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Rev. Dr. Donald L. Paine is an ordained pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and licensed clinical social worker/psychotherapist in the states of New York and Massachusetts.  He was the senior pastor in New Britain, Connecticut for 11 years and in Albany, New York for 9 years.  In 1995, he became the founder and president of Parakalein Counseling and Consultation Services Inc. in Albany, New York.  In addition to his ongoing counseling and consulting ministry, he preaches and lectures at churches and universities.  He is also the chaplain to the New York City Marathon where he has led a Worship Service for runners with up to 2,000 in attendance on the morning of the marathon.  He has run the marathon and held Worship Services in New York since 1986.  He expanded this ministry to the Honolulu, Nova Scotia, and Quebec City Marathons.  He is a fellow member of the Association of Pastoral Counselors, a member of the Association for Play Therapy, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and the National Association of Social Workers.  He has served on District Executive Committees in two districts, as president of the local Association of Evangelicals, and on the Board of Trustees of Nyack College and Alliance Theological School.  He is an honorary member of Olivet Memorial Alliance Church.  He attends and ministers locally at Stockbridge Congregational Church in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

He graduated from Nyack College  (BA, 1971), Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (M. Div. in Pastoral Psychology, 1974), Andover Newton Theological Seminary (D. Min. in Psychology and Clinical Studies, 1983), and Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work (MSW, 1997). He is licensed in Massachusetts as a LICSW and in New York as a CSW.

The purpose of Parakalein Counseling Services is to provide assistance for people who desire to grow personally and spiritually into positive emotional and spiritual well being.  Care of body, soul, and spirit are pivotal in the development of the whole person.  Christianity provides the foundation.  The “parakaleo,” the Biblical designation of the true counselor, provides the structure of being “called alongside” as a helper in the client’s journey not in an intrusive or directive way but in an authentic and empowering way.  “He blends the heart of a  pastor with the training of a therapist.”



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