Columbia, SC -- May 1, 2013 -- The Benedict College Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium located on Two Notch Road and Read Street in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins, III, Executive Director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, will give the keynote address during the College's 143rd Commencement Exercises.
Since August 1991, Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins III has served as the executive director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies. Additionally, he is chief executive officer of Judson Press, the publishing arm of American Baptist Churches USA. His passion has led American Baptist Home Mission Societies to commitments of encouraging discipleship, engaging in mission and transforming the soul of a nation. "We are to be an incarnate community that affirms that Jesus Christ is Lord. In the midst of our cultural, theological, racial and ethnic diversity, we want to exhibit unity as a household of faith," said Wright- Riggins.
Preaching the Gospel, establishing churches, making disciples and ministering to people in need are fundamental to the heritage and charter goals of American Baptist Home Mission. For Wright-Riggins, these ministries are essential to following Christ. He describes the full scope of American Baptist Home Mission Societies' mission as including evangelism and emancipation, spiritual formation and social justice, church planting and community transformation.
Currently, Dr. Wright-Riggins is also pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Los Angles, California. In addition, he also works as Director of Peach with Justice Ministry, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles; Dean, The Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies, Los Angeles; Adjunct Professor, Philosophy and Homiletics, University of La Verne, La Verne, California.
Dr. Wright-Riggins received a B.A. degree in Comparative Religions from California State University; Master of Divinity degree from American Baptist Seminary; and the Doctor of Ministry degree from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor of Theology. He holds an honorary degree from Benedict College and three other honorary doctoral degrees awards.
Dr. Wright-Riggins is married to the Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins, a member services representative for the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board. He is currently a member of the Benedict College Board of Trustees and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Penllyn, PA., where he is active in men's ministries.
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