Dr. Charles Siburt named VP for Church Relations at ACU
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Abilene Christian University named Dr. Charles Siburt to the newly-created position of vice president for church relations, effective Feb. 1.
Siburt currently serves ACU as Frazer Professor of Church Enrichment; professor of graduate Bible and ministry; associate dean for ministry programs and services; director of the Doctor of Ministry program; and director of the Center for Church Enrichment. He will continue in several of those roles in addition to his new position.
"We want to continually improve our communication and service to churches," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "In this new role, Dr. Siburt will be involved in strengthening ties between ACU and a broad spectrum of Churches of Christ."
Because this appointment is a redefinition, it does not constitute adding an additional position or new hire and will not have an impact on the 2004-05 budget, Money said.
Since 1988, Siburt has worked with churches on behalf of ACU. He regularly consults with churches and ministers, directs programs such as ElderLink and the Minister Support Network, and maintains ACU's ministry resources Web page.
"ACU is committed to serving Churches of Christ in a very supportive and useful way," said Don Crisp, chairman of ACU's Board of Trustees and an elder at Highland Oaks Church of Christ in Dallas. "Dr. Siburt has been a servant to Churches of Christ for many years, and he has a wonderful reputation for helping churches. He is an ideal person for this role."
Because Siburt will now be a member of the president’s cabinet, the new position provides him a voice in decision-making as he represents the interests of churches, Money said.
"The partnership between ACU and supportive congregations is more important than ever," Siburt said. "It is vital for us to be overt and intentional in our communication and service to churches. I envision adding new initiatives while continuing to support the programs and services we already provide."
During recent years, Siburt has served as a consultant for more than 100 churches in Texas, 20 other states, and Canada. Siburt will continue serving as director of the Doctor of Ministry program and programs such as ElderLink and the Minister Support Network, and his office will remain in the College of Biblical Studies. He also will continue to teach in the Graduate School of Theology and serve as the Frazer Professor of Church Enrichment.
"I know of no more qualified person than Charlie to serve in the role of Vice President for Church Relations," said Dr. Jack Reese, dean of the College of Biblical Studies. "There is no greater time than this one for churches and Christian universities to work together for the sake of the Kingdom. Charles Siburt's unique gifts make him the ideal person to be ACU's Vice President for Church Relations. He has a passion for ministry, listens carefully, and has dedicated his life to equipping churches and church leaders to be at their very best."
Siburt holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from ACU and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has been a minister or interim minister at churches in Abilene, Lubbock, Tyler, Austin and Fort Collins, Colo. He serves as an elder at University Church of Christ in Abilene.
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