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.
Norma and I just returned from a trip to see our grand-daughter and her parents in St. Louis. We spent the Fall break with them getting to know our first and only grandchild. Our beautiful grand-daughter is Madelyn Bernice Worthey. She is only two months old. I think about the words in the hymn about holding a newborn baby. It has special meaning now.
How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy she gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain days
Because He lives.
Our second part of the Fall semester at AC began on Monday, October 26. Our classes will be taught online due to increased cases of COVID-19. We are back to where we were in March. With the last two days being cold and snowy in Amarillo, it has been good to teach from home. I have about 50 students in four classes. Online is a good substitute when we cannot meet in person, but I much prefer in-class studies.
The Bible Chair now has its own YouTube postings. We will post messages, devotionals, and some classes on this site. You are invited to listen to them. New ones will be added regularly. Here is the link: