Who Is Eutychus?

“Eutychus” by Elizabeth Slovan

Welcome! If you are curious about the name of this website, read on:

Eutychus means “fortunate one” in Greek, and you can read about him in the Bible:

And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer.  And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.  (Acts 20:9, ESV)

My name is Les Bollinger and “Eutychus” is a web space where I hope to let friends know what is going on with me and my family, especially since leaving Facebook. It is also a space where I hope to write about things that interest me, and about which I might have something worthwhile to say. The topics on Eutychus will vary, and I hope to try a variety of media, including video.

Here’s a little bit more about myself: I live with my wife, Helen, in Lexington, Kentucky. We have three daughters, fourteen grandchildren, and (gulp) sixteen great-grandchildren. We moved to Lexington from Beaver, Pennsylvania where I had served as pastor of Beaver Baptist Church from 2004 to 2012. It also was my privilege to serve as an elder at Providence Community Church in Lexington from 2015 to 2020. These days I work in the field of health care finance as a decision support analyst. I studied economics at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.), international business at George Washington University (M.B.A.), and biblical and theological studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), which means I’m three degrees below zero.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, mostly biblical theology, but also fiction: spy, crime, legal, and historical novels. I enjoy playing chess, watching University of California Golden Bears football, and playing Pétanque (also known as “Boules” which is the French version of what Italians call “Bocce.”).

But most importantly, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, which means I seek to know, love, and follow Christ and to help others know, love, and follow him as well.

Like Eutychus, I am truly fortunate—blessed to be more accurate. And, like Eutychus, I think I will be better remembered for my failings and falls than for my successes and achievements. But in the meantime, I press on:

[Jesus said], “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” (John 9:4, ESV).

Again, like Eutychus, I have been known to get sleepy during sermons.  For that matter, people have been known to fall asleep during my sermons. Fortunately, no one has died yet.