Memorial Service in New York City Set for Mission Leaders Who Died in Haiti
January 27, 2010—A memorial service for the Rev. Samuel W. Dixon and the Rev. Clinton Rabb is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, at 3:00 p.m. at the Riverside Church in New York City.
The two clergymen, both executives with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, died as the result of injuries received in the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12.
The service will be at Riverside, which has a large sanctuary, to accommodate the many people at Global Ministries and the ecumenical community who want to pay their respects to two deeply revered Christian leaders.
Riverside Church is located immediately north of the Interchurch Center, where Global Ministries has offices. Dixon was head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a division of Global Ministries, and Rabb was in charge of the Office of Mission Volunteers.
"This memorial will provide an opportunity for our staff and the many friends of Sam Dixon and Clint Rabb to pay tribute to our colleagues," said Bishop Joel N. Martinez, interim general secretary of Global Ministries. "It will bring closure to our association with each of them. Sam and Clint were much beloved within and beyond Global Ministries."
Dixon and Rabb, along with others, were in Haiti to explore ways to improve health services and the agricultural outlook of the desperately poor country. A group of six humanitarian agency representatives were pinned for 55 hours under concrete when a hotel lobby collapsed upon them. The other four persons survived. Dixon and Rabb were alive when rescue workers found them: Dixon died before he could be physically freed; Rabb died later in a Florida hospital.
Funeral services were held for Dixon in Raleigh, North Carolina, on January 22 and for Rabb in Austin, Texas on January 23.