Dr. William Cutrer

Below are some quotes from the book Dr. Cutrer gave me at his last presentation for us. To us he was a great help for ministry and very uplifting. This may shed some light on the sudden nature of his death. It also gives us some insight into his life, his decisions in medicine, and the grace of God.

Sandi “…Dr. Bill’s cardiologist diagnosed him as having a serious heart malfunction- he would need to undergo open-heart surgery. During this time, Dr. Bill experienced what it’s like to be on the other side of the physician’s desk. Since then, he has stopped delivering babies, but he continues to treat fertility patients and devotes many hours to ministry.” Sandra Glahn, William Cutrer p.15 When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden 2010

Dr. Bill “Infertility is the most challenging and interesting part of medicine for me now. It is also the most emotionally taxing. The highs are incredible when the efforts produce a desperately desired new life from God. The lows are devastating but provide opportunities to minister God’s grace to hurting people, and so often these same hurting people minister God’s grace back to me… (p17) I simply cannot fully understand, although I know the hurt is profound. My wife, Jane, and I struggled, as she is a ‘DES daughter.’ Thus, we fought a personal battle against prematurity and death in the days when medication to stop labor proved ineffective… (p18) Our marriage, as well as our faith, is a testimony to the grace of God in trials and triumphs.”

“William Cutrer, MD, is a licensed obstetrician/gynecologist who specialized in the treatment of infertility for more than fifteen years. He also holds a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, is an ordained minister, and serves as the Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry at Southern Baptist Seminary. Dr. Cutrer has authored or coauthored nine books, including The Church Leader’s Handbook.” Author information

Dr. Cutrer also led mission trips to Belarus and Russia. He made us laugh, gave us chocolate with cherries and peppers, and taught us well. Please continue to pray for his family and praise God for his life.


Subject: FW: Dr. Bill Cutrer

Ryan sent me the news earlier today saying that he had seen this by tweet but didn’t know the details.

Tweets from @AlbertMohler

Dr. Bill Cutrer spent years helping babies to be born before helping a generation of young ministers be born into ministry. @SBTS

For many years Dr. Bill Cutrer was a leading obstetrician before training for the Christian ministry. He will be greatly missed. @SBTS

Southern Seminary mourns today the sudden death of our colleague Professor Bill Cutrer. Praying for his wife Jane and children. @SBTS

Chris sent me this email and asked me to pass it along.
Subject: Dr. Bill Cutrer


I don’t know if any of you have heard yet, but I have some sad news. Early this morning Dr. Bill Cutrer died suddenly during (or maybe after, can’t remember) a bike ride. I don’t know any further details but this was obviously sudden and unexpected.

As you surely remember, Dr. Cutrer has given lively, biblical, and very well-attended talks at TWL the past two years. I figured you all would want to know so you can be in prayer for his family.

I am at work now, so I am not able to do much of a mass email, but could you all pass along this news to the student leaders (this year and last) so they are aware and can keep the Cutrer’s in prayer?


— Chris


One thought on “Dr. William Cutrer

  1. So sorry to hear this. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Dr. Cutrer, but was introduced to him through books he co-authored with Sandi Glahn, and wish I’d had the privilege.

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