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.
Above are a few pictures of students at the Bible Chair on Tuesdays. We just finished our lunch/devo with 40 present. Several came for their first visit.
I will have eight students in my “Life of Christ” class for Spring (2) which begins March 23. They all have various religious backgrounds and experiences. I look forward to studying the Bible with them.
Several students from my world religions and philosophy classes are members of Kappa Chi and attend the devotionals and lunches on Tuesdays. These two classes provide an opportunity for me to get to know about 50 new students each semester. One grandmother attends with her granddaughter to be sure that she is present.
I will be visiting area churches again this summer. If you would like for me to make a presentation, teach a Bible class or preach, contact the office (806-372-5747). I will be happy to come to your congregation.
We appreciate churches and individuals who provided meals for our students in February. They are Comanche Trail, Golden Plains, and Bell Avenue. One student who comes in a wheelchair always expresses appreciation for the lunches.