Bishop Darryl Sylvester Brister was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 26, 1966. He received his license to preach in 1989 and was ordained on May 1, 1992, under the administration of Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr.

Bishop Darryl Sylvester Brister

On January 26, 1996, at the tender age of 29, he was consecrated to the highest position in the church, the office of a “Bishop”. He is the Apostle/Overseer of Beacon Light International Ministries and since July 1993, has served as the Senior Pastor and Teacher of Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral, formally located in New Orleans, LA where the membership exceeded 7,000 active members. During Hurricane Katrina, all of the church buildings were completely destroyed and all of the members of the Beacon Light Family were displaced. Bishop Brister, now serves as the Senior Pastor and Teacher of both Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral of Houston, TX & Beacon Light of New Orleans. God has allowed Bishop Brister to be elevated to the position of Bishop of Protocol and Second Assistant to the International Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.

Bishop Brister has and continues to minister the Word of God in many countries, such as: Japan, Holland, Korea, Iceland, Europe and Panama. He received a Bachelor of Theology Degree from McKinley Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, a Doctor of Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies from Friends International Christian University.

Understanding that ministry exceeds beyond the confines of the church, Bishop Brister is a man on a mission to reach lost souls. As President & CEO of DSB International Ministries, a non-profit organization, Bishop Brister reaches those incarcerated by providing them with spiritual reading materials and daily devotionals. The Darryl S. Brister Scholarship Fund supports graduating seniors entering into college and also assists high school students with the purchase of school uniforms.

Bishop Brister has received numerous awards and his leadership abilities have been recognized throughout the world. He was featured in the 1995 November edition of Ebony Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Leaders of Tomorrow”; the January 2000 issue of Upscale Magazine’s “Millennium Tribute to America’s Most Outstanding Pastors”; the September/October 2002 & 2005 issue of Gospel Today as one of “The World’s Most Loved Pastors” and the 2004 New Orleans City Business Success Guide.


Bishop Brister has authored eight books that have ministered to thousands entitled, Exposing the Enemy, The Monster Within, Recovering From Ruptured Relationships, Don’t Fight the Process, Talk To Me Afterwards, Look To the Hills, Living the Dream and most recently, Doing Right In A Wrong World. In March of 1999, Bishop Brister and the Beacon Light Mass Choir released their first CD entitled, “It’s All About Him”. He serves as President and Founder of the Darryl S. Brister Bible College and Theological Seminary, which was established in August 1999 and is also the Founder of the Beacon Light Christian Academy, which was established in August 2002. He is the Apostle/Overseer of the Beacon Light Baptist Church of Houma, LA, Beacon Light Baptist Church of Hammond, LA, Beacon Light Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA, Beacon Light Baptist Church of Panama City, FL and Beacon Light Baptist Church of Haiti at New Orleans.

Bishop Darryl S. Brister is married to Dionne Flot Brister and is the father of five children. He is a man of vision whose life embraces destiny and purpose. He has a deep hunger to win souls for Christ and is committed to serving God, dedicated to following wherever God may lead, and excited as God continues to do “A Brand New Thing” within his life and ministry.