ACU professor, ‘church doctor’ Charles Siburt dies at 65
Charles A. Siburt Jr., a longtime professor at Abilene Christian University in Texas, once described by his son as a “church doctor,” died July 11 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 65.
ACU Today reports:
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 more than 400 ministers and spouses over the past 15 years through the university’s Ministers Support Network, both designed as proactive and restorative services for church leaders.
“My son says I’m a church doctor,” Siburt once said of his role. “Which means they bring me in to diagnose the situation and prescribe treatments for getting better.”
“These ACU-based ministries – one very public and the other private – have made a profound difference in Churches of Christ because of Charles and his commitment to serving others,” said ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert.
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