The property on which the Seminary stands in Aix-en-Provence was purchased in the 1940s with funding provided by Dr Donald Gray Barnhouse, the remarkable pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia at the time. He was a Francophile and spent much of his free time in France, preaching in the local reformed churches. His eventual successor at Tenth Presbyterian Church, James Montgomery Boice was also a great enthusiast for things French.
Dr Boice was a founding member of the Huguenot Fellowship. He was Vice President, and meetings were held at Tenth Presbyterian Church. Like his predecessor he spent time in France and Switzerland, where he earned his doctorate. He read and spoke French. A number of his books are translated into French and are much appreciated by French readers. Dr Boice also founded the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, whose purpose is to call the church back to its Reformation roots. The Alliance works closely with the Huguenot Fellowship in view of the establishment of the Boice Chair.
When Dr Boice went to be with the Lord, June 15th, 2000, the Huguenot Fellowship could think of no better, no more appropriate way to remember him than by the creation of a Chair of Practical Theology in his memory. This would ensure the future of this strong department, and would provide impetus for generating new ideas, much needed in order to reverse the precariousness and meet the promise.
We at the Huguenot Fellowship are deeply grateful for the life, the friendship, and the service of James Montgomery Boice.