After serving a number of years helping to develop the church in Nantes, Steve and Becky sensed the Lord leading them through a young French couple to begin a new work in Châteaubriant. The Riggs are presently working to establish a church with a viable witness in this area of 60,000 people.
At five years of age, Steve trusted the Lord as Savior and has always been satisfied with the decision. His Christian parents, a strong local church and a caring youth director challenged him to totally commit his life to Christ. He answered the call to preach while a freshman in college, and he became burdened for foreign missions as time went on.
Becky was also saved as a child. An interest in missions has always been with her but it intensified while her husband, Steve, was a junior at Welch College.
While attending Welch College, Steve served as assistant pastor and then as interim pastor at Good Springs FWB Church in Pleasant View, Tenn. He and Becky served as short-term missionaries in Rennes, France, for eight months in 1980-81.
Prior to entering Missionary Internship, they enrolled at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, to study missions. Becky took the basic courses and Steve did graduate work. In 1982-83 at Central FWB Church, Royal Oak, Michigan, they were involved in evangelism, visitation and establishing new converts.
Upon arriving in France in 1984, Steve and Becky worked with a church-planting team in Lorient. Then they served in Nantes, the sixth largest city in France, with an area population of 700,000 until 2008. Steve served as pastor of the Nantes Free Will Baptist Church. Becky was occupied mainly in caring for their four children but was also involved in Sunday school and hospitality outreach.
Steve and Becky Riggs have four fantastic children. Their eldest son Daniel (1982) and his wife Gwennaelle teach school in France. Brian (1985) works as a language interpreter. Laura (1992) works in a hospital lab and Johanna (1993) is an RN.
Central FWB Church, Royal Oak, Michigan
- Pray for the new building project. We praise the Lord for the funds that were given for the purchase of a site in an excellent location in town. Much of the work will be done by members of the church, so pray for stamina to see it through.
- Pray for relationships we have made with many friends and neighbors, for God to open hearts to the message of salvation in Christ.
- Pray for Becky as she teaches English and builds relations with her students.
- Pray for the Lord to call out leaders for the future of the church in Chateaubriant.