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Shari Rigby, renowned speaker, author, director and actress, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Oklahoma Baptist University. Rigby used the story of the woman at the well from John 4 to illustrate how the story of a broken person’s redemption can be used to reach others. The service was held in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on OBU’s campus in Shawnee.
Along with sharing her testimony, Rigby encouraged listeners to use their own stories as tools for the Gospel.
“When you speak truth, and share your God story with others, how the Lord has changed your life, you are able to speak from a place of life experience, shutting most people down to debate and inspiring them to listen,” she said.
Rigby made her start in modeling and doing commercials. After moving to Los Angeles, she began a career in acting at an age when most actresses were retiring. Her most recent feature films include “Boonville Redemption” and “Wildflower.” Rigby was featured as the lead in the Dove award winning music video “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns. She was also featured in the films “Not Today” and “October Baby,” which was named one of the “Top 15 Impressive Box Office Performances of 2012” by CNN. Rigby is currently working on creating faith-based films and television series, Bible studies and women’s conferences.
Rigby now speaks to thousands of people at churches and conferences across the nation and is a regular guest on radio and television programs. She has appeared on CBN, TBN, American Family Radio, Focus on the Family, K-Love Radio, and many more. Rigby is founder of The Women in My World, a women's group focusing on identity, purpose, ministry and living life in Hollywood.
Rigby is a devoted mother to two boys, Donnie and Levi, and has been married to her husband, Matt, for seventeen years.