PAUL GUY DURBIN
FEBRUARY 4, 1936 – FEBRUARY 17, 2012
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” Luke 4:18
Paul Guy Durbin was born February 4, 1936 in rural Athens, Louisiana to the parents of Rev. Benjamin Paul Durbin and Annie B Durbin.
The son of a Methodist minister, Paul grew up in the church, and in 1958, he received his Bachelor of Arts from Centenary College of Louisiana and soon after his Masters of Divinity from Emory University.
Having been called to the field of chaplaincy, Paul acted upon his participation in the ROTC program while at Centenary and formally enlisted in the United States Army. He served meritoriously in the US Army with posts in Germany, Vietnam and Thailand and completed four quarters of Clinical Pastoral Education at Walter Reed A.M.C., Washington, D.C.
In June of 1976, while attending the Louisiana Annual Conference, Chaplain Durbin was asked by the Bishop if he was interested in an opening at Methodist Hospital in New Orleans. For the next twenty-nine years, Chaplain Paul G. Durbin worked at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital in New Orleans East as Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Hypnotherapy.
While the ‘church’ he pastored was Pendleton Memorial Methodist hospital, he joyfully participated in the life of many Methodist churches in the state of Louisiana: St. Andrew’s and Cornerstone United Methodist Churches in New Orleans and Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette.
During his tenure at Methodist Hospital, Durbin also became a chaplain in the Louisiana National Guard and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and after attending staff school, was promoted again to full Colonel in 1984. In May 1986, Chaplain Durbin was selected and became the first Brigadier General Chaplain in the history of the Army National Guard.
Paul enjoyed a long and distinguished career in pastoral ministry and clinical hypnotherapy, publishing three books and over 100 articles in religious and hypnotherapy journals, conducting seminars across North America, and receiving a his Ph.D. from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy, Irvine, California, now American Pacific University in Hawaii, Doctor of Theology- Alpha University.
He retired from service in 2005. Soon after, having lost his home and possessions during Hurricane Katrina, he moved from New Orleans to Lafayette, Louisiana in where he resided until his death on February 17, 2012. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Bobbie Durbin; their two children: Timothy Paul Durbin and Scott K Durbin (wife Gretchen); his cherished grandchildren: Brewster Paul and Amelia Durbin and Johnathan Paul English; and his sister, Sybil Waldrop.
Paul was truly ‘one-of-a-kind’ with a generous heart, a love for the Boston Red Sox and Western Swing music, a gregarious smile and was identified by those cowboy boots he always had on. He made an impact on everyone he met and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Paul was an amazing husband, father, minister, teacher, friend and most importantly, grandfather. He faced death with grace and dignity that only reinforced the selfless life he lived.
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