Leading Lady Vera Riddick
Sis. Riddick is a sought after speaker, motivator and counselor. She believes in encouraging through the word of God. She is the founder of the Children’s Church Ministry, Youth Ministry, Women Ministry and the Praise Dance Ministry, of Gethsemane Baptist Church. She continues to serve as Ministry of Arts Coordinator as well as Coordinator of the Women’s Ministry. Along with many other gifts Sis. Riddick possesses the gift of organization and planning which she uses in the capacity of church wedding & banquet coordinator. She is the founder and organizer of a yearly Pastors’ Wives Empowerment Conference were she is able to minister to numerous Pastor Wives from far and near. Sis. Riddick loves the Lord and she doesn’t mind sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She is a strong woman of God who allows her light to shine in every aspect of her life.
Sis. Vera E. Riddick is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Dwight S. Riddick, Sr., also of Chesapeake. She has serves faithfully for over 39 years alongside her husband at Gethsemane Baptist Church Newport News, Virginia and First Baptist Church, Dendron, Virginia. They are the proud parents of two lovely children, Rev. Dwight S. Riddick, Jr. (Rev. Jennell) and Mrs. Tiffany M. Foreman (Mitchell) and proud grandparents of five wonderful grandchildren Dwight S. & Jasmine E. Riddick, Amber E., Rhyan M. and Tyler M. Foreman. Sis. Riddick the youngest of three siblings was born to Edward L. Brite, Sr. and Mary Brite both deceased. Sis. Riddick loves sharing time with her family and church and cherish every moment.
Sis. Riddick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Hampton University where she graduated with honors. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University in May 2009. Sis. Riddick currently serves as the Director of Student Financial Aid, at Old Dominion University. She also served as past Treasurer, Secretary and Rep-At-Large of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrations (VAFSAA). She also served on the SASFAA 2020 committee and as a mentor for the Federal Direct Loan Program which is sponsored by the Department of Education. Sis Riddick loves working with youth and young adults and uses this gift by serving on the Annual Girls and Young Women Conference sponsored by Old Dominion University Community Development Corporation, where she has served as co-chair. She served three years as an advisor to a dance group of young adults at Old Dominion University-Divine Inspirational Dance Ministry (D.I.D.M) and continues to provide support when and wherever needed. Her motto is: “If I can help somebody along the way then my living will not be in vain”. Her favorite scripture is Joshua 9:1, “The Lord Thy God is with her”.