"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
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
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).
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
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.