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Letter from Danial D. WallaceJune 2, 2011

Rev. Dr. Donald L. Paine, LICSW, AAMFT
Parakalein Counseling and Consultation Services
251 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205

Dear Don,

Today, I write to express my deep gratitude for the services you provided for me. During our nearly three years of counseling, you helped me in ways which are immeasurable. When I first came to you, I felt confused, lost and alone. This was certainly one of the darkest and most depressed periods of my life.

When I first came to you, I had recently been introduced to "parts therapy" and knew immediately this was a format which I could understand and engage in fully. I had no idea of your practice other than you were a member of good standing with AAMFT, which was my first requirement in a counselor. From the very beginning I was drawn to the level in which you helped me develop my understanding of "parts therapy" and a different understanding and acceptance of myself as a result. You taught me to break down and deal with my individual parts. Before, I was usually overwhelmed by attempting to deal with me in totality. The simpler you made the process for me, the more I enjoyed the process and progressed. You taught me to accept responsibility without assessing judgment of my parts. This was a critical turning point for me in therapy and my life.

I put the mechanics of what I learned from you into practice. This is exactly what I have done. At some point the responsibility for my actions had to come from within me. This was my "jumping off' moment. I began dealing with a strong sense of personal accountability and decided you had provided me with all the necessary tools for me to behave in the manner in which 1 so desperately wanted. In the end, my behavior is up to me. I have been doing very well. My feeling towards you is of love and gratitude. You have helped me in ways I would not have been able to imagine. I shudder to think where I would be today, had we not crossed paths.

Sincerely,

Daniel D. Wallace (Dan)


Jocelyn Celestin, Albany Medical CollegeAlbany Medical College
Department of Medicine†† †
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center†† †
215 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, New York 12205
1301 River Street, Suite 106, Valatie, New York 12184
Phone (518) 452-2510 Fax (518) 452-2683

Division of Allergy and Immunology
Jocelyn Celestin, M.D.. Division Head
M. Asghar Pasha, M.D.

May 11, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

I have known Rev. Dr. Donald L. Paine and his wife Debbie for more than five years.

He has ministered in our church in effective, inspiring, innovative, and informative ways. He embodies calmness, compassion, courage, creativity and clarity in the manner and way in which he presents the truths of God's word. Living the grace of God toward all people regardless of anything and living truthfulness as a model before all people regardless of anything is the challenge he presents. These combine in a counter cultural way to call every one of us to live for God. His goal is to live in grace and truth toward all rather than in judgment and deception. His messages are dynamically motivating, biblically sound and personally enlightening.

His focus is always to develop the character of true Christianity in the hearts and minds of people. He also seeks to cultivate the above qualities as the ingredients that create a vibrant and vital community of faith that live the gospel out before others. The power of being present with people is more important than impressing people with the presence of any kind of power over people.

His preaching, teaching, and counseling ministries have benefited our congregation as a whole and many individuals beyond our congregation as well.

We rejoice in and support the working of God in and through the gifts that God has given this man. In the office, in the pulpit, in the church, in the community and in his family he models the "grace and truth" that God has poured into his heart and mind.

Respectfully,
Jocelyn Celestin, MD, FAAAAI
Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Albany Medical College
An Institution of the Albany Medical Center

Rev. Dr. W. David Thomas LetterBethany Community Services
A Way of Life, not Just a Place to Live
10 Phoenix Row Haverhill, Massachusetts 01832† 978-374-2160

20 April 2011

Dear Don:

I am pleased to provide any who may be considering you as a resource for their own personal growth with this letter of reference for you to use as you may see fit.

I am grateful that for the more than thirty-five years we have known each other through our friendship, shared with each other through various levels of education and training, and served with each other through our calling to ministry in the local church.† I have enjoyed your positive spirit, profited from your insight into relationships and process, and worked with you on regional efforts to build people in the truth and spirit of their Christian faith.

The lessons I value most in life have been learned through difficult circumstances.† Several of those have been shared with you and we have enjoyed not only a deepening personal relationship but the value of sharing the struggle with someone who can view our life experience from outside the pain.

You have brought balance between accepting responsibility for my own actions and not assuming responsibility for what I cannot control.† You have helped me to see options when I thought there were none and to think outside the box of my own dark night of the soul.† You have challenged my conceptions and helped me think more clearly about my life.

Surely God has gifted you with special insight and you have well prepared yourself with training that has only enhanced those gifts.† I am confident that those who seek your counsel will find a good listener and an advocate for their emotional and spiritual health.

Cordially,

Rev. Dr. W. David Thomas
President

Bethany Community Services and its affiliates are not for profit corporations that own develop and manage housing and supportive services that provide A Way of Life, not Just a Place to Live for low income seniors

January 7, 2005

To Whom It May Concern,

Re: Rev. Don Paine

I have known Rev. Paine for four years mainly through the worship services he conducts for the runners of the New York City Marathon.† The services occur the first Sunday of each November near the Staten Island entrance to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

Rev. Paine devotes a lot of time and energy in designing and implementing a worthwhile worship program.† He is diligent in preparing enlightening, uplifting, motivating, but Biblically-correct sermons and services for thousands of Christian runners.†† The music he selects for pre-service listening and group singing is joyous and God-glorifying.† The interactive activities he performs with the congregation engage the runners and bring long-lasting smiles to their faces and souls.† His personality touches and inspires many people.

During the rest of the year, Rev. Paine assists worthwhile religious institutions from around the world.† Using his wise business sense, as well as his humbleness, he reaches for assistance from the people he has met through the New York Road Runners Club and other organizations.

I look forward to Rev. Paine's web site.† I am sure that it will provide much important information and help to keep its viewers God-centered.

Sincerely,
Professor Diana R. Thompson (Touro College)
P.O. Box 3161
New York, NY 10017
(212) 368-8293
(917) 913-2873
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In my life, I have met an abundance of people from many walks of life.

Donald Paine is one of the rare few filled with integrity.† He provides a great balance of understanding, wisdom, and support.† Donald is non-judgmental and reassuring to those who have sought his counsel and friendship.† I find his spiritual understanding coupled with his well-rounded viewpoints and ability to explore new avenues extraordinary.† As one who counseled with him, I am deeply grateful for his ability to pull me through a very challenging period of my life.† From a personal standpoint, I am honored to call him friend.

Lisa-Marie Tersigni


I†have come to know Don through our work together on the worship committee for the NYC Marathon.† We have worked together for 13 years coordinating other ministers in order to lead worship for other runners several hours before the marathon begins.† Don is a well organized leader who inspires his fellow ministers as well as the several hundred worshiper-runners who attend the services. His ministry to the marathoners is a vital and important service for them and to share and spread God's Grace.

The Rev. Edward M Hasse, III
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Montvale, NJ


"Rev. Don Paine clearly demonstrates a genuine warmth in and a willingness to carry out the activity of ministry in ways that are both traditional and unorthodox in appropriate and personal ways."

Captain Bob, Captain of a sailboat, The Sabbatical, which sails out of Harwichport's Saquatucket Harbor - on which Rev. Paine provided Wedding Services for a couple in the summer of 2004.


Letter from Rev. Dr. W. David Thomas, President, Bethany Community Services BETHANY COMMUNITY SERVICES
A Way of Life, not Just a Place to Live
10 Phoenix Row Haverhill, Massachusetts 01832† 978-374-2160
8 December 2004

Dear Don:

I am pleased to provide any who may be considering you as a resource for their own personal growth with this letter of reference for you to use as you may see fit.

I am grateful that for the more than thirty years we have known each other through our friendship, shared with each other through various levels of education and training, and served with each other through our calling to ministry in the local church.† I have enjoyed your positive spirit, profited from your insight into relationships and process, and worked with you on regional efforts to build people in the truth and spirit of their Christian faith.

However, as you might well confirm, it has been through our individual struggles shared and thought through that I have come to most respect and appreciate you.† You have brought balance between accepting responsibility for my own actions and not assuming responsibility for what I cannot control.† You have helped me to see options when I thought there were none and to think outside the box of my own dark night of the soul.† You have challenged my conceptions and helped me think more clearly about my life.

Surely God has gifted you with special insight and you have well prepared yourself with training that has only enhanced those gifts.† I am confident that those who seek your counsel will find a good listener and an advocate for their emotional and spiritual health.

Cordially,
Rev. Dr. W. David Thomas, President



Don Paine was my pastor at Bethel Alliance Church in New Britain, CT when I was a student at Nyack College. †Donís ministry played an important role in the formulation of my personal Christian beliefs.† Iíll always be grateful for his ministry to my mother who became a Christian at the age of 56 at Bethel Alliance Church, where she became a committed Christian leader.

Tom Wright, LICSW, Psychotherapist, Westborough, MA


THE CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE
U.S. NATIONAL OFFICE
8595 EXPLORER DRIVE
COLORADO SPRLNOS, CO 80920

Office of the President
September 1995

I heartily recommend Don Paine in the counseling ministry in which he is now full-time. †His theological and counseling training enable him to minister effectively to people in need. His mature and competent approach is greatly needed.

Sincerely,

David L. Rambo
President

DLR:PS



NORTHEASTERN DISTRICT
THE CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE
6275 Pillmore Drive
Rome, New York 13440
Phone 315) 336-4720

November 17, 1994

To Whom It May Concern

I believe that Dr. Donald Paine has the proper gifts and training to be a good pastoral counselor. †Talking to several of his counselees in the last few days evoked much praise and thankfulness for his ministry to them over the last few years. †His counsel to them has been helpful and healing and that is what counseling is about.† His skills to deal with personal problems in counseling seem to come to the forefront in these private sessions.† I would recommend him to you as a pastoral counselor.

If you require further information, please call the District Office.

Woodford C. Stemple
District Superintendent


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