Born in Philadelphia and
educated there at the Theological Seminary
of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Temple
University, he pastored Reformed Episcopal
churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. At
age 31, his denomination elected him bishop
of the New York and Philadelphia Synod. For
23 years (1948-1971), Dr. Culbertson served
God as president of Moody Bible Institute.
Under his leadership, the Moody Bible Institute
grew steadily, increasing its day school enrollment
to over 1,000 students. Five major buildings
were added to the Chicago campus.
Dr. Culbertson's ministry
extended beyond Chicago as he spoke at Bible
conferences around the world and also served
as president of the Accrediting Association
of Bible Colleges. In 1971, he was appointed
the school's first chancellor. Above all,
he lived in God's Word, and therefore always
had a word from God. As they trained at Moody,
thousands of young people for a quarter of
a century looked to William Culbertson as
their spiritual father because of his godly
His last words, "God...God...yes!"
concluded a life characterized by affirmative
responses to God's commands.