Alisha Biler


Ph.D (In progress), M.A., Linguistics & TEFL Certificate,  University of South Carolina 

Alisha Biler has taught English as a foreign language for over six years at the University of South Carolina's intensive English program. In addition to teaching, she is also involved with curriculum development and teacher training.

She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Linguistics, focusing on second language reading.

Prior to working in South Carolina, she worked overseas in Turkey teaching English and doing ministry. 

A Spiritual Emphasis Week for a Spiritual Emphasis Life

September 19, 2016
Chris Thomas, International Director of Torchbearers

By Janai Tedder

Etched in stone across the Columbia International University campus are CIU’s five foundational core values: Authority of Scripture, Victorious Christian Living, World Evangelization, Prayer & Faith, and Evangelical Unity. An emphasis on each core value is scheduled each school year, most recently through the Christian Life Conference, a week challenging students, faculty and staff to grow and become victorious in their Christian walk.

Women's Softball Coach

40 hours/12 months
October 10, 2016


Subject to funding: CIU Women’s Softball Coach will provide visionary leadership and a strategic plan for the start up and future of the softball program.  The coach will recruit CIU’s first team to play first season Spring 2018 and supervise, coordinate, and manage all aspects of the women’s intercollegiate softball program:  includes but not limited to recruitment, development, spiritual leadership of its student athletes.


  • Successfully teach and coach and conduct all practices, including all preparation of facilities and equipment for practice.
  • Recruit new student athletes to participate on the softball team.
  • Successfully coach all home and away games, drive vans, prepare food plans for the team while reflecting the core values of CIU and demonstrating an understanding of Christian leadership.
  • Embrace all aspects of developing, managing and running a women’s softball intercollegiate program, working independently and cooperatively with all CIU athletics and institutional staff.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recruit, work, and communicate effectively in the ever-changing environment of communication including social media and other tools.
  • The Softball Coach will supervise all women’s softball student athletes and assistant coaches, whether volunteer, paid or students.
  • The Softball Coach will be supervised by the Athletics Director.


  • Understand the game and organization of softball and particularly intercollegiate softball.
  • Teach and coach the game of softball to women and motivate a team.
  • Ability to work independently in all aspects of recruiting and management of the program.
  • Display consistent Christian leadership while displaying a professional demeanor at all times.
  • Utilize current technology as it relates to communication and promotion of CIU and CIU softball.
  • Ability to work within budget parameters set by the Athletics Director.
  • Bachelor Degree required.
  • Softball coaching experience required – college softball coaching experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated Christian ministry experiences, directly or indirectly involving softball.

Victor Cuartas

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Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies
(803) 807-5355

D.Min., Regent University

Victor Cuartas is the Elmer V. Thompson chair of church planting at CIU. Originally from Cali, Colombia in South America, Victor spent a number of years in mission and church planting in his home country before continuing his ministry in the United States. 

He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is currently completing a PhD in Missiology from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (Middlesex University). 

His books include Empowering Hispanic Leaderswhich is available in English and Spanish. Victor’s most recent publication is entitled "Pentecostalism in Colombia," in Global Renewal Christianity, Vol 2, Latin America. He has also published several articles on mission and leadership in several journals.

Victor is fluent in both Spanish and English, and has ministered extensively throughout the United States, and also in countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Spain and Morocco.

Victor is quite passionate about global missions, preaching, teaching, and researching as a way of fulfilling God’s calling on his life—to teach biblical principles that transform people’s lives. He emphasizes the importance of networking and partnering with different denominations to advance God’s kingdom.

His wife Isabel is also from Colombia and they have one amazing daughter, Eliannah. He enjoys soccer and outdoor activities, biking and running. 


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