WPU Welcomes New Chaplain

Sep 29, 2022

There’s a new chaplain on campus. Dr. Rev. Harold Briscoe has a diverse background and brings a wealth of experience to William Peace University (WPU). Briscoe is a pastor, speaker, and writer, and is excited to be a mentor for our students and a resource to our community. 

Briscoe joined WPU this fall as the new university chaplain. He has big shoes to fill, following the retirement of Dr. Lee Carter, who served WPU for 11 years. 

Briscoe is from Carbondale, Illinois. He met WPU president, Brian Ralph while he was working as a pastor at Hope Community Church in Raleigh. Ralph invited Biscoe to speak at the 2018 Baccalaureate service.

“I have loved his engagement with our institution in the past, and I’m thrilled he can take his passion to the next level by serving our campus,” said Ralph. “I’m looking forward to seeing his impact on our community.”

The day of the Baccalaureate service turned out to be the day after Briscoe’s fourth child, Ella, was born. He has three other children: Noah, Luke, and Amelia. 

Briscoe earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in history from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he received a track scholarship.

After witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he changed his major from international studies to political science. He moved to Texas to be closer to New Orleans, and earned his masters in public policy from Texas’ A&M University.

In 2016, he moved to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity and complete his doctoral degree.

Briscoe’s master thesis focused on how churches respond to racial discord within communities, and how their presence can help heal the community. He turned that into the novel, “There’s a Storm A Comin’: How the American Church Can Lead Through Times of Racial Crisis.”

“Organizationally, if a church or other organization took steps to mitigate and prepare, not for hurricanes, but racialized storms, basically like racial crises, the George Floyd’s, Breonna Taylor’s… those moments in our socio-political climates. There’s pain, hurt, anger at the killing of unarmed black persons at the hand of police,” said Briscoe. 

Briscoe firmly believes in the ministry of presence. He is excited to be a place of affirmation, and encouragement for the students at WPU.

“My soul is here, I’m here to encourage, I’m here to affirm, I’m here to love, I’m here to serve,” said Briscoe. 

Briscoe understands that college can be a difficult time for students, as it is a very transitional point in their lives. He is hopeful that he can help provide a space for students to feel safe and heard.

While many students may be away from their families, and some out of their comfort zones at times, his goal is to provide a sense of family on campus. He believes in the power of relatability, and feels confident his story can help inspire and lead the students on campus.

WPU has created a foundation of diversity and inclusion, and Briscoe’s background and passion is a great addition to fulfilling that goal around campus. 

Briscoe is looking forward to creating relationships with the WPU community.

Give Courageously to Peace

Thanks to the generosity of William Peace University supporters, current and future WPU students have access to the resources needed to learn through immersive experiences, build upon their courage and develop the confidence needed to turn passion into purpose.
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
a student uses a laptop on a green bench at William Peace University

Give Now

Support future Pacer success. 

 

Become a Corporate Partner

Find out how your organization can collaborate with Peace.

Visitors

Whether you’re hoping to attend WPU or hosting an event, you’re welcome to visit WPU! 

Wedding at WPU
Phantom in downtown Raleigh

Conferences and Events

Host your conference, event, or wedding at WPU.

Location and Directions

Get directions, our address, a campus map, and hotel discount information.

Counselors

Learn about WPU and all it has to offer so you can guide your students to the best fit for their next step. 

Admissions Info

Meet and connect with our Admissions team.

Schedule a Visit

Learn about our processes and schedule a visit.

Alumni

Our success as an institution has always been rooted in the strength of our community. As an integral part of that community, we invite alumni to stay informed and connected. 

Alumni outside at WPU
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
Building at WPU

Get Involved

Stay connected to Peace.

Donate

Contribute to the success of future Pacers.

General Info

Read about alumni benefits.

Parents

Families are an integral part of a student’s path to WPU. Find answers to your questions here. 

Commencement
Two WPU students work together on a project during class

Student Success: Why Choose WPU?

Learn about the value of an education at WPU.

Billing and Due Dates

Questions about your student’s enrollment or billing? Start here.

Current Students

Already a Pacer? Here’s your quick path to information, links, and other useful stuff.

Group of students talking
Students high-fiving each other

Current Students

Missing something? Can’t find a link? Start here.

Current Parents and Families

Is your student a Pacer? Here’s where to get information and contacts.

Future Students

Welcome to William Peace University! We offer programs for both traditional undergraduate students and online/hybrid classes through our School of Professional Studies. Find your path to WPU here.

Three WPU students walk through a brick archway on campus.
Three students discuss their work during class.
Older gentleman at a computer

First Time in College

Your WPU education will help you build practical skills for your future.

Transfer Students

Transfer up to 90 credit hours from any institution. 

Working Professionals

Enhance your existing career.

A WPU student works on a video game in the new esports and gaming lab on campus.
Woman in army green typing at computer
Two female international students

Readmission

If you previously attended WPU and are ready to return, start here. 

Veteran/Military

Learn more about how to apply the GI bill.

International Students

Find out how to attend WPU.

Student Life

Whether you want to know more about on-campus events or see our residence halls, get a sense of what life is like as a student at WPU.

WPU Student on bouncy slide
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
WPU Safety Officer

Clubs, Activities and Events

Discover what’s fun at WPU.

Housing & Dining

When people say that WPU “feels like home,” we think that’s the ultimate compliment.

Safety & Security

The Office of Public Safety is committed to providing a community-friendly approach to enhancing campus safety for students, faculty and staff.

Dining room at Peace
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
Health and wellness at WPU

Athletics

Cheer on your Pacers at their next home game.

Student Support Services

Find out how the WPU team supports the whole you.

Health and Wellness

Learn about physical and mental health services available to students.

Academics

WPU offers a mix of more than 30 degree programs and additional minors. Our courses are four credit hours each, and every course features immersive learning experiences.

A student in WPU's online School of Professional Studies works on her homework.
2023 Internship Showcase

Immersive Learning

Find out about WPU’s unique approach to learning.

Center for Student Success

Peer tutoring, a first-year success program, and an internship program are just part of why Pacers succeed. 

Admissions

Start here to find out how to apply, visit, and learn more about WPU.

Before you apply:

Admissions team
students walking on campus
A student reviews scholarship and payment information in the financial aid office.

Connect with an Admission Couneslor

They’ll be your guide through the process.

Visit Campus

Get a feel for campus life.

Understand Costs

Find out about Financial aid and other options to pay for college.