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Kimberly Culbertson - Bloomingdale, IL, US

Kimberly Culbertson Kimberly Culbertson

Bloomingdale, IL, UNITED STATES

Healthy Identity | Authentic Community



Speaker and writer Kimberly Culbertson recasts the story of identity and community. She has taught in the inner city of Chicago, founded a publishing company, and designed group life strategy for both Axis at Willow Creek Community Church and for the newly-launched Mission Church. Currently, she works with Forge America to motivate and train people to be the church rather than simply attend "church." As wife to Ben, mommy to Jack, and family-by-choice to Christa, Zeke, Zekie, and Elli, she is devoted to moving her family toward a full life.

Kimberly is a recovering approval addict, a paint brush loving workaholic, and a walking billboard for hope in all its many manifestations. She is not afraid to admit that she gets a little melancholy when she doesn't make it into a Starbucks for a few days.

Industry Expertise (5)



Religious Institutions

Writing and Editing

Training and Development

Areas of Expertise (7)

Missional Church

Women's Identity

Self Image

Small Groups

Authentic Community



Accomplishments (1)

Sojourners Article about Kimberly (professional)

Sojourners ran an article called "The Borderlands of Publishing" about a handful of independent publishers who were pushing the boundaries of "Christian" publish, including ours. The author, Julie Polter, quotes me from a panel discussion which I took part in at Calvin's Festival of Faith & Writing. Here's a link to a blog post I wrote when the article came out:

Education (1)

Bradley University: Bachelor of Art, English and Education 2001

Affiliations (2)

  • Mission Church
  • Forge America

Event Appearances (4)

Leading From Your Story

Mission Church Leadership Retreat  Monroe Center, IL


Small Group Leader Training: Accessability

Mission Church Small Group Leader Training  Roselle, IL


Small Group Leader Training: Permissions

Mission Church Small Group Leader Training  Roselle, IL


Everybody Hurts

Willow Creek Crystal Lake--Axis Elements Service  Crystal Lake, IL


Sample Talks (3)

Standing Up

An invitation to women to pursue healthy identity. This talk centers around the story of healing told in Luke 13:10-17, which Kimberly unpacks in relation to women's confidence and posture in community and culture.

Speaking Church

The church should express the character of Jesus. We should speak, with our words and with our life, who God is.

Be Encouraged

The word "encourage" literally means "to give courage." The Bible makes it clear that encouraging each other is not optional; in fact, discouraging each other has drastic consequences. How are we using the power that God's given us? Do people have more courage for having encountered us?



  • Keynote
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance


1000 to 2500 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee