Our Story

Our mission is to equip and serve church leaders and other Christ-followers for God’s mission in the world. In doing so, we seek to promote constructive and collaborative relationships between churches and Abilene Christian University. We fulfill our mission through four major practices: formation, resourcing, networking, and reflection.

ACU established the Siburt Institute in 2012, reflecting the university’s commitment to engage with congregational leaders and to support and resource the vital work of churches across the nation. Royce Money, ACU chancellor, served as the institute’s first executive director; now Carson Reed serves as executive director for the Siburt Institute and vice president for church relations.

As a team, we work tirelessly to expand our offerings and to address the ever-changing landscape of congregations in the 21st century. For a snapshot of just a few of the ways we have been partnering with churches across the nation, flip through our latest Year in Review.

We invite you to join us on this journey as we prepare for an even brighter future!


The institute bears the name of the late Charles Siburt, who was affectionately known as the “church doctor.” Charles 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.

Dr. Charles Siburt

Dr. Charles Siburt

He joined the ACU faculty full time in 1988 and was one of ACU’s leading voices in churches for over 20 years. Formerly ACU’s vice president for church relations, he 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. Read more.