Howard Culbertson: personal stuff

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Barbara Culbertson

Biographical Sketch

Here's the "official" biographical sketch.

Dr. Howard Culbertson spent 25 years as missionary-in-residence at Southern Nazarene University where he taught missions. In addition, Dr. Culbertson was involved with many of the university's short-term missions efforts. He directed Commission Unto Mexico, a large annual evangelistic/medical/construction thrust. In 2013, Dr. Culbertson and his wife went for a second four-month stint in Ecuador, South America.

A veteran missionary for the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Culbertson spent nearly 15 years overseas. The Culbertsons served for almost a decade in Europe. Most of that time they lived in Florence, Italy.

In l984 they went to the Caribbean. Dr. Culbertson became mission director in Haiti, where Christianity has seen explosive growth. Besides evangelistic thrusts, hundreds of Haitian Nazarene churches run economic and farming aid projects, medical work, and elementary schools.

A native Arkansan, Dr. Culbertson grew up in Oklahoma. He graduated from Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. In l986, while a missionary to Haiti, he completed a doctorate in missions at Denver Seminary. Widely known for his missionary writings, Dr. Culbertson's most recent books are Giving That Transforms and Discovering Missions. Earlier ones include The Kingdom Strikes Back and Our Balanced Attack: How Nazarenes Finance World Evangelism.

The Culbertsons began their missionary service in Italy in l974. During their nearly 10 years of service there, the Italian Nazarenes moved to full self-government. After moving to Haiti in 1984, they experienced the revolution that overthrew the oppressive Duvalier dictatorship.

At SNU Dr. Culbertson taught missions, including courses in anthropology, linguistics, the expansion of Christianity and world religions.

Besides English, the Culbertsons speak Italian, French, Haitian Creole and Spanish.

Trivia note: The name of Dr. Culbertson's D.Min. project thesis is "Using Theological Education by Extension to Teach Biblical Theology In Haiti."

As I sat down to breakfast some time ago with then then Nazarene General Superintendent Jerry Porter, he silently handed me a note. On it was written: "I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow doesn't look good either.

    -- Howard Culbertson