Aidsand Wright-Riggins, former executive director of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, has joined the New Baptist Covenant staff as co-executive director.
In a new leadership model announced April 24, he will work alongside co-executive director Hannah McMahan to boost the organization’s profile outside the Bible Belt and in American Baptist and African-American Baptist circles.
Wright-Riggins, who has served previously on the New Baptist Covenant board, said he looks forward to working alongside McMahan, who for five years has led the movement started by former President Jimmy Carter “with wisdom, vision and grace.”
McMahan, a 2009 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, said Wright-Riggins’ “wealth of experience and insight will be a great gift to New Baptist Covenant as we continue to grow into our mission.”
Wright-Riggins served for 24 years as the executive director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies and chief executive officer of Judson Press before retiring in 2015. In 2017 he was elected mayor of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, becoming the first African-American to hold the post.
The New Baptist Covenant also announced this week that tickets are on sale for a June 20 luncheon during the 2019 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama. The event will highlight stories from Covenants of Action, relationships formed between two or more congregations in the same community to cooperate in ministry and fellowship across racial lines.