Rev. Dwight Shawrod Riddick, II is known to be creative, innovative, and gifted in bridging generational gaps with the Good News of the Gospel. With a unique form of preaching and practical teaching he has been blessed to serve in ministry since 2000. With his wife, the former Rev Jennell Whitfield (they have 2 children) by his side, he has served the First Baptist Congregation and Franklin, VA community since Christmas of 2005.
As the son of a pastor (Dr Dwight & Vera Riddick – Gethsemane Baptist Church Newport News, VA) he has been privy to various styles and methods of ministry. His family has been a tremendous part of his overall leadership development and he continues to stress the importance of balance in ministry.
He uses the education gained from his Compute Science Degree from James Madison University and Masters of Divinity Degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, as fuel to create and serve in effective ministry. As a certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach, he invest time in maximizing the potential of others. He is currently seeking more from God while pursuing a Doctorate degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in the class of 2016.
His ministry assignments have been to lead in the reemergence of the JMU Impact Movement in ’98, serve as youth minister full time staffed at Gethsemane BC, Found a college/young adult ministry for ministry leadership development named Crowned Ministries Int’l, teach a customized curriculum in several school system as lead mentor of Men On A Mission (an arm of Walk In iT Inc.), work on the nominating committee for the Baptist General Convention of VA, and shepherd full time as the Sr. Pastor at First BC in Franklin. These ministry tasks have provided opportunities to preach revivals, teach workshops, motivate in assemblies, organize conferences, and most of all embrace diverse forms of ministry thus allowing him to adapt in various environments.
He has a heart for pulling the potential out of people, and has dedicated his life to helping others find the best in themselves. God has truly been blessing him, and he stands on the word of God as stated in Philippians 2:14which says, “Do everything without complaining or arguing,” and Philippians 4:11which says, “…I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” He says that God has been too good to him for him to complain.