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.
Amarillo College is back in session; this is our first week of classes. Our enrollment is down about 19% due to the virus, but we are doing both in-person and online classes.
We are continuing our club, Kappa Chi, at the Bible Chair, even though our meetings must be online because of the numbers involved. We do not have space for students to safely interact. We invited students to register online if they desired to be a part of the Christian club. Kappa Chi are Greek letters which represent fellowship in Christ. In reading the responses to our invitation, I was impressed with how warmly and eagerly they accepted.
So far, 92 students indicated that they desire to be a part of our fellowship group. Typically, we would have a Tuesday lunch and devotional, but due to the virus we cannot serve them food at the Bible Chair. I will discuss activities with them on Zoom and conduct a devotional with them.
This is the largest incoming group of students that we have ever had join Kappa Chi. We are impressed with their interest and spiritual mind toward God.
The first two pictures on the right are those of the Vega church building. Norma and I visited with them recently. They are a small group of Christians who meet just west of Amarillo, off I-40. The last picture is of our classroom at the Bible Chair. Everyone is wearing a mask and their tables are safely separated. This is a wonderful group studying the book of Romans.
Norma and I are grandparents for the first time! Our granddaughter, Madelyn Bernice, was born early Wednesday morning in St. Louis, MO. We have pictures, in case you would like to see them.
If you desire for me to fill the pulpit or teach a class in your assembly, just let me know. (804-852-0515, cell)