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Bidwell Presbyterian Pastor
Chico Enterprise Record
First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame
Lone Mountain College
Chico Enterprise Record - News
Retired Bidwell Presbyterian pastor Lynn Boliek dies at 74Chico Enterprise Record - NewsRetired Bidwell Presbyterian pastor Lynn Boliek dies at 74SAN DIEGO - The Rev. Lynn Boliek, who served for many years as pastor of Chico's Bidwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, died here Aug. 4 of cancer.He was 74. "Lynn was the classic Presbyterian pastor/scholar in the best sense of the term," said the Rev. Steve Schibsted, Bidwell church's present senior pastor."He was always striving to bring together the heart and the mind aspects of the Christian faith." Boliek served Bidwell from 1980 until his retirement in 1997.He and his wife, Sondra, then moved to Carlsbad. Boliek, a native Californian, graduated from UC Berkeley and Princeton Theological Seminary.He completed doctoral studies under the Dutch theologian G.C. Berkouwer and the philosopher Dooyeweerd at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He served three years in Beirut, Lebanon, under the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions.He pastored Presbyterian churches in San Diego and Burlingame before coming to Chico. An expert in Reformed theology and an international authority on Blaise Pascal, Boliek taught classes in philosophy and apologetics at Lone Mountain College and Stanford University.
Keynote address on "A Christian Perspective on Man and His Environment" was delivered by Dr. Lynn Boliek of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame.
San Mateo County Times Online - Local & Regional News
Lynn Boliek spent 13 years at County churchHalf a century ago, Lynn Boliek sat at the top of the Greek Theater at University of California, Berkeley, and gazed upon the panorama of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city's flowing skyline.He was contemplating his post-graduate plans, trying to decide whether to apply to medical school or to enter the ministry.Those moments of reflection and decision led to a span of achievement that brought Boliek international recognition in his field -- and for his faith. The widely known Presbyterian minister and theologian died Monday in San Diego after a fight with lung cancer that began earlier this year.He was 74. After graduating from the Princeton Theological Seminary and receiving a doctorate in theology at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Boliek traveled to Beirut to work as a religious counselor at the American University of Beirut.He also pastored in Burlingame, Chico and San Diego. Boliek spent 13 years as an associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame.With Burlingame's Senior Pastor Thomas Gillespie, Boliek wrote the church's official position on homosexuality, which Gillespie presented to the Presbyterian General Assembly in the late 1970s. George Swanson, who was one of Boliek's Burlingame parishioners described Boliek as an accessible spiritual leader."If anyone had a faith or biblical crisis, Lynn was there," Swanson said.Boliek was fluent in Dutch, French, German, Greek and Hebrew.He often read from original Greek and Hebrew texts. Boliek was an expert in reform theology and taught, during his last years, in the adult education program at La Jolla Presbyterian Church in San Diego.Before retiring, he taught Philosophy and Apologetics at Stanford University, Lone Mountain College and the Fuller Theological Seminary, where he was an adjunct professor. He was also internationally recognized as an authority on Blaise Pascal.He traveled twice a year to the Pascal Institute at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, near Paris. Passionate about Pascal Craig Duncan, a parishioner and friend from the Bidwell Memorial Presbyterian Church of Chico, described a night on which Boliek became so animated in his discussion of Pascal that he had to stop the car he was driving."We had to pull over and let Wally drive because Lynn was too excited," Duncan said, adding that Boliek only narrowly escaped two potential car accidents."We had to pull over and let Wally drive because Lynn was too excited," Duncan said, adding that Boliek only narrowly escaped two potential car accidents.Steve Schibsted, who followed Boliek in positions at Burlingame and Chico said, "He really tried to bring together the heart-and-mind aspects of the Christian faith."Boliek's wife, Sondra Clarke, was a student in Beirut when Boliek was at the American University.The two began to date after Boliek served as her religious counselor.In an autobiographical novel called "The Arranged Marriage," Sondra said that Boliek told her "I've had three prayers for you, Miss Clarke.Boliek raised two children with Sondra; Babette of New York, and Martin of San Francisco.
Lynn Boliek Scholarship Fund: This scholarship fund has been established in the name of our former pastor Lynn Boliek for deserving seminary students of Bidwell Pres.
Knowing With the Heart | The Center for Public Justice
by Lynn Boliek
[Dr. Boliek is a pastor (retired) in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and lives in Carlsbad, California.]