Soulful Celebration of Ministry

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The smell of delicious fried chicken filled Jubilee Hall as hundreds of people poured in to celebrate the ministry of Rev. David and Mary Wiggs, with extra seating in the balcony to accommodate all of the guests for this sold-out, full-house event.

The smell of delicious fried chicken filled Jubilee Hall as hundreds of people poured in to celebrate the ministry of Rev. David and Mary Wiggs, with extra seating in the balcony to accommodate all of the guests for this sold-out, full-house event. Rev. EvaMarie Campbell opened us in prayer. During lunch, pictures of ministry over the decades played on the large screen, while Sistema leaders provided beautiful music (the presence of Sistema was particularly fitting, given the role Rev. Wiggs has played in the creation and growth of several community impact programs, including Sistema Tulsa, Smiles of Faith, and Tulsa Theatre Works).

Following lunch, featured guests shared highlights from the Wiggs’ life and ministry. These speakers included, among others, Rev. Dr. Tish Malloy and David Malloy, college roommates of Mary and David; Blaine Gaddis, who invited others from David’s youth group on stage as he spoke on Rev. Wiggs’ youth ministry at Boston Avenue; Lori Markes, who shared about David and Mary’s impact at First UMC Enid; and Aliye Shimi and Toby Jenkins, who spoke to the impact David’s ministry of inclusion has had on the larger Tulsa Community. The Reverend David and Mary Wiggs Seminary Scholarship Award Fund was announced, which offers those at Boston Avenue an opportunity to contribute to sustaining David and Mary’s faithful legacy. The event concluded with a special music piece, written by Frieda Reck and performed by members of the Boston Avenue music ministries, “I’m a Believer,” adapting the famous song by The Monkee’s with lyrics to reflect the ministry of hope and grace offered by Rev. Wiggs.

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