Dr. Paul Richard Fink

February 6, 1930September 7, 2013

Dr. Paul Richard Fink, 83, of Madison Heights, went home to be with his Lord, Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the loving and devoted husband of Mary Louana Allen Fink for sixty-two years.

Born February 6, 1930 in Tucson, AZ, he was the son of the late Louis Phillip and Sula Frazier Fink and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd, Louis, and Glenn Fink. Dr. Fink was the Founder and Teacher of the Amherst County Bible Institute in Madison Heights, retired College Professor with the Liberty University School of Religion and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Madison Heights and also the Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren Church in Roanoke.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Fink is survived by six children, Anne Marie Truax and husband Jesse of Salem, Catherine Joann Eubank and husband Mark Steven of Monroe, MI, Dawn Renee Hite and husband Chris of Cheyenne, WY, Glenn Allen Fink and wife Sherrill of Richland, WA, Jerry Lee Fink and wife Lisa of Forest and Gary Wayne Fink and wife Leecy, of Madison Heights.

Dr. Fink is also survived by twenty grandchildren, Kristen N. Truax, Jesse D. Truax, Jr., Heather M. Truax, Allison K. Fink, Ryan E. Fink, Jerry L. Fink, Jr., Spencer L. Fink, Dylan M. Bishop, Raven N. Bishop, Daniel Eubank, Rebekkah R. Eubank, Jonathan Eubank, Hannah Hite, Mary C. Hite, Julius C. Hite, Madeline Fink, Cameron P. Fink, Jenna K. Fink, Eliza G. Fink, and Amelia Fink and three great grandchildren, Jackson D. Truax, Gracie Truax, and Charlee Truax.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Thomas Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse D. Truax and the Rev. Dan Lee officiating. Interment with military honors by American Legion Post 16 will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Welcome Center on the campus of Liberty University.

Whitten Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Monelison Chapel is serving the family.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Liberty University School of Religion.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Dr. Paul Richard Fink

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Gene Crouch

October 3, 2014

As with many others, Dr. Fink's class in Bible Study methods was the great need of my life. I pleaded with our Lord for a good course and He lead me to Grace Seminary where not only did I learn how to put the pieces together in Bible Study but also received significant guidance regarding putting together a message outline. Both of these I have taught to students in churches and schools in various parts of the USA and in other countries.

Rick Vasquez

September 24, 2014

I just noticed on LU's web site, after I googled, Dr. Paul Fink, that next to his name was (1930-2013). I am very sorry to hear of this news. To the Fink Family, I want you to know how much Dr. Paul Fink impacted my life. I took his BS 250 in 1979, in my first year at Liberty. This was the famous "Inductive Bible Study Methods" Class. My life has never been same since. I sat in on the course next year to get just a little more of this powerful class by his wonderful Man of God. I last wrote Dr. Fink 2/13/12. He remembered me and replied on 2/15/12. I will never forget him.

September 2, 2014

I didn't know of Dr Fink's passing until it was mentioned at our annual meeting of the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers in July. He was my mentor and friend. Without his encouragement and recommendation, I could not have had the career I've had. Eternally grateful.
Donald P. Shoemaker
Pastor Emeritus, Grace Community Church of Seal Beach, CA
Senior Chaplain, Seal Beach Police Department

Lauren Reynolds

December 19, 2013

Dear Fink Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I only knew him as a student and I shed tears for the world has lost a wonderful man. His gain! May you be comforted by knowing you will be with him soon and for forever - full of joy!

I learned of his passing as I was looking up your address to send you all a Christmas card this year. There are only a few professors I do that for and he was one. He taught well and he loved better. I so vividly remember him tearing up when talking about the Lord's adoption of His people, the goodness of the Lord, etc. I also so much enjoyed when he spoke of his family - there was such love there. He was such an example to me. I am forever thankful for his life and influence.

Marc Corbett

October 23, 2013

"Good morning! Sorry we started to soon for you." Those may be the words that our dear Dr. Fink says to anyone who arrives in glory after him! I learned about Docs death just before leading a group of college students on inductive Bible study. He taught me to let my conscience be bound only by the Word of God. He and Mrs. Mary modeled loving students, faithfulness, sacrifice, hospitality, joy, adoption, humor, wit, cool cars, & great stories. He served in my wedding at First Baptist Dallas (1999). I can still hear him telling me the night before the wedding: "I told you, you wouldn't be able to sleep!" Mrs. Mary, the love you all have shared with so many, we are sharing with others. The Finks have shared not only the Gospel of God, but their very lives as well! - 1 Thess. 2:8

October 21, 2013

Dr. Fink was my mentor while at Grace Theological Seminary 1966-1968. He challenged my mind and my faith. I would not have made it through this life without his challenge. He was more than a professor. He called me "the Arminian". I believe I challenge his resolve. When the day of graduation came unknowing to me he asked permission to place my stole. He was behind me and stepped up to my back. First the seminary seniors stood and clapped, then all of the seminary students, then the college students and then the entire crowd. I finally turned around to find out why. There he was, Mr. Unpredictable. I have missed him and look fowarded to joining him and spending time with him that life never afforded us to have. A dear friend of mine, Dr. Vernon Whaley, sat in front of him in Chapel. I understand he would often ask about me. Still interested in his student after all these years. I pray my work in Christian Education made him proud. I have always remembered him, especially when challenged. Thank you to the family for sharing this great man of God. David Keith Kenemer, La Vergne, TN

Chuck Donald

September 30, 2013

One of my favorite (and toughest in a good way) Professors at Liberty. I thank God for Dr. Fink's challenge to excellence. I have a distinct memory of Dr. Fink throwing a piece of chalk at me (I had nodded-off to sleep on the front row -8a.m. class). Dr. Fink said, "Mr. Donald. Stop trying to look at me through your eyelids!" I would listen to his comments on sermons in the Library just for fun (but also for insights on preaching/speaking).

September 27, 2013

In the mission field and receiving this note late. There is not enough pages to share what he and Mary had been to us. Of the many things in Scriptures, there is a word that was given to a relationship that a man had with God. He was called a friend of God.

Doctor and Professor Fink was many things to many people. Several years ago, they came out to our small island in the Marianas - Micronesia and there they both spent time with us in ministry... our front lines.

That they called us "friends" and that they prayed for us daily, oh.. how that we can say anything else.

Sarita and I loved him Mary. We love you Mary! :-)Tony


Matthew Bryant

September 17, 2013

Dr. Fink truly helped me understand how to study and teach God's Word to others. Impacted my life and others in a way that cannot be fully measured! His presence will be sorely missed here but one of God's champions is finally home.

Deborah Gatz

September 14, 2013

Along with so many others writing in this guest book, I, too, remember being in Dr. Fink's Inductive Bible Study class, but I also know him from the halls of the School of Religion when I worked there part time as a student/secretary in the early 80's.

Both Dr. & Mrs. Fink are people I can mark in my life as those who have encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. Every Christmas we have looked forward to receiving their family updates, and, of course, who can forget the "Wizard of Id" cartoons posted on his office door that originally said "The King is a fink!" and which he changed to "The Fink is a KING!"

He was a prince among men and in my heart I knew that he not only loved the Lord deeply, he deeply loved serving Him. I can imagine him exhorting each one of us to live out II Tim. 1:13,14 as he now looks into the eyes of his Savior and Lord and knows it was all well worth it. With great fondness of memory, Deb Gatz (LU class 1983)