Meyer Lecture

The Rev. Dr. Mouzon Biggs, Jr.2011 Lecturer

The Rev. Dr. Mouzon Biggs, Jr.
Boston Avenue United Methodist Church

"Outside My Christian Comfort Zone"

The Rev. Dr. Mouzon Biggs, Jr. is in his 32nd year as pastor of the 8000-member Boston Avenue Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since his arrival, the church has received more than 8,300 new members and ranks as one of Methodism’s largest. Its 17-story tower is the focal point of one of Tulsa’s major thoroughfares, and the church is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.

Under his leadership, endowments at Boston Avenue Church have grown from $200,000 to more than $26 million. For the past 31 years the 11:00 a.m. worship service has been broadcast live on Tulsa’s Channel 8 to eastern Oklahoma and parts of Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri.  It is Tulsa’s most highly-watched program in its time slot.

A native of the Carthage, Texas oilfields, Dr. Biggs earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Centenary College of Louisiana and his Master of Theology Degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He also holds a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Oklahoma City University.

He has addressed churches, colleges, conventions, and Chambers of Commerce across a 30-state area. He has traveled in 41 countries. He is the author of Moments to Hold Close, and co-authored the best-selling book When you Graduate with Dr. Charles Allen of Houston.

In addition to his responsibilities at the Boston Avenue Church, his interfaith and interracial work have resulted in his being named Tulsa Interfaith Award Winner, National Conference of Community and Justice Award recipient, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Keeping the Dream Alive Award” recipient, the 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 past president of the Downtown Rotary Club.

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