Reverend Clinton Clark Rabb, 60, passed away on January 17th, 2010. He was rescued from the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after being trapped for approximately 70 hours. He was transported to North Broward Medical Center in Florida where he fought mightily to stay alive, but the trauma that resulted from so many hours of entrapment finally claimed his life.
Clint worked at the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) for 15 years. During this time, he was a missionary in Russia and worked within the areas of evangelism and church growth. He focused on new church initiatives, starting new churches and rehabilitating many congregations that had been politically suppressed. Clint created the In Mission Together program where churches in the United States partner with emerging churches in other countries throughout the world. He helped birth hundreds of new congregations in Southeast Asia, South and Central America, Eastern Europe, and Africa.
He was most recently employed as the Executive General Secretary of Mission Volunteers at the General Board of Global Ministries. In this position, he directed and sent mission volunteers into thousands of ministries throughout the world. Prior to his appointment to the GBGM, he served as pastor in many Texas communities: Fannin Street UMC in Goliad, Malalieu UMC in Cologne, Colonial Hills UMC in San Antonio, McKinley Avenue UMC in San Antonio, Schertz UMC, Dripping Springs UMC, and St. Luke UMC in San Angelo. He also served as the Director of Summer Place in Corpus Christi and as Extension Ministries Chaplain in the Bexar County Prison System.
Clinton Rabb was born in Nyack, New York on July 22nd, 1949. He was raised in Wolfe City, Texas and graduated from Wolfe City High School in 1967. He graduated from Austin College in 1971 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He received a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity University, and a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1974. He was ordained as a United Methodist pastor in 1975.
Clinton was the very loving husband of Suzanne Field-Rabb, father of daughter Maury Rabb of Austin and son Tyler Rabb of San Antonio, and stepfather to Jennylene Scheuch and her husband Gary of Missoula, Montana, Travis Payne of Greenville, South Carolina, Rev. Andrew Payne and his wife Sonja of Texas City, Texas, Daniel Payne and his wife Jennifer of Dallas, Texas, Matthew Payne of Austin, Texas, and Claire Payne of Missoula, Montana. He was the proud granddaddy to Emma and Kate Scheuch, and Cooper Payne. He was the cherished brother of Joel Rabb of Columbus, Ohio, Robert Rabb of Campbell, Texas, and Della Ging of Woodbridge, California.
His life is remembered, honored, and celebrated by countless other relatives and friends.