ProclaimingTheLord is a
ministry of Jesus Christ given to Roy Corbin who previously served
in the Holston Conference of the United
Methodist Church for 31 years. (See
I am excited about this new call of God in my life and my
greatest desire is to lift up Jesus so
that the Kingdom of God will grow with disciples of Jesus who in
turn will offer Christ to the world.
My wife, Ruth, has played
the piano for us to have worship and praise in the churches for all
of the years and is a very vital part of
our ministry for Jesus Christ!
ProclaimingTheLord: Philippians 2: 9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted
Him, and given Him a name which is above
every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in
earth, and things under the earth; And
that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)
committed to not only to lifting up Jesus in the church but also in the
community. It is our responsibility to provide leadership and give back to the
community as much as we possibly can.
Rev. Corbin has extensive experience in teaching the Word of God and in
special workshops around the world has taught subjects such as “Prayer and
Fasting”. We will be listing events on this page in the coming weeks and
months, so please check back frequently to see if we will be in your area. If you have any questions or concerns, please
visit our Contact Us section to speak with us.
Welcome to the website of Rev-Roy, a Retired United Methodist Pastor in the
mountains of Virginia.
Retiring After 31 Years Of Service".
Reverend Roy H. Corbin, pastor since 1979 of the United Methodist Churches in
St. Charles and Robbins Chapel, is retiring after 31 years, with this Sunday,
June 20, 2010, Father’s Day, being his last appointment.
Corbin recently wrote in a retirement document: “I entered the St. Charles
United Methodist Church for the first time on a cool morning in the spring of
1947, in the arms of my mother, Loraine Corbin. His father was Roy S. Corbin, a
coal miner. In January, I had been born in a house 100 yards away in sight of
the church. I’m sure no one present that morning had any idea that many years
later I would become their pastor (in July, 1979). Some present that first
morning were still attending St. Charles Church, and I would later officiate at
their funeral service. Etta Goins loved to introduce me to her friends as her
pastor and would tell them, “I knew him before he was born”.
He has had other work - 3-4 months at Inland Steel, Chicago, Illinois;
Chrysler Airtemp, Dayton, Ohio (six years); and Peoples Life Insurance, nearly
six years in Lee County (1974-79); and he served one year as Sergeant E-5 with
the U.S. Army in Vietnam (August 1966-67) as fire director officer for
artillery – but in July 1979, he accepted his calling to the ministry.
He has been in church since he was a little boy, at the “old Bonny Blue
Church” and was Sunday School Superintendent at St. Charles before becoming
”I am thankful for the call of God in my life to preach the gospel and to the
Methodist Church for calling me to be the pastor of the St. Charles and Robbins
Chapel Circuit,” he wrote, adding, “The two churches have been and remain a
tremendous blessing in my life.”
He said that the one God chose to be his life-long soul-mate and helper in his
ministry was Ruth Turner, born in the house next door to the church, and they
were married in 1967. “There are no words to adequately express the love and
appreciation I have for Ruth”. We have been blessed with two beautiful
daughters. Rachel is married to Dr. Charles Lafon, a teacher at Texas A&M,
and they have given us two granddaughters and one grandson; and Rebecca is
married to Dr. Eric Stickle, a doctor of chiropractic medicine, and they have
given us four grandsons and one granddaughter. Rachel and her family live in
Texas while Rebecca and her family live in Lynchburg.
”It is very humbling to have been used of God to bring hundreds to His Kingdom
in the almost 31 years Ruth and I led the two churches. There have been many
ups and downs, but the victories for Christ have far outweighed the defeats. I
love Jesus with all my heart and will continue to serve Him and the Kingdom. Someone
said to me, ‘I didn’t think Preachers retire’. My reply was ‘Preachers don’t,
but Pastor’s do!’ I don’t think I shall ever quit preaching the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, and I know that my love for the United Methodist Church and the people
called Methodist will never cease.”
Corbin said last week that he intends to remain in the ministry, filling in
for other ministers.
He said the churches have allowed him to travel around the world with World
Evangelism and the World Methodist Evangelism Institute with Dr. H. Eddie Fox,
Dr. George (Sonny) Morris and Dr. Winston Worrell preaching and teaching the
gospel in at least 45 countries with more than 65 trips.
He said he has been on six continents, on 65 trips in and out of the country
and has been in more than 45 countries, some more than once, where he conducted
the school of evangelism and did videographer work on the trips. Some of the
countries he has traveled to are India, Malaysia, Russia, England, Australia,
Caribbean, South Africa and Israel.
He said eight staff members travel on the missions, accompanied by 12-24
seminary students. The people in the countries are very receptive to their
presence, he added.
Corbin, who said he is in excellent health, graduated high school at St.
Charles in 1965, finishing Mountain Empire Community College with honors in
1982 and leaving with a degree in General Business. He then graduated from Duke
University in 1985, taking seminary training during the summer.
He served eight years as a member of the board of directors of the St. Charles
Water and Sewer Authority in the late 1990s and early 2000s, having always been
active in community service.
He enjoys working in flowers and with computers and fishing.
Corbin said the face of the two churches where he has been pastor have
changed, with older ones passing on and younger ones leaving the area, making
the congregation difficult to maintain, but healthy, never the less, with a
very faithful core group remaining. He said the victory far outweighs the
defeats, adding that several men have entered the ministry under his
”I am grateful for the influence, patience and support of all my Clergy peers
in the Holston Conference over the years and to the laity for providing us a
measure of security and dignity in retirement,” he said, adding that the
churches have a pension plan for those 62 years old with 30 years of service,
or at age 65, or 72 (mandatory).
Corbin said, in answer to those who have asked, that he and his wife are very
pleased that his replacement will be Gary and Nancy Perdue, adding that Gary
has been a pastor the past 4-5 years in Coeburn.
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