Meet The Mayor

Email:MayorAWR@council.collegeville-pa.gov

About: Aidsand Wright-Riggins has over 40 years of community, public and congregational service.  He is a pastor, professor, civil and human rights leader and denominational executive. For almost 25 years he was the CEO of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies and Judson Press. In this capacity, Aidsand provided oversight and leadership for 5,800 churches, 1.5 million people, 16 colleges, 9 seminaries and a host of neighborhood action centers, retirement homes and skilled nursing facilities. At the end of 2015 became the organization’s Executive Director Emeritus.

Aidsand also served as a pastor in California for almost 20 years. Known as “Rev. Ace”, Aidsand was a mission pastor of 100 congregants. Later he was pastor of one of the oldest and largest churches in Watts, CA, which had over 1200 members. He is still an ordained American Baptist clergy person as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and organizational consultant.

Aidsand earned his Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Union University. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union / ABSW in Berkeley, CA. He earned his B.A. in the Sociology of Comparative Religions from the California State University of Fullerton. Aidsand was further awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Benedict College and a Doctor of Divinity from Alderson-Broaddus College

Aidsand is married to the Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins, a spiritual director and adjunct professor at Princeton Seminary. He and Rev. Betty have three adult children and three grandchildren. Aidsand loves historical novels, plays at golf and studies the trombone. He has been a Collegeville resident since 1991.

Mayor Aidsand Wright-Riggins holds regular Open-Door Office Hours at 476 E. Main Street on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. He welcomes conversations with residents, business owners and others during these office hours. You may arrange to meet with him on Tuesdays, Thursdays and at other times by calling him 24 hours in advance at (888) 804 2945 or by sending an email to MayorAWR@council.collegeville-pa.gov.  Mayor Wright-Riggins, also an ordained minister, welcomes the opportunity to officiate at weddings and funerals without cost to Collegeville residents (In lieu of an honorarium, donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry are requested). Mayor Wright-Riggins does not discriminate on the basis of gender or sexual orientation regarding the performance of wedding ceremonies.

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