Annual Conference preacher right at home in Boston Avenue

4/20/2012

Mouzon Biggs Jr. teaches Confirmation students at Tulsa-Boston Avenue Church.

Mouzon Biggs Jr. is in his 32nd year as senior pastor of Tulsa’s 8,000-member Boston Avenue Church, which will host the 2012 Annual Conference.

Rev. Dr. Biggs will preach on Sunday and Monday evenings during the late May conference.

Boston Avenue UMC ranks as one of United Methodism’s largest congregations. Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Biggs, endowments at the church have grown from $200,000 to more than $26 million. For 31 years, the church’s 11 a.m. Sunday worship service has been broadcast live on Tulsa’s Channel 8, reaching out to eastern Oklahoma and parts of Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri. It is Tulsa’s most-watched program in its time slot.

A native of the Carthage, Texas, oilfields, Biggs earned a Bachelor of Arts at Centenary College, Shreveport, La., and master’s degree at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He was recently named 2012 Distinguished Alumnus by the seminary. He also holds a doctorate in divinity from Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Oklahoma City University.

Biggs has addressed churches, colleges, conventions, and Chambers of Commerce across a 30-state area. He has traveled in 41 countries.

He is author of "Moments to Hold Close" and co-authored the best-seller "When You Graduate."

In addition to his responsibilities at Boston Avenue Church, his interfaith and interracial work has been recognized. He is a Tulsa Interfaith Award Winner, and he is recipient of the National Conference of Community and Justice Award, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Keeping the Dream Alive Award," Tulsa Jewish Community’s "Righteous Gentile" Award, and Tulsa Rotary’s "Spirit of Will Rogers Award."

He is past president of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice and of Tulsa’s Downtown Rotary Club.

He and his wife, Gayle, have two sons, Trey and Jason, and six young grandchildren.


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