Michael Bolin, Chair of the Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships

Tell me about yourself: Where you’re from, where you live now, where you went to school, your previous job, etc.

I was born in North Little Rock at the old Memorial Hospital by Fort Roots Hospital. I graduated high school from Central Arkansas Christian. I have a permanent home in Antioch but reside in Green Forest where I serve the Green Forest UMC and the community of Green Forest. Prior to living God’s calling, I worked as an electrician for 25+ years through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. I still retain my master’s license in this field.

How did you get appointed to your new position as the Chair of the Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships?

I had the privilege to visit with the Bishop about my time at the National Conference on Christian Unity which is supported by the Council of Bishops and hosts the United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT). This is an annual event that I have been fortunate to participate in. I believe my interest and participation contributed to the Bishop’s decision to appoint me to this role.

What is the purpose of your new position?

The purpose of this position is stated in Para. 642 of the Book of Discipline. While Christian unity through Christian action is certainly one aspect of this position, another aspect seeks to bridge the gaps between denominations, and communities of faith, through stimulating conversation and understanding working to promote and interpret the national and world ecumenical bodies.

What are you hoping to accomplish in this role?

The Bishop, I, and Rev. Jim Polk have just begun the process of discerning clergy and laity who have expressed an interest in serving on this committee. Those names will be presented to the Conference Nomination Committee. Our next goal is to begin conversations with Bishops of the Pan-Methodist for discussions on poverty and children.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

My favorite past time is motorcycle riding. Having been appointed in the Northwest District, the scenery and terrain allow for some joyful wind therapy.

Who is someone that inspires you in your daily life and why?

Outside of Jesus, I would have to say my wife: Teresa (Tee) Bolin. Her passion for spiritual growth, and desire for helping people see God in every situation of life, inspires me in meeting the needs of the mission field where I serve. But that’s not all… Tee is an encourager and prayer warrior. God truly blessed me with a partner in ministry, life, and love!