The term "Bible Chair" is an adaption of a term used in any college or university where a private endowment pays the salary for a professor. The teacher works for the school, but is paid by the endowment.
When describing a Bible Chair, the endowment pays for both the teacher and the building where the classes are offered. Then, the building is also used as a student center where the students can rest, play and study the Bible.
This Bible Chair was the brain-child of Gordon Downing, long time director of the Bible Chair at WT, and was initially financed and overseen by the San Jacinto congregation. Established in 1972, Gordon directed it for four years. Dean Morgan came and stayed until 1981. A man named Wayne Wilks followed Dean but had a very short tenure; and Jerry Klein was the director from the fall of 1982 until 1995. Wyatt Fenno, Mark Johnson, Bobby Boaldin and Frank Bellizzi followed. When the San Jacinto congregation decided that they could no longer oversee the work, the elders at Comanche Trail accepted the oversight on the condition that Jerry Klein would be the director--and he returned to work here full-time beginning in the fall of 2013 through the Spring 2017 semester. Bell Avenue church of Christ became the overseeing congregation in January of 2017. Mural Worthey took over as Director in July 2017.
In our recent elders’ meeting at Bell Avenue, we discussed the expansion plans for the Bible Chair at Amarillo College. Initial plans were presented to the elders by brother Ken McLaughlin, an elder from the Colonies church of Christ. Ken and his daughter, Kim Black, design plans for houses and other structures. We appreciate them for developing a working set of drawings on what is possible. Please click the link below to the original July Reporter article to see a picture of the proposed building expansion.
President Lowry-Hart of AC recently announced that the college will begin face-to-face lecture classes in August for Fall 1. This is a change from what we previously anticipated for students to come back to campus. The requirements are that students and teachers must wear masks and practice social distancing in our classes. This will limit the number of students in some of our classes. We are happy, though, to be able to meet with our students on campus. My schedule is listed on the Reporter link below. We begin on Monday, August 24. We have many opportunities on campus with students from all over the world. I look forward to being with them for the beginning of a new school term.
Due to the close quarters at the Bible Chair, we do not plan to begin the Tuesday lunches until conditions improve concerning the virus in our area. It is also difficult to eat while wearing a mask! We will keep the groups who have been providing meals informed when we begin the Tuesday lunches and devotionals again.
If you desire for me to fill the pulpit or teach a class in your assembly, just let me know. (804-852-0515, cell)