Rev. Dr. Arthur M. Suggs
Arthur M. Suggs is the Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church of Binghamton. He is married to Tracy Suggs, a high school chemistry teacher in Vestal. Arthur and Tracy are parents of two grown children, Aaron and Bethany. The Rev. Dr. Suggs has three major professional interests that frequently find their way into his sermons:
First is the relationship between science and religion. He has two degrees in physics from Purdue University, and was a physics teacher prior to entering the ministry. Second is the dialogue between religions. His Master of Divinity, from Princeton Theological Seminary, specialized in Hebrew theology, and his Doctor of Ministry, from San Francisco Theological Seminary, focused on interfaith dialogue. His dissertation examined the notion of humanity being created in the image of God from the perspective of all major religions. The third interest is sometimes called “New Age” or “New Thought” as it relates to science, religions in general, and classical Christianity in particular.
Art enjoys tennis, growing orchids, antiquing, and motorcycle trips. He particularly enjoys being the pastor of an open-minded, intellectually curious, passionately loving, and “Open and Affirming” congregation and relishes leading discussion groups about theological and interfaith matters.