Culbertson to Retire after 25 Years of Service

BETHANY, OK (May 1, 2013) - At the end of the 2012-2013 academic school year, Dr. Howard Culbertson will be retiring from teaching at Southern Nazarene University. Dr. Culbertson is a graduate of SNU, a 15-year missionary veteran, and has been teaching missions at SNU for 25 years.

Dr. Culbertson graduated from SNU, then Bethany Nazarene College, in the late 1960s and immediately began his career serving God in the mission field. His first area of missionary service abroad in Italy in 1974, during his 10 years of service there, the Italian Nazarenes moved to full-self government within their selves. After his years in Italy, he and his wife moved to Haiti in 1984. During their time in Haiti they lived through the revolution that overthrew the Duvalier dictatorship.

Since 1988 Dr. Culbertson has taught at SNU, where he has taught courses in missions, anthropology, linguistics, the expansion of Christianity and World religions as well as many others.

"Our valued colleague, Dr. Howard Culbertson, will soon retire from full-time teaching. Through the more than two decades he has served here, he has been one of the most charismatic and committed professors in our School of Theology and Ministry. I have no doubt that he will find ways to continue serving the Kingdom and God's people in ways He leads him. I can't adequately express my gratitude and that of the university for his faithful service. We wish him the best that God has for him and Barbara in the years ahead," said President Loren Gresham.

Southern Nazarene University would like to thank Dr. Culbertson for his 25 years of service, the legacy he is leaving behind, and the thousands of students he impacted during his tenure.

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.