Reverend Aidsand Wright-Riggins to Speak at Fall 2009 Commencement
(ELGIN, IL December 7, 2009) Reverend Aidsand Wright-Riggins will speak at Judson University’s spring 2009 Fall Commencement to be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 12 in the Robert D. Lindner Fitness Center, 1151 N. State St. in Elgin, Ill.
Since August 1991, the Reverend Wright-Riggins III has served as the executive officer of National Ministries for the American Baptist Churches USA. Additionally, he is chief executive officer of Judson Press, the publishing arm of American Baptist Churches USA. His passion has led National Ministries to commitments of encouraging discipleship, engaging in mission and transforming the soul of the nation. He says, “We are to be an incarnate community that affirms 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.”
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 National Ministries’ mission as including evangelism and emancipation, spiritual formation and social justice, church planting and community transformation.
More than 133 students will graduate during the 61st graduating class of Judson University. This commencement ceremony will mark the first graduating class receiving master’s degrees for education in literacy, a new degree program that began in 2009.