ABCCONN Calls New Executive Minister

The Rev. Dr. Harry Riggs, II has been called to the position of Executive Minister of ABCCONN. Dr. Riggs has been active in ministry for 30 years, faithfully serving three churches, which includes his current pastorate at the First Baptist Church, Lincoln, NE where he has served for the past ten years. He has also worked on the denominational level with American Baptist Home Mission Societies of the American Baptist Churches USA, (formally National Ministries) where he served as the National Director of Congregational Transformation. Dr. Riggs has also served on the staff of Palmer Seminary as an adjunct professor in the D. Min. program for Congregational Transformation and Renewal. 

Dr. Riggs received his M. Div. degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY. He also holds a D. Min. degree from Palmer Seminary in Marriage and Family. He has been married for 31 years to the former Deidra Shelton. They have two children, Jordan and Alexandra.
 
Always trying to bring a relevant perspective to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Dr. Riggs values the life-changing power of the Word of God, maintaining relationships with family and friends, personal integrity, and accountability. Dr. Riggs likes to witness transformation in individuals and church families. As a pastor, he has seen his role as being God’s agent of change towards a preferred future.  
 
As a deeply devoted follower of Jesus Christ, loving husband, father, Dr. Riggs' over-arching aspiration is to leave a legacy in the Church of Jesus Christ that is relevant and meaningful for the generation that will follow.
 
Life Verse: "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." Philippians 1:6
 
Dr. Riggs will begin as our Executive Minister on November 1st.
 
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Our thanks to the members of the Executive Minister Search Committee: Hopeton Scott, JP Morgan, Jennifer Sanborn, Wallace Black, and Joan Burnett.

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