Columbia International University professor of Chaplain Ministries, Dr. Michael Langston, has been named the 2016-2017 “Top Religious Leader of the Year” by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). IAOTP offers members the opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, and influence others in their field.
Columbia International University alumnus Dr. Michael Johnson has been named Alaska’s new education commissioner. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from CIU in 1994, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from CIU in 1997.
Alaska Governor Bill Walker says that he is “pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Johnson,” as a new member of his cabinet.
Congratulations to CIU alumni Sherwood and Muriel Taylor. They’ve been married 70 years. Mr. Taylor graduated from CIU, then called Columbia Bible College, in 1945, and Mrs. Taylor graduated in 1946. They served as missionaries in Brazil for over 33 years.
They now live in Powder Springs, Georgia. Their long marriage caught the attention of Atlanta TV station WAGA, FOX 5.
A group of 14 female South Carolina prison inmates were encouraged to “allow other inmates into their lives” so they can share with them “the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
By Melissa McCutchan and Bob Holmes
In the last months of the life of Columbia International University President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin, when his health was declining, his close friend and former CIU Vice President John Davidson would visit him and inquire how he was doing.
“He would say, ‘Terrible,’” Davidson recalled.
“I would say, terrible? What’s wrong?”
“He’d say, ‘I’m still here. I want to be in heaven.’”
Robertson McQuilkin, the third president of Columbia International University, and son of the school’s first president R.C. McQuilkin, passed away on June 2, 2016. He was 88 years old.
Born John Robertson McQuilkin on Sept. 7, 1927 in Columbia, South Carolina, he was educated at University High School and Ben Lippen School, Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) and Fuller Seminary in California.
Upon graduating from seminary he taught for two years at Columbia Bible College, and then became headmaster of Ben Lippen School in Asheville, North Carolina. Five years later, he, his wife, Muriel and their four children moved to Japan where for 12 years he planted five churches, winning people to faith in Jesus Christ. While in Japan he also served as interim president of Japan Christian College.
In 1968 he was called back to Columbia Bible College and Seminary to serve as president for 22 years. During that time enrollment doubled, radio stations WMHK in Columbia and WRCM in Charlotte, North Carolina were founded and Ben Lippen School was moved from Asheville to Columbia.
In 1990 McQuilkin resigned the presidency to care for his wife Muriel who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. His powerful resignation speech has been heard by tens of thousands of people around the world. While McQuilkin cared for his wife for the next 12 years, he continued writing journal articles and books and preaching worldwide. Among the most popular of 19 books written by McQuilkin is “A Promise Kept” detailing his care for Muriel, who passed away in 2003. In 2005, he married his second wife, Deb.
McQuilkin’s other influential books include “Understanding and Applying the Bible,” “The Great Omission,” “Introduction to Biblical Ethics,” “Life in the Spirit,” and “The Five Smooth Stones.” He was honored for his decades of work in Christian missions when he received the 2010 Lifetime of Service Award from Missio Nexus, a world missions organization.
McQuilkin was also influential in establishing CIU’s Five Core Values: Authority of Scripture, Victorious Christian Living, World Evangelization, Prayer & Faith, and Evangelical Unity.
The family received visitors at Dunbar Funeral Home on Devine Street, Friday, June 3 from 5-7 p.m. Services for Robertson McQuilkin were held on June 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Shortess Chapel on the campus of Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road. Memorials may be made to the Robertson McQuilkin Memorial Fund at memorial.ciu.edu.