Brian E. “Yogi” Durbin

August 04, 1955 ‒ May 04, 2019

Lewis Center

LEWIS CENTER: With his wife, four kids and their spouses by his side, Yogi Durbin breathed his last breath Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Saint Ann’s Hospital in Westerville at the age of 63. He was a loving, fun, loyal, creative, one-of-a-kind person, a wonderful husband, father, Poppy, brother, uncle, friend, and pastor. He loved deeply and is deeply loved by many.

Born Brian Edward Durbin in Mount Vernon to Walter E. and Barbara L. (Thorp) Durbin, nicknamed “Yogi” by his grandma, he was graduated from Lexington High School in 1973. Following the call of God on his life, he attended Moody Bible Institute and served Jesus and His Church with the Christian & Missionary Alliance for 37 years in five different ministries, most recently Hope Church in Westerville.

He is survived by his wife Joy C. (Maugans) Durbin, whom he married March 19, 1977; children Christopher Durbin (Arin) of Lexington, Amber Durbin (Corey Sterling) of Worthington, Scot Durbin (Bridgette) of Columbus, and Ryan Durbin (Lizz) of Landisville, PA; seven grandchildren: Jacoby Sterling, Eden Durbin, Landyn Sterling, Hallie Durbin, Kate Durbin, Oliver Durbin and Declan Durbin; siblings Rod (Sue) Durbin of Lexington, Teresa Durbin of Mansfield, Steve (Valerie) Durbin of Lexington, Michael “Pius” (Sally) Durbin of Mansfield, Patty (Brian) Wade of Bellville and Marty (Mary) Durbin of Mansfield; sister-in-law Vanessa Bryant of Lebanon, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Diana Lynn “Dee” Durbin and a brother Donald Paul Durbin.

The Durbin Family will receive guests Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 2 to 7 pm and Thursday May 9, 2019 from 2 to 7 pm in North Woodbury Alliance Church, 6385 State Route 314, Mount Gilead. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Yogi Durbin will be held Friday at 10 am in the church building. Pastor Dennis Turner will officiate. Interment, awaiting the Resurrection, will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

To honor Yogi’s lifelong passion and efforts of church planting in central Ohio, in lieu of flowers, the family strongly prefers contributions in his memory to the Ohio Valley District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, and may be made at the church.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Yogi’s family. Share a message of support with them online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • To the entire Durbin family…we grieve with you all. May you sense glimpses of love and peace during this time of deep pain.

  • To the Durbin family I am truly very sorry for your loss I went to northmor with Chris and amber.. my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was always making us kids smile and laugh he was a very kind soul… God bless you all…

  • Our hearts are hurting for you all. May you feel the love and peace that everyone is praying for you to have at the very difficult time!

  • Joy and family: My heart aches and prayers are with you and the family as you walk through this valley of grief. Praying you all will feel God’s arms around you and feel the peace only God can give you.

  • Dear Durbin Family we are so sorry for this incredible loss. Yogi was a wonderful man and loved by so many people. He will be missed by all! Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family during these long difficult days ahead. We love you and pray that you will feel God’s loving arms around you every minute of every day and that it will bring you comfort and strength.

  • Joy and Family, Words cannot express how heartbroken we are for you and your family with the loss of Yogi.. He was a wonderful example of Gods love and we will always be so grateful for the friendship we shared with Yogi at North Woodbury Alliance Church. He will be missed but never, ever forgotten.. God bless you and your family during this difficult time of loss…

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our loss is heaven’s gain. God will surely say to Yogi, well done good and faithful servant. Yoga will be missed by so many but his goodness, love, faithfulness, kindness, sweet spirit will live on through his wonderful family. Yoga was so special and so are all of you. Love and appreciate all of you. Bill and Kathy Pierson and family.

  • We also love the Durbin family ! Pam and I moved to Chicago in the same moving truck to follow God’s call on our lives with Yogi and Joy! We spent many hours together in our early marriage years and have so many great memories! We stood outside the delivery room when Yogi nearly passed out after being told yet another baby was coming… it was twins! Yogi and I enjoyed basketball, sailing on Lake Michigan and other sports during college at Moody Bible Institute! We had lots of great times together in college ! Then ministry took us to different states and our lives moved in different directions. We actually came back to Ohio and lived next door to Yogi and Joy and I flew many of his church members on mission trips to Haiti. We will never forget this wonderful man, his precious wife and kids and how many lives they’ve touched like ours! We are sorry to miss the service but will be with all of you as you celebrate his home-going . Yogi… you beat us there but praise God, we WILL meet again! Love from all the family, Tim and Pam Hahn

  • My heart is heavy for the Durbin family. I met Yogi through Amber while attending youth group at NWAC and bible studies with Amber at their home. They were all so warm and welcoming. When people say he was an amazing man, I feel he was much, much more than that. My thoughts and love go out to his family in their time of mourning.

  • So sorry for the loss of this man, but appreciate God has his own timing. May your memories be precious and may you see the impact he had on so many lives. He was a gifted man!

  • Dear Joy and family,
    So many memories of Yogi and you through the years. Beginning at First when both Yogi and Tim told how God had called them to go to Moody and prepare for ministry, through the years as we kept hearing of the miraculous ways God provided for you, and the as you came back to serve at North Woodbury.
    But my gratitude and most favorite memories are from the times at Heartland as Bob was dealing with physical and diminished mental issues. I always noticed that when he saw Yogi he literally “lit up”. He would listen to Yogi when it was difficult to get him to do things.
    Yogi’s life was always a beautiful picture of Jesus in every single way and because of that many will be in Heaven. Love, Elizabeth Dawson

  • My sincere condolences to all the family.I am happy for him but sorrow for you.He was a humble God fearing man and will be sorely missed.We’ll meet again.

  • Our hearts are heavy for the Durbin family during this difficult time of the loss of Yogi. He was a childhood friend, a co-worker in the gospel and partner in ministry. Even though he is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we all miss him. Our prayers are with the Durbin family. We have great hope for our future. One day soon, we will all be reunited with him to celebrate at the marriage supper of the lamb. Well done, Yogi, good and faithful servant. Enter into your reward…

  • Dear Joy and family,

    We loved Yogi and grieve with you our loss. But we know you will miss him so much more and cannot begin to comprehend your grief. We pray that our Good Shepherd will comfort you with His presences and sustain you with His promises as you walk through this valley together. We want to assure you of our love and prayers as we will miss the chance to grieve with you during these days.

    With our deepest sympathy, love and prayers,

    Andrew & Esther Schaeffer
    Burkina Faso, West Africa

  • So grateful to know Yogi! Tremendous energy and such a positive presence! Eternity will reveal the thousands of lives he touched! Gods peace to the family!
    Dr Don Lichi

  • Joy, Chris, Amber, Scot and Ryan – our hearts go out to you and all of the family. Yogi meant a lot to us and he will be sorely missed. My NWAC days have such wonderful memories of Yogi and all of you. God has an amazing man in his presence now and we will all meet again in the future.

    God Bless you,
    Lori, Mike, Greg and Matthew Vanderpool

  • Dear Joy and family
    We have many fond memories of yogi. We are grateful for the his kindness to us over the years first as missionary’s and later in the district. Working with Ron on different committees. Also the short time in Florida at pastor Hays church. You guys Graciously meeting for lunch when we where down to visit Kim’s mom.
    His love for the Lord and souls coming to Jesus always shown through. Joy as you face a difficult new chapter our prayers are with you. Love in Christ always,
    Ron and Kim Croyle

  • Dear Joy and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss and pray for God’s comfort and peace to surround you. We celebrate his life with you as we have such sweet memories of times spent at District pastors & wives retreats and District Conferences. Yogi was an inspiration to so many and touched so many lives. He will be dearly missed. We are praying for strength for you and your family as you begin this new journey.
    We love you,
    Jerry and Brenda Lewis

  • Yogi impacted my life and obviously the lives of many others as is evident by the many comments. As I look back I realize he truly loved and cared about the people in his world. In my humble opinion, that is what Jesus has asked us to do. What a legacy.

  • Chris and Durbin Family , you are in our prayers at this difficult time. We pray you are flooded with wonderful memories, comforted by your faith and surrounded by those who love you all.

    Love, Reitler family

  • Our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the Durbin family. Praying for His peace with you.

  • Joy, I’m praying for you and your family. Yogi was such a fine pastor. I learned much under his leadership during my time at North Woodbury. My heart goes out to you and your family. God bless you.

  • I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Yogi. He was a great person and when our families would get together on different occasions, he always made everyone laugh and made everyone feel welcome. He recently came to my fathers showing to pay his respects and that meant so much to me and my family. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayer go to out to the Durbin family.

  • Durbin family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you all have great missions to go on and complete and Yogi will be looking down on you in his proud way encouraging you. He has fought the good fight and won his race, but his work will not soon be forgotten. May you all take comfort in that. Prayers of peace and comfort for you in this time.

  • Our family always had such respect and admiration for Yogi, and the whole family. His sense of joy and charisma made you want to get close! When he got up to speak at a gathering like District Conference, you knew he had the attention of all present and would speak so persuasively; he was such a gifted leader. I learned a lot from him.

    Our hearts ache for each of you who are his physical family; as his great big spiritual family, we are grieving with you and looking forward to a grand reunion one day. I’m guessing that he and my Dad are already catching up :).

    We’re asking Jesus to wrap his strong arms around you and to strengthen you with his promises. Love and hugs from all of us Schaeffers,

    Jonathan

  • We are so sad with you, and have been praying for you as you walked such a difficult road. Yogi was so well-liked, so respected, and so well-loved. We are continuing to pray for all of you. Dinita and Tim Feather

  • Dear Joy and family,
    There are no words to express my heartfelt sorrow for you.
    Yogi truly was one of the best.
    Barna and I loved going to Hope before we moved. We embraced Yogi’style of preaching the true word of God. He was always so kind to us.
    Know that my prayers will be with all until I am called home.
    Love,
    Connie Lukacs

  • Dear Joy and family,
    There are no words to express my heartfelt sorrow for you.
    Yogi truly was one of the best.
    Barna and I loved going to Hope before we moved. We embraced Yogi’style of preaching the true word of God. He was always so kind to us.
    Know that my prayers will be with all until I am called home.
    Love,
    Connie

  • It was a joy to know and serve with Yogi. He brought joy wherever he went. The favor of God was upon him and he served His Lord well. He was a blessing to me and helped me be a better man and servant of Christ. I thank God for the privilege of knowing Yogi. We ache with each of you family members. My prayers continue for all of you.

  • Joy and family, First I am speaking for my father Reno Ceschin. He loved Yogi so much and always loved going on visitation with him. He prays for you Joy and all four of your children. He had the privilege of teaching SS 4th grade to them at NWAC. I often heard my mom and dad say how good Yogi preached today! Dad is praying for your family. Now from me, my children Joshua, Rachel and Caleb Bell grew up with the Durbin kids at church and collage. I will never forget Yogi and Joy always opening their home for my kids. Yogi was my Paster and my family’s Paster. I pray God surrands you with his love and comfort during this time of sorrow. I thank you and Yogi for being there for my dad when mom passed. You are in our prayers. Mollea (Ceschin) Frank

  • Dear Durbin Family,
    I played softball with Yogi in the Ft. Myers Senior Softball League during your stay in Florida. He played outfield right next to me. He was such a joy to be around. Everyone he played with though so highly of him. As a professional videographer, Yogi had me videotape a funeral at his church and I could see how powerful a preacher he was. You could also feel his compassion and love of the Lord.
    May you find strength in knowing that you were blessed to have such a wonderful man in your lives. Yogi is now running the bases with wings of angels.

  • Joy, Chris, Amber, Scotty, Ryan, and Family,

    While I can’t believe that he’s truly no longer on this earth, I can imagine him hitting homerun after homerun in some heavenly softball game. Because of all the time I spent in your home while I was growing up, I feel deeply with all of you. I pray that this is another one of his moments to bring people closer to Christ. And I pray that all of you will be able to feel God’s comfort through the weeks ahead.

    Stephanie Lippi

  • Sending prayers and love to Joy and the family as you journey through these difficult days. We are praying for God‘s peace and hope as you celebrate the wonderful man you all loved.
    Dave & Kathy Vandenbergh

  • What a blessing Yogi and your family have been to all of us at Mansfield Christian School. We are so grateful for the time that we have had with Yogi, his children, and grandchildren. Please know that all of us at MCS are praying earnestly for all of you, and our hearts are filled with both shared grief in missing Yogi and shared joy in His presence with our Savior.

    Cy Smith
    Superintendent

  • Dear Joy and wider family
    Marcia and I were grieved here in the U.K. to hear that Yogi is with the Lord. We both have fond memories of being at BB family camp and I appreciated his friendship and passion for the things of the Lord when we served in the central district.

    Much love in Christ Andrew & Marcia Berry

  • Dear Joy and family,
    Robert and I are beyond shock at the hearing of Yogi’s transfer to his heavenly home. However heavy our hearts are for y’all, we can’t help but think of the fulfilled promises of God that Yogi is now experiencing.
    We are so thankful to God that He gave us the privilege of meeting you and Yogi. We were blessed to have such wonderfully kind people in our home. We also loved meeting Amber and Corey and your sweet grands, Jacoby and Landyn.
    He was so proud of all of you and his love for you Joy, was very evident.
    We are praying that your broken heart will be mended through the prayers of those that love you, as they are heard by the God who created you, and that you will be comforted by the Savior that redeemed you. Love, Robert and Annette

  • Dear Joy and family,

    So very sorry to hear of your loss at this time. Even though we know Yogi is with Jesus, yet it is those left on earth that have to move through the grief and transition. Just want you to know that I love you and am praying for you. May God comfort each one in your family.

    Susan Bernard

  • Dear Durbin Family,
    I am so very sorry for your indescribable loss. May the peace of Christ that passes understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
    I was blessed beyond measure when the Lord allowed me to be born in Lexington and to grow up in a family that pointed me towards God from day one. Lexington meant lifelong friendships that included the Durbin family. The movie, Sandlot was much like our childhood. I am so grateful for those who loved Yogi and pointed him towards Jesus. From a distance I have heard of the far reaching effects of his work for the Lord. I am humbled and grateful.
    I am so happy for the reunion awaiting us by God’s design and grace. We are grass……and in Buffalo we know that means we see grass about six months before its gone. So real soon now it will be my turn.
    Yogi, thanks for representing the King so well. He transformed your life and you were alot like Him! I’ll see you soon.
    Mike Bowers,
    Clarence Center, NY

  • Deepest sympathy to the Durbin family, such a difficult time. Prayers you each find comfort in knowing his feet are now on heavens shores

  • Dear Durbin Family, the entire Clever family spread all over the U.S. morn with you. He was so special to our family and know how much he meant to my Grandmother Laurann, my Father and Uncles. Because I grew up all over the Midwest I only met Yogi a few times when I was very little but as I grew I remember my Grandmother always liked to talk about Yogi and heard many, many stories of him and my Uncle Al’s adventures growing up in Lexington. It wasn’t until my Grandmother’s passing that I was able to get to know him better. He truly made a huge impact on my son Michael who was 9 and having trouble understanding what was happening to his Great-Grandmother. My son really took a liking to Yogi and over a few days they enjoyed teasing each other about Pittsburgh sporting teams vs Ohio teams and even presented my son a Cleveland Browns sweatshirt at my Grandmother’s funeral. It meant so much to him and wore it about 2-3 times a week from then on. I know each time he puts on that sweatshirt he’ll think of Yogi so fondly and we’ll never forget his kindness and compassion.

  • Yogi was an amazing man of God with a passion for those without Christ. I always admired his energy, consistency, and integrity. He will be greatly missed by his district, his denomination, and those of us who loved him. So glad we have NOT seen the last of Yogi because we will meet again over on the other shore where sorrow, sickness, and death can no longer touch us. We are praying for Joy, the children, and the extended family.

  • I am so sorry for your aching hearts as everything has so dramatically changed in such a short amount of time. I cannot image your pain but please know I am so sincerely saddened for your loss. Yogi was special. He lived his life as a testament to honoring God, honoring marriage, honoring family, honoring a calling to serve, while showing strength, leadership and an incredibly joyful spirit doing it all. I pray your hearts find peace as you go through this journey of grief. Lean on one another. And know you are his living legacy and that’s a gift you will carry with you forever. Hugs and love to you all- Amber Boedeker

    Class of 2001 Huntington University.
    Chris & Arin…as close friends for many years, my thoughts and prayers are especially with you. I love you both and I’m so so so so sorry. Give your mom a hug for me.

  • Rod and family,

    We loved hearing about Yogi and are deeply sorry for your loss. But we also rejoice with the heavens to know there is an Angel such as Yogi to help with the mission from above.

    Sincerely, Bryan and Cyndy Barney

  • Dear Joy and Family, In the short time we have gotten to know Yogi at Hope Church, he was there for my adoptive daughter when she accepted Christ at 14, when my husband had brain surgery in NC and we found out he had cancer, Yogi flew down to be with us, he lifted me up when I had a long hospital stay, and of course he made every church chili cook-off, life group kick-off and cookie exchange so much fun with his planned games and his amazing presence! We are so blessed that we were lead by such a Christ-like man! We will miss him dearly!

  • Joy and family. My heart is so heavy for you all. I grieve with you, knowing what a tremendous hole his absence has made on your lives.

    Because you have been left to live without him here on earth, you will grieve. You will mourn. There is no right or wrong way to mourn and there is no time limit to grief. Grieve in your own way. God will bring healing!

    Our saving grace is KNOWING that Yogi is with our Lord. He is whole. He is happier than we can begin to imagine. And he is at peace…sweet, sweet peace.

    Much love to each one of you,

    Tammy (Shock) Ransdell

  • We were so sad to hear of Yogi’s passing straight to heaven. He was an incredible man of God and many, many are going to heaven because of his life’s testimony. Health issues may keep us from attending, but our hearts and spirit and prayers will be with Joy and the family. We were blessed to have known and been pastored by Yogi. Bill and Carol Morrow

  • We are so sorry to hear of yogis passing. For some strange reason we were believing God for the miracle of his further surviving on this earth, but God has seen fit to give him the greater blessing and catching up into his very presence. I admired Yogi from afar and often found myself impressed with his charisma, leadership, and communion with all the brothers and sisters of the Central District of the Christian and missionary alliance. I learned much from watching him and carry a heaviness in my heart for all of your family. Our prayers are with you and our love is very real. The Lord grant you supernatural peace and may our resurrected Lord comfort your heart with the words he spoke to his disciples “peace be with you.”

  • We are so sorry for your loss! We are upholding all of you in prayers!
    Gayle and Vicki Keppeler

  • We little knew that morning
    God was to call your name.
    In life we loved you dearly,
    in death we do the same.
    It broke our hearts to lose you,
    You did not go alone.
    For part of us went with you
    The day God called you home.
    You left us beautiful memories,
    Your love is still our guide,
    And though we cannot see you,
    You are always at our side.
    Our family chain is broken,
    and nothing seems the same,
    But as God calls us one by one,
    The chain will link again.
    So very sorry to hear of Yogis passing. My heart aches for his family but it brought to mind this poem. I also won’t forget when he did the eulogy for my cousin Toni. He said ….no one else will have a Yogi and Mogi do a eulogy. And Elvis playing in the background. Prayers

  • I didn’t know Yogi well, but Peggy and Bob Jenkins are dear friends. Through Peggy, I heard quite a lot about Yogi and the influence he had on their lives. And I did meet him on numerous occasions, one of them being Peggy’s funeral. I was so sad to hear of his passing from Earth into eternity, and I can so imagine Peggy’s joy and excitement to greet him as he passed the threshold into true life! I pray that the hope of the Great Reunion that awaits God’s children will be a sustaining and true strength and comfort as you walk through your deep valley of suffering and grief.

  • Seeing Yogi”s name affiliated with the title Obituary, is so hard to read, comprehend and accept! I am so sorry for the loss you feel and the void his death has made in your hearts. With the death of mom just last year, I understand why Jesus wept with the death of Lazarus. Jesus knew the pain that the family of Lazarus was feeling. Jesus knew the death of Lazarus would forever change his family. Jesus knows your pain. We know your pain. We understand the overwhelming pain of grief you are feeling. We are weeping with you. My comfort has been knowing we WILL see them again. You have peace because you are with God. I pray for strength! I pray he will give you New strength that you will feel, to help you through this horrible time. I am so sorry you are going through this.

  • With so many comments and reflections on the life of Yogi, I finally have a little peace about it all in that he never had to stop doing what he loved. From ministry to softball he loved it all. From kids to grandkids he was blessed to have them all. He never loved just to be loved. He claimed the promise of Jesus and shared it in more ways than I ever imagined a guy could share. To say he will be missed understates what we all feel. A little more time would have been great but he sure gave us all a lot of what Jesus has blessed him with.

  • Dear Durbin Family, Even though I moved away 20 years ago, there is hardly a day goes by that Yogi and Joy don’t come into my thoughts in some way. Most often its in the way I interact with people who cross my path that find themselves in hard places. I’ll never forget the 1st day I walked into NWAC with my 3 daughters and was greeted with a smile, a hug and a we’re glad you’re here. Later that week, I received a call from Joy asking if I would meet with her and Yogi. At that meeting after sharing my story and why I was looking for a new church, Yogi looked me in the eye and said “God loves you and we are going to help you feel safe and love you through this mess.” At the end of our meeting, Yogi and Joy prayed with and for me. I can’t remember what words were said, but at that moment I felt the Holy Spirit in that room and as Joy held my hand and prayed, I felt as though an angel was holding my hand. For the first time in years I had peace. Life was still hard, but I had been given hope. You chose a small group for me, and they kept me grounded in the Word and I continued to find hope. Joy, I’m sorry that you will not have Yogi at your side here on earth and your children will not have their father. That will be so hard. I have never met anyone like Yogi. But I know that Yogi’s legacy will live on and the ministry that your family has had and will have will be evident for many, many years. Love to all, Bobbi (Wigton) Claypoole

  • It is with great sadness that I heard the news of Yogi’s death. My deepest regard goes to the family, in their time of sorrow. I remember with great fondness of the times we spent on the ball field, and hope he has a pick up game going when we meet again.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead

  • I’ll never forget the day my dad drove to Indiana to encourage Yogi to take the pastorate at North Woodbury. Charlie Lanker, my dad‘s buddy, was also involved.

    Yogi was an electric person. He always had a smile and sometimes a good joke. He couldn’t tell ‘em quite like my dad.

    I too have come to Heaven’s Gate. As I peered in it was so amazing I would lose my breath and cry uncontrollably. Yogi knows now what was on my mind.

    “ Eye has not seen nor ear heard …”

    Love to the Durbin‘s,

    Bill Allen

  • Joy and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Yogi first from when I was back at First Alliance. Watching through the years how God has used you in His service has been a blessing and inspiration to us as well.
    But all of that doesn’t take away the pain of loss. Only God’s grace can keep you there. We will be praying for you all. Gos give you His grace right now.
    Bruce and Sue Rothacher

  • Joy and family, and the extended Durbin family, I am so sorry for your loss. Yogi and I were close all thru school. We spent lots of time at each other’s houses growing up; I liked the hustle and bustle of the Durbin household- always a basketball game or something going on- and I think maybe Yogi liked a little quiet time at my house. We drifted apart as we got older (my loss) but Mom would let me know of his accomplishments. Mom adored Yog and I was so grateful that he was there to speak for her at her funeral and that we had a chance to talk. Yogi was a steadfast and true friend and a fine man. I hope your faith and your memories of Yogi give you some comfort. I am grateful for the time I had with him and that he was my friend.
    Al Clever

  • Amber and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a tremendous life your father lived. May your family find comfort & peace in the days a head. He touched many lives. Left this world a better place. Thoughts and prayers for your entire family and friends.

    Dorene Moore

  • Love and prayers for Yogi’s family and friends. His energy, service, commitment, and love for Christ drove him in every endeavor and activity. I feel blessed to have known the Durbin family. Each Durbin offspring has the same spirit and strength that was taught to and modeled for them by their parents/grandparents. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

  • To Joy and Family,

    We were so saddened to hear of Yogi’s death. He was a great friend to me and was always so supportive to me at Northmor. Yogi was blessed by Jesus to be an awesome pastor. husband. father, and friend. I wish there were more Yogi’s like him to share the messsage of God’s love to such a needful world. Our prayers will continue to be with you, praying that Jesus will hold you in the ” palm of His hands ” both now and the days ahead.

    May you rest in peace, my friend, and enjoy the crowns bestowed by Jesus that you so richly deserve.

    Larry and Ellen Cawley

  • Our hearts were breaking as we followed your journey of the past three weeks. We are comforted knowing that you and we do not grieve as those who have no hope, but are confident in an eternity of glory. We remember with such respect, admiration and gratitude to God for Yogi’s (and Joy’s and the family’s!) fruitful ministries in Ohio and Fort Myers. We praise God for a life lived for His glory and devoted to the gospel — a life lived with abandon and energy to the very end.
    Joy, we love you and have you prayerfully in our hearts. Our friend’s passing is our grief but his glory.
    Times like these raise significant theological questions, like, “Will there be softball in heaven?” We think so, but if not, some engagement with a ball, played with the Savior, will far surpass stretching doubles into triples.
    To God be the Glory!

  • We grieve with you and pray peace, strength, and rest for the days ahead. Pasto Yogi will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  • To the entire Durbin Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies with the loss of Yogi. He was certainly a man who lived as a good example to all of us. He lived as a strong family man and as a man with strong spiritual beliefs. He will be missed. Greg and Jane Butler

  • My heart is broken for you Joy and I love you all and I’ll be praying for your sweet family. Yogi was there for me when I was going through my divorce and it meant so much. We prayed for you all and will continue to pray for you all in our Bible study. I went to visit Merrilee and Lanny went to heaven on January 20, 2019 and she sends her love and condolences as does Cathy Schaffer..

  • Our hearts have been touched by knowing you, Joy, and Yogi, and we were shocked to hear of his passing into the Lord’s presence. Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord’s presence, comfort and peace be with you.
    Stan and Cheryl Sanger

  • Joy and family, I am so sorry for your loss, our loss, as a Christian community who lost someone who lived and loved so well. Praying for God’s Presence to comfort and carry you through this difficult time. I learned so much from the time I was at Woodbury Church. Thanking you and Yogi for your love and grace you gave me while there. God richly bless and comfort you.
    love, Teresa