One afternoon in the Duke Divinity School Library, I had the blessing of speaking with Professor Wainwright. I'm not sure of the year, but I was a student at Duke Divinity School from 1995-99. This is a section of the library that is off to the side and has little traffic. When I ran into him, I spoke to him and addressed him as "Professor Wainwright." He seemed mildly impressed that I knew his name since I had not nor was I ever one of his students. He then took his time with me, and he talked with me for 15-20 minutes. I have never forgotten that day. Dr. Wainwright spoke with me and reminded me that I am important. We spoke about his book "Doxology" and many other things which I don't remember, but I remember how he made me feel. He reminded me that me and my ministry are important. It was one of those events in my Christian journey which I will never forget. Dr. Wainwright was kind, friendly, classy, and exuded grace. I've always remembered him and the kindness and Christian friendliness he showed me that day when it was just me and him in a section of the stacks in a side section of the library. He didn't have to take time to talk with me and make me feel important, but he did. I will never forget him, that day, and his Christian authenticity. Our condolences to his family. You are in our prayers.
Rev. Dr. Barry, Libby, and Georgia Allen
Kings Mountain Chapel UMC
York, South Carolina