaching Styles


“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be: but by the grace of God, I am not what I was.” ~ Pastor Stuart Briscoe

“Many people feel that their happiness is directly related to their happenings. If their happenings happen to happen, the way they happen, to want their happenings to happen, they are happy. But if their happens don’t happen to happen the way they happen to want their happenings to happen, they are unhappy!” ~ Pastor Stuart Briscoe


2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.



Stuart Briscoe Is The First Real Pastor I Learned From After I Was Born Again!

As the years went on in his ministry life, at the age of 70 in 2000, Stuart decided to step down voluntarily after 30 years as Elmbrook Church’s Senior Pastor to engage in a ministry-at-large around the world, including some training of church leaders in the developing countries. Jill and Stuart continue to serve Elmbrook Church as ministers-at-large. The church has grown to a weekly attendance of more than 7,000 and has planted eight sister churches in the Milwaukee area. Elmbrook’s TV and radio ministries, Telling the Truth, featuring Stuart and Jill, are broadcast widely during his extensive video and audiotapes, and more than 40 books immensely supplemented his ministry. After 30 years as senior pastor at Elmbrook Church.

One Of My Fondest Memories Of Pastor Jill Briscoe

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Pastor Jill Briscoe, the other half of Stuart Briscoe!

It was back in 2005 when my wife and stepson moved out of the house. That was very painful. I can distinctly remember Jill taking me by the arm. She walked and talked with me to the other side of the church. This happened on a busy Sunday morning; Jill made the time to personally give me a CD of hers on encouragement to encourage me. Jill also gave me a CD series from Stuart on motivation. I will never forget the care and compassion she showed to me during that difficult time of my life. Having Jill Briscoe take the time to encourage and point me to Jesus was something I will probably never forget and be thankful for!









Elmbrook = Megachurch

Elmbrook is a huge megachurch (the church auditorium used to seat 1,600 people but now seats 3,200 each service). Still, when Jill Briscoe took the time to talk with me and walk me to the Telling The Truth ministry area and gave me some encouraging CDs to comfort me during my separation/divorce, it made the church so much smaller to me. Many caring Christians helped guide me through the 23 years I was involved with the Elmbrook church. Right when I needed them the most, just getting out of long-term alcohol and drug rehabilitation myself. Also, her son Dave Briscoe spent time with me to point me to the Lord Jesus Christ. Dave’s wife, Rhea Briscoe, is also a teacher, preacher, and assistant to Stuart, and Jill has been helpful to me.




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Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage  You:

Romans 1:16 ESV 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

John 3:16 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Galatians 3:8-9 ESV

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Romans 1:16-17 ESV 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Mark 1:14-15 ESV 

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Isaiah 55:6-7 ESV 

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Isaiah 53:4-5 ESV 

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

Acts 2:38 ESV 

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John 14:6 ESV 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

1 John 4:9-10 ESV 

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Romans 10:14 ESV 

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?





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