More than four years after Church of God officials removed him from the puplit of the Powder Springs megachurch that he founded, Jim Bolin on Sunday returned to Trinity Chapel as its senior pastor.
Bolin's road to redemption began 4½ years ago after he admitted to "inappropriate, consensual sexual conduct" with a woman, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He left the church that he and his wife started in 1983, and underwent a two-year "restoration process" that included Church of God counseling, according to the AJC.
His son, who "was thrust into" the position "to lead Trinity Chapel in seeking God’s comfort and healing during a very vulnerable and painful chapter," announced his resignation on May 26 in a letter posted on the church's website.
"When an assignment is complete," Jason Bolin wrote, "it's time to write the next chapter. ... I never imagined myself ever serving anywhere else than Trinity Chapel. However, after next Sunday, June 2nd, Sarah and I, along with our two kids, will begin a new chapter as we relocate to Florida."
At the time of the May 26 announcement, that new chapter was unclear.
"Although there are opportunities in ministry," Jason Bolin wrote, "our next step is still uncertain so we go by faith, trusting that God will help us to write each and every page of the next chapter in our lives."
Sunday, the elder Bolin thanked his son and daughter-in-law in another Twitter post.
To his wife, Bolin wrote: "Robin & I celebrated 41 years of marriage today! I love you Robin & love living life with you! Love you more than ever!"