Formerly ACU’s vice president for church relations, the late Dr. Charles Siburt also served as associate dean for ministry programs and services, O.L. and Irene Frazer Professor of Church Enrichment, director of the Doctor of Ministry program, and director of the Center for Church Enrichment. He joined the ACU faculty full time in 1988.
“I have rarely known any person who was more attuned to God’s calling for him than Charlie. His God-given ministry skills, blended with a personality that could be tender or tough as the occasion demanded, made him one of the greatest servant leaders I have ever known,” said Dr. Royce Money, ACU chancellor and founding director of the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry. “ACU was the perfect place for him to establish his base for ministry outreach to countless people and churches.”
Siburt was a respected churchman who committed his personal and professional life to understanding the complex needs of congregations struggling with communication, conflict resolution, administration, and leadership training. He was a beloved mentor and father figure to countless numbers of students, providing encouragement and counsel long after they transitioned into ministry.
He led ACU’s popular ElderLink Forum program since its inception in November 2000, as well as sabbatical retreats for hundreds of ministers and spouses through the university’s Ministers Support Network, both designed as proactive and restorative services for church leaders.
Siburt earned an associate’s degree from Lubbock Christian University, bachelor’s and M.Div. degrees from ACU, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He did post-graduate studies at Colorado State University, The University of Texas at Tyler and The Menninger Foundation, and was a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
He served as a minister to Churches of Christ in Imperial, Lingleville, Austin (University Avenue), and Tyler (Glenwood), Texas; and Fort Collins, Colo. (Meadow-Lark). Siburt also served as interim preaching minister for Abilene’s Highland Church of Christ from 1990-91 and Lubbock’s Broadway Church of Christ in 1989.