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Dr. Kenneth M. Culbertson, Jr.

  • On September 13, 2022
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Dr. Kenneth M. Culbertson, Jr. went home to be with Jesus on September 11, 2022. He is survived by his wife Patty (Whitling); daughter Kelly Tatum, son-in-law Chuck, granddaughter Kenna, grandson Noah and fiancée Ailsa Poling; son Derek, daughter-in-law Jessica, grandson Ethan, granddaughter Olivia; and daughter Erin. Preceding him in death were his parents Kenneth and Jacqueline Culbertson, brother Kevin and sister-in-law Jane; grandparents Clyde and Jean Culbertson and Gladys and William Wilson.

Ken graduated from Oil City High School and went on to earn a B.A. at Washington and Jefferson College. Called to ministry, he continued his education at Nazarene Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master’s in Divinity. Later, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree at Drew Theological Seminary.

He ministered for fourteen years in Ohio before becoming the pastor of the South Hills Church of the Nazarene in Bethel Park, serving that congregation faithfully for thirty-six years. During his pastorates, he was elected to various district leadership positions, including trustee of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. Ken also had a heart for the inner city and developed great friendships while serving with his brothers in Duquesne, Word on the Street, Light of Life, and Changing One Man at a Time conferences. After retiring, he preached weekly for nearly a year at the New Brighton Church of the Nazarene. Throughout his ministry, he was supported by his wife and family, whom he considered to be his first church.

Another of Ken’s passions was teaching and mentoring ministerial students. He was not only an outstanding teacher but also an encourager and supporter. He went the extra mile to help students complete their degrees and be equipped as servant-leaders. He also loved to study, write, and preach. Often, on weekday mornings, he would be at McDonald’s preparing for sermons and end up sharing in other people’s journeys. He was never too busy to listen to others. On Sundays, after preaching in the worship service, he would teach a Sunday school class, and, in the evening, lead a time of worship, discipleship, and fellowship. During the week, he led Bible studies, conducted meetings, and enjoyed speaking for various groups within the church and community. He exemplified the ministry of presence by being with people during their joyful celebrations and sorrowful seasons of life. Many people simply called him “Pastor.”

Preaching God’s Word always brought immense joy to Ken. Even in his last days when he seldom could speak intelligibly, miraculous times occurred when he unexpectedly prayed for someone who was there to pray for him or, on one occasion, spontaneously shared biblical truths with friends who had stopped by to visit. His final message was to “Love like Him.” Ken not only preached that message clearly but exemplified it throughout his life so well.

A memorial service will be held at Waterdam Church in Canonsburg at a later date, and interment will be at Brandon Cemetery in Seneca.

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5 Comments

Jerry obarski
Pastor Culbertson was our pastor when we lived in Pennsylvania and married my daughter. We will miss him and offer prayers to Patty and his family for strength during this difficult time.
Nick Mucci
So grateful for his presence in my life and the life of my family. Well done Pastor, thank you. Love you Culbertsons.
Pamela Hill
You have our sympathies, Culbertsons. We have fond memories of Pastor Ken and the time we spent with him and your family at SHCN. May the Lord be close to all of you in your grief. I know you are also rejoicing that He is with the Lord!
Chris Culbertson
I am so sorry for your loss. Patty and Rusty are my aunt and uncle. I'm sorry that our family was so strained and screwed up. When we did get to see each other, Rusty always made things better. I think of you all often and will continue to pray for you Patty and the kids. If anyone was making it to heaven it sure was Rusty. I know you are looking down on us and I hope you always understood why we were not always in touch. Fly high my uncle.
Jean Fischer Kuhn
Patty and family so sorry to hear of Rusty passing. I have so many happy memories of all of the family gatherings at Grandma and Grandpa Culbertsons. The years go fast, I still have pictures from your wedding. Rusty always had that twinkle in his eyes and was such a positive force. He definitely was a messenger for Christ. Love and Prayers Cousin Jeanie Fischer Kuhn
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