One on One with CFUMC Member, Bo Hiers

  • How long have you been a member at CFUMC? 
    I’ve been attending for 19 years.  I’m interested to see what type of major award you get for your 20-year anniversary!   
  • What is your most memorable event/activity that you have participated in at the church?
    Two things come to mind – First,  the Valentine’s Daddy-Daughter Dance we held in the Fellowship Hall with the help of the City of Chamblee was a total home run, and great exposure for our church.  Second, when I drilled 26 consecutive free throws in the gym.  There were no witnesses, so you’ll have to take my word for it.   
  • What’s your favorite thing about this church?
    The people, silly!  Many have become close friends, and that’s always a great thing.  And I can’t think of a single enemy, which is an ever better thing! Hold on!  There’s more.  I’m a big fan of the Fellowship Sunday School Class, also known as The Young Professionals and One Crazy Boomer Class.  Another highlight for me is Bill Callaway, our amazing organist.  He’s incredibly gifted, and we’re blessed to have him! 
  • If you had one dream for the church, what would it be?
    There is no more important goal than growing our membership over the next 1-3 years to the point where we are averaging 225-250 in our sanctuary every Sunday.  It’s definitely an all hands on deck goal, but with our new Pastor, Minho Chung, leading the charge, I’m confident we can pull it off. 
  • What is/ was your line of work/career?
    I worked for a large international reinsurance company for 41 years in a new business development and relationship management role.  I retired in May, and began a part-time job in July working in elder care for Naborforce.  It’s an amazing company with a simple mandate – to lend a hand and bring joy to the elderly.  I wanted to “give back” when I retired. Instead, it’s those I am helping who are giving back to me. It’s amazing how that works.    
  • What is your greatest accomplishment outside the church?
    Being the proud grandfather of my beloved grandson, Fletcher – a new middle-schooler at Crabapple Middle School in Roswell!   
  • Any other fun facts we should know about you?
    I’m a 4th generation Atlantan, which makes my grandson, Fletcher, a 6th generation Atlantan.  I’m awaiting illustrations for a Young Adult children’s story I’ve written.  I’m confident the story will sell well UNDER a million copies. Back in the way-before-computer days, I used to be a sportswriter.  I’ve completed 10 marathons.  Best of all,  I’m now wise enough to never, ever run another.  I still run most every day at the crack of dawn, even if I am getting slower and slower (I blame Father Time!)  Oh, and I hate cooked carrots!