Aidsand F. "Ace" Wright-Riggins - Mayor
Dr. Aidsand F. “Ace” Wright-Riggins is in his first term as mayor, elected on November 7, 2017. Aidsand has over 40 years of community, public and congregational service as a pastor, professor, civil and human rights leader and denominational executive. He served the American Baptist Home Mission Societies and Judson Press from 1991 to 2015 as Chief Executive Officer. 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. On December 31, 2015 he retired with distinction from those positions, becoming the organization’s Executive Director Emeritus.
Aidsand also served as a pastor in California for almost 20 years. Known as “Rev. Ace”, Dr. Wright-Riggins was a mission pastor of 100 congregants and later pastor of one of the oldest and largest churches in Watts, CA which had over 1200 members. He continues to exercise his ministry as an ordained American Baptist clergy person as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and organizational consultant.
Dr. Wright- Riggins earned his D.Min. in Family Systems Theory and Organizational Development from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at 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 now a 27-year Collegeville resident. At his “retirement” on December 31, 2015 he jumped out of the ocean of international and national public service into the Perkiomen Creek of local engagement. Having visited all 50 states, doing work on five continents, and experiencing the cultures of over 30 countries, Aidsand was excited to really begin living and working where he has resided since 1991. He is active in the Rotary Club of Collegeville, the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation and his local church. He loves historical novels, plays at golf and studies the trombone.
Mayor Wright-Riggins is married to the Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins, a spiritual director and adjunct professor at Princeton Seminary. Mayor Wright-Riggins and Rev. Betty have three adult children and three grandchildren.