After nearly 44 years, Sally and Darryl Bolen will be retiring at Greenville First Christian Church at the end of June.
Community residents are invited to join the congregation at several events in honor of the Bolens next month.
Pastor succession services will be held June 3 and 4 with Bolen introducing the new senior minister, Tyson Graber, who has been ministering the past 15 years at the Christian Church in Herscher, Illinois.
Also on Sunday, June 4, a golf scramble at Indian Springs Golf Course will honor Darryl Bolen. Those interested in playing should contact Roger Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 10 and 11, community worship services will be held with Matt Ludwig leading worship.
The community will honor Darryl and Sally Bolen at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. June 11 at the First Christian Family Life Center. It will be a card shower, in lieu of gifts. Refreshments will be served.
The weekend of June 17 and 18, mission-focused worship services, led by Vivert Lall, will be conducted.
June 24 and 25 will be Celebration Weekend for the Bolens. Their son, Kirk, will lead worship and Darryl will give his final sermon.
Darryl Bolen was a student at Lincoln Christian College when he was hired by Greenville First Christian as youth minister. He graduated from college the spring of 1975 and a week later, Darryl and Sally were married. In the middle of 1977, Darryl became First Christian’s senior minister.
Darryl and Sally have not only been involved in church activities with their congregation, but have also been very active in the community.
After retiring, the Bolens plan to move to St. Charles, Missouri, and live near their daughter, Suzanne. Darryl said he’s looking forward to spending more time with family, including his mother. He said doesn’t know what the next chapter will be and he has no immediate plans, but he’s not done yet.
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Darryl Bolen said he has had fun here and if he had to do it all over again, he’d still want to be in Greenville.