Long-time ACU professor Dr. Paul Southern dies at
For immediate release
July 20, 1999
ABILENE - Dr. Paul Southern, 98, a longtime professor at
Abilene Christian University and gospel preacher, died
Friday, July 16, 1999. He was born in Stephenville, Texas,
on April 16, 1901.
A 1930 graduate of ACU, Dr. Southern preached for more
than 60 years. He served many churches across the United
States and preached on every continent except Antarctica.
Southern began a 33-year teaching career at ACU in 1937,
and he served as chairman of ACU's Bible department from
1951 until his retirement from ACU in 1970.
While teaching at ACU, he also preached for several
Abilene Churches of Christ, including Central, 1937-45; 16th
and Vine, 1948-57; Woodlawn, 1957-62; and Westgate,
Before joining the ACU faculty and while working on a
master's degree, Southern preached at South Main Church of
Christ in Weatherford, Texas, and at the Armstrong Avenue
Church of Christ in Denison, Texas.
While working on a doctorate degree in the 1940s at
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.,
Southern preached at two Louisville Churches of Christ, the
Napoleon Boulevard. congregation and the Bardstown
In 1986, Southern and his wife, Margaret, were given
ACU's Christian Service Award for a lifetime of dedication
and service to God and their support of Christian
Southern and his wife both attended ACU. After he
received his bachelor's of arts degree in Bible at ACU, he
earned a master's degree from Texas Christian University,
then completed his doctorate degree in 1948 at Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
After retiring from ACU, Southern taught at Columbia
Christian College in Portland, Ore.; European Christian
College in Vienna, Austria; Michigan Christian College in
Rochester, Mich.; Macquarie School of Biblical Studies in
Sydney, Australia; and South Pacific Bible College in
Tauranga, New Zealand. He served as a contributing editor
for noted Christian publications and author for Sweet and
The Southerns traveled extensively, doing mission work
across the United States and in more than 35 nations
throughout the world. Southern preached throughout
Australia and New Zealand. He conducted the first annual
Scandinavian Bible School in 1965. The Southerns also
traveled extensively in the Bible lands and in Western
Southern served in numerous organizations, both locally
and nationally, including the Abilene Council on Alcoholism,
the Texas Association for Mental Health and the National
Council on Family Relations.
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