John W. Riggs, Associate Minister was born in a small northern Indiana town of Butler, IN. He was raised in the Butler Church of Christ. He graduated from Eastside High School in Butler, IN. He spent six years working general labor and married his wife, Shelley on December 23, 1988. He currently has two boys, Zechariah (21) living in Columbus, Indiana, attending IUPUC with his wife Julie while working at Centra Credit Union and Joshua (18) a freshman at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana majoring in Foreign Languages. John worked for the Indiana Department of Correction for 15 years where he worked with men, women and juvenile boys and girls in management and counseling capacities. He has attended Great Lakes Christian College, Cincinnati Bible College and Louisville Bible College as an undergraduate student. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology through Indiana University at Columbus, Indiana’s extension campus. He is currently enrolled at Louisville Bible College working on a Master’s of Sacred Literature. He served as a Deacon, Elder and Sunday School Teacher at the East Columbus Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana. Three years ago, God called him to return to the Westport Christian Church after having been a member previously to help equip workers, preach and teach God’s word. On October 10, 2009, John was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel.  He is currently our Associate Minister while overseeing the youth programming. Shelley works with her husband John in youth programming for the church while working full time for a periodontist in Columbus, Indiana.

John is also a spiritual consultant for Your Christian Life Matters.