School of Theology & Christian Ministry

Christian Ministry Alumni Profile

Xen Riggs

  • Director of Chaplain Ministries, Church of God
  • BA 2008, Anderson University
    Double-major in Church Music and Christian Ministries
  • 2014 graduate, Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry

alum Xen RiggsMy parents went to school at Anderson University, and I attended the Church of God camp meeting in Anderson every year as I was growing up. I sensed God calling me to attend AU.

My undergraduate philosophy of worship and music ministry methods courses proved very foundational. My education courses as well as my faith and human development courses granted me an understanding of the individuals I am called to guide as a minister.

Graduate work at the School of Theology and Christian Ministry continued the process of forming me into an individual with the spiritual maturity and ministry skills to become the pastor God has called me to be. Much of what I learned in seminary built upon what my Christian ministries professors taught me. My music professors also helped me to form a foundation for my own worship-oriented perspective as I have continued my studies.

My seminary classes enabled me to rethink much that I have taken for granted and to grow deeper roots in my own Christian heritage as well as the Scriptures and my walk with God.

I learned through seminary to hear other perspectives represented by my fellow students. It is refreshing to see how God graces all of us with the ability to love one another so that our differences become formative for each of us rather than destructive. The professors were excellent facilitators for these conversations.