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Blue Named Chair of Methodist Studies

A couple from Boston Avenue United Methodist Church is establishing a chair at Phillips Theological Seminary honoring Boston Avenue’s senior minister, the Rev. Dr. Mouzon Biggs.

Richard and Norma Small are providing half the funds for a chair in United Methodist Studies at Phillips. Chester and Debbie Cadieux, who are matching all new gifts to the seminary’s permanent endowment, are contributing the other half of the gift necessary to endow the academic chair.

“We are delighted that the Smalls, who have been generous to us for a number of years, have seen fit to enhance the already rich ties between Boston Avenue and Phillips,” said seminary president William Tabbernee. “Dr. Biggs has taught here. Our professors regularly teach classes at Boston Avenue. The Smalls have provided a wonderful gift. And we are honored to have the Mouzon Biggs, Jr. chair of United Methodist Studies here.”

Dr. Biggs has served as senior pastor of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa for more than 26 years.

Dr. Ellen Blue, associate professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies, is the first occupant of the Biggs Chair, and first woman to hold a chair at Phillips.  She is an ordained elder in full connection with the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church and an experienced pastor. A specialist in modern and American Christianity, Dr. Blue's teaching and research interests include religion in Latin America, women's studies, spirituality, and United Methodist studies.

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