Rev. Gregory K. Riggen was born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1960. The middle son of non-Christian parents, he grew to be the product of a very turbulent decade. God had plans for him, however, and the dramatic change that resulted is well worth finding out.
Greg Riggen first visited a United Pentecostal Church at the age of 11. Although his parents were very much against it, he continued to attend. He received the Holy Ghost and was baptized in Jesus’ Name when he was 12, and subsequently led his father, mother, two brothers, and 77 year-old grandmother to the Lord. He felt a call into the ministry that summer, and preached his first message on a Wednesday night at the age of 13.
After completing High School in Dallas, Texas, Pastor Riggen received his Th.B. from Texas Bible College in Houston. With a 4.0 average, he was valedictorian of his graduating class.
Upon receiving his degree, he began his ministry teaching in the ACE school of Rev. Wayne McClain in South Houston. He began pastoring at age 24, and has pastored in Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, and Kansas.
In 1988, Pastor Riggen published his first book, The Madness and Method of Modern Music. He has written numerous articles, and has written several lessons for Word Aflame Publications (for both the Adult and Elective Series). He recently developed a one hour Bible study entitled, Do All Speak with Tongues? which he hopes to make available to the public shortly.
Through the years, Pastor Riggen has held the following positions: Youth Camp Teacher, Youth Camp Principal, Sectional Foreign Missions Director, Sectional Secretary, and District Home Missions Secretary. For six years, he served as the Kansas District Sunday School Director and Newspaper Editor. In May, 2002, he was elected as the District Secretary, a position which he held until March of 2004. At that time, he was elected as Superintendent of the Kansas District UPC, a position he held until May 2007. He has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Olathe.