PhD in Leadership Studies from Piedmont International University

Dr. Ben Rigney


Hi and thanks for visiting my website. Here you will find a sample of some of my academic works and teaching samples. Thanks for taking the time to check out my work, and if you have any questions shoot me an email in the form below and I will gladly get back with you as soon as possible. 


01 academic work

B.A. Biblical Studies @ Piedmont International University (2010)

M.A. Theological Studies @ Liberty University (2011)

PhD Leadership Studies @ Piedmont International University (2017)

My dissertation was a study of the leadership development practices of intercollegiate athletic coaches at Christian universities. The full text of my dissertation can be viewed or downloaded below (152 pages, 762kb)


02 Teaching Samples

02.1 Bible Teaching

Each sermon below is one of my favorites that I've had the opportunity to share. The full catalogue of my past sermons can be found here

02.2 Leadership Teaching

In addition to teaching in churches I am writing a leadership development curriculum with the LeadWell Development Group. The first lesson can be seen (for free) here

03 Experience


LeadWell Development Group

Lead Pastor for Revitalization 

  • Led the revitalization of Riverside Church 

  • Preached expository messages in the Sunday worship service. 

  • Directed the children’s ministry as the group over doubled in size.  

  • Performed weddings, hospital visitation, and home visitation for church members and people in the community. 

  • Led the church from near bankruptcy to a place of financial health which led to the launch of an independent charity.

Riverside Church



Citylight Church

Pastoral Assistant & Curriculum Writer

  • Organized and developed volunteer ministry teams (connections, worship, technology, kid’s ministry, and nursery). 

  • Recruited, trained, and scheduled volunteers for Sunday services. 

  • Wrote original curriculum for the kid’s ministry and small groups. 

  • Taught children, ran the technological elements of the service, and taught on Sunday mornings as needed. 


Colonial Baptist Church

Pastoral Intern

  • Completed administrative tasks as assigned by the church staff. 

  • Trained leaders for the church’s major summer outreach and oversaw the effective execution of the event (250+ unique attendees).

  • Taught in the Sunday morning service and at various events as needed. 


Piedmont International University

Student Admissions Representative 

  • Contacted perspective students on behalf of Piedmont International University 

  • Represented Piedmont International University at college recruitment events on campus and off campus


Freelance Speaker
  • Invited to speak at events as on a contract basis 

  • Events included high school chapels, college chapels, youth group retreats, youth group events, children's ministry events, and Sunday morning church services


South Roanoke United Methodist Church

Director of Christian Education

  • Evaluated, developed, selected, and wrote curriculum for all the Sunday School classes at South Roanoke United Methodist Church. 

  • Managed digital content, aided in the creation of a church logo, designed and wrote content for 

  • Taught in the Sunday morning service and taught various different classes as needed. 

  • Identified and trained leaders for the educational programs of South Roanoke United Methodist Church. 

  • Oversaw the departmental budget. 

President and Founder

  • Researched, developed, and wrote a holistic, progressive, and self-directed leadership development curriculum.

  • Created and wrote the website and all content therein. 

  • Taught the LeadWell Leadership Development program live to non-profit leadership teams. 


Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my site and look at some of my work. Please use this contact form to get in touch with me if you have any questions about me, my work, or just want to say "hi".


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