Busy Summer at CIU

August 07, 2015
Glen Schultz

Most of the student body may have been away after classes ended in mid-May, but there was still a great deal of activity on the campus of Columbia International University over the summer. In addition to summer school classes, first at the undergraduate level, then at the graduate and seminary level, annual seasonal events brought visitors to campus from around the community and around the world.


With a minor in Chaplaincy, you’ll learn to be the presence of Christ among people who need pastoral counsel in institutional and organizational settings. This comes with developing a basic understanding of church ministry and administration, pastoral care, world religions, ethics, leadership, and spiritual concerns. You’ll also build foundational leadership skills needed to lead, influence, and model what it means to be a Christian leader in the world today.

Your Future

You'll make an impact in one of eight primary areas of chaplaincy:

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2012-2013 Undergraduate Academic Catalog            

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  2012-2013 Graduate Academic Catalog

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2012-2013 Seminary Academic Catalog

2012-2013 CIU Seminary Academic Catalog


Benjamin Noonan

Photo of Benjamin Noonan, CIU professor
Professor of Old Testament & Hebrew

B.S., M.A., Wheaton College; M.Phil., Ph.D.. Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. Noonan joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2014. He teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, where he serves on the Pentateuch Program Unit Steering Committee, as well as the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He has taught at Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


  • Foreign Words in the Hebrew Bible: Linguistic Evidence for Foreign Contact in Ancient Israel (forthcoming)

Articles, Book Chapters and Contributions to Edited Volumes:

  • “Egyptian Loanwords as Evidence for the Historicity and Authenticity of the Exodus and Wilderness Traditions,” in A Symposium on the Historicity and Authenticity of the Exodus and Wilderness Traditions in a Post Modern Age, eds. James K. Hoffmeier, Alan R. Millard, and Gary A. Rendsburg (forthcoming)
  • Devotional on Psalm 33:4-5 in Devotions on the Hebrew Bible, eds. Lee M. Fields, Milton Eng, and Verlyn D. Verbrugge (forthcoming)
  • “Zion’s Foundation: The Meaning of בֹּחַן in Isaiah 28,16,” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 125 (2013): 314-319
  • “There and Back Again: ‘Tin’ or ‘Lead’ in Amos 7:7-9?” Vetus Testamentum 63 (2013): 299-307
  • “Hide or Hue? Defining Hebrew תַּחַשׁ” Biblica 93 (2012): 580-589
  • “Omri, King of Israel,” “Trade and Commerce,” “Ugarit,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary, ed. John D. Barry (Bellingham, Wash.: Logos Research Systems, 2012)
  • “Did Nehemiah Own Tyrian Goods? Trade between Judea and Phoenicia during the Achaemenid Period,” Journal of Biblical Literature 130 (2011): 281-298
  • “Abraham, Blessing, and the Nations: A Reexamination of the Niphal and Hitpael of ברך in the Patriarchal Narratives,” Hebrew Studies 51 (2010): 73-93
  • October 6 Devotional in Stones of Remembrance 2: Wheaton’s Living Stones, ed. Emily Louise Zimbrick (Wheaton, Ill.: Wheaton College, 2006), 306

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Marvin A. Sweeney, Tanak: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible,Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57 (2014): 405-407
  • Review of Bob Becking and Lester L. Grabbe, eds., Between Evidence and Ideology: Essays on the History of Ancient Israel at the Joint Meeting for the Society for Old Testament Study and the Out Testamentisch Werkgezelschap, Lincoln, July 2009Bulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 410-412
  • Review of Robin A. Parry, LamentationsBulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 271-273
  • Review of Cor Notebaart, Metallurgical Metaphors in the Hebrew BibleBulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 259-260
  • Review of Jordan M. Scheetz, The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel,Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55 (2012): 170-172
  • Review of Koowon Kim, Incubation as a Type-Scene in the ˀAqhatu, Kirta, and Hannah Stories: A Form-Critical and Narratological Study of KTU 1.14 I-1.15 III, 1.17 I-II, and 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11,Bulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 126-127
  • Review of Ronald S. Hendel, ed., Reading Genesis: Ten MethodsBulletin for Biblical Research21 (2011): 530-532
  • Review of Francis I. Andersen and Richard S. Hess, Names in the Study of Biblical History: David, YHWH Names, and the Role of Personal NamesAshland Theological Journal 43 (2011): 148-149
  • Review of David Toshio Tsumura, Creation and Destruction: A Reappraisal of the ChaoskampfTheory in the Old TestamentAshland Theological Journal 43 (2011): 149-151
  • Review of Benjamin D. Sommer, The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient IsraelBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 391-393
  • Review of John H. Sailhamer, The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition, and InterpretationBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 102-103
  • Review of R.W.L. Moberly, The Theology of the Book of GenesisBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 105-107
  • Review of Victor H. Matthews, Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods,Ashland Theological Journal 42 (2010): 156-158
  • Review of Philip R. Davies, Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History—Ancient and ModernJournal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52 (2009): 839-840
  • Review of Marc Van De Mieroop, A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC, 2d ed.,Ashland Theological Journal 40 (2008): 75-76

Papers Presented:

  • “The Presence and Significance of Foreign Loanwords in the Book of Daniel,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Baltimore, Md., November 20, 2013
  • “The Exodus and Sinai Narratives: Foreign Loanwords and Historicity,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Milwaukee, Wisc., November 14, 2012
  • “Non-Semitic Loanwords and Foreign Contact in the Ancient Levant,” Cincinnati Consortium of Ancient Studies spring annual meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 9, 2012
  • “Identifying the Gemstones of the High Priest’s Breastplate,” Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, San Francisco, Calif., November 20, 2011
  • “Did Nehemiah Own Tyrian Goods? A Historical Investigation of Trade between Judea and Phoenicia during the Persian Period,” Evangelical Theological Society Midwest regional meeting, Chicago, Ill., March 28, 2008
  • “Abraham, Blessing, and the Nations: A Proposed Paradigm,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, San Diego, Calif., November 15, 2007


Zhiqiu Xu

Zhiqiu Xu
Professor of Theology

B.A., Renmin University; M.A., Peking University; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Boston University

Dr. Xu joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2014. He teaches Theology and coordinates the Chinese Seminary Studies program. He is the executive director of the North America Mainland Chinese Mission, the executive director of the International Fellowship of Chinese Pastors, and a member of Blessings Cultural Mission Fellowship. He has served as a pastor to local Chinese churches in Philadelphia, PA and Worcester, MA.

Book Reviews

  • J. Chao. A History of Christianity in Socialist China, 1949–1997. In China and Gospel (1999). 

Articles and Essays:

  • “The Spectrum of Truth” (forthcoming).
  • “Learning from Wesleyan Theology, a Chinese Perspective.”Behold Magazines  68 (2014).
  • “The Concept of Magisterium and Its Pertinence to the Church in China.” Behold Magazines 67 (2014).
  • “Did Jesus Truly Resurrect from the Dead?” Behold Magazines 66 (2014).
  • “Control vs. Submission, Some Insights on the Kenotic Obedience of Jesus.” Behold Magazines 57 (2012).
  • “Divine Beauty and Human Koinonia, A Study on John 14-17.” Christianity Today International(May, 2011).
  • “A Trans-placed Encounter Between the East and the West, A Journey in Kingston.”  Behold Magazines 44 (2010).


Why Minor in English?

If you love to read, the English minor is the perfect complement to any major.  We offer a broad number of courses in Western, British, and American literature, as well as courses such as Classics of Christian Literature or Five Great Novels.  Electives are flexible, allowing you to focus on the kinds of literature (and some writing courses) which appeal to your interests.

Faculty/Director, Business and Organizational Leadership Program

College of Arts and Sciences
July 01, 2016


The Director of the Business and Organizational Leadership (BOL) program provides vision and leadership for the BOL program, as well as serving as curriculum developer and instructor, interacting and advising students within the program, and teaching up to 7 courses per year (21 semester hours) within the disciplines of business and organizational leadership or in general education areas associated with the business program (e.g. economics).

The position will be open July 1, 2016.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide overall leadership for the program

  • Oversee development and refinement of the BOL curriculum

  • Advise and counsel students within the program

  • Assist in recruitment and evaluation of adjunct faculty within the discipline

  • Advise the library regarding acquisition and preservation of relevant materials (print and electronic)

  • Assist in the review of best practices in business in order to incorporate them into the curriculum based on the standards of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

  • Teach up to seven (7) courses per year (21 semester hours)

  • Supervise adjunct faculty as needed; Work within the program budget

  • Serve on assigned university committees

  • Assist in training students via internships and practicum experiences within the community and internationally

  • Attend faculty meetings and appropriate campus events including chapel, conferences, prayer sessions, etc.

  • Affirm annually the institution’s mission, doctrinal position, and community standards

Education and Training

  • An earned doctorate (PhD or DBA) in business from an accredited university is required.

  • Capable and committed to completing additional studies (if the individual does not already have) in Bible, theology, and/or servant leadership models in order to integrate the disciplines effectively for students in a biblical university

  • Experience in business law/or and related legal areas (e.g. corporations, government)

  • Experience in entrepreneurial or corporate business settings in the United States (with at least a three year work history in appropriate business settings)

  • Other relevant business and/or ministry experience (prefer someone with significant international/missions experience)

  • Multi-lingual ability preferred

  • Preference given to individuals with at least three years of experience teaching at the college level.  Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Dispositions Needed

  • Extensive knowledge of the disciplines associated with business operations, communications, management and organizational leadership

  • Ability to plan and provide creative and/or entrepreneurial vision for the program

  • Understands the needs and trends associated with traditional college age students as well as the business professionals in the community

  • Ability to confront and resolve conflicts when necessary

  • Understands international business and how “business as mission” strategies can be used in limited access countries

  • Understanding of and experience in business law and/or legal aspects relating to business and organizational leadership

  • Ability to develop links with business professionals in the community

  • Ability to work with an advisory group of business and mission executives

  • Ability to network with international strategists with nonprofit professionals

  • Commitment to CIU’s biblical university mission

  • Commitment to live within the standards of the CIU community

Individual Visit

Visit our beautiful campus and learn more about our programs for yourself on a personalized individual visit. We offer individual campus visits Monday – Friday, so you and your family can get to know us. During the school year, you'll have the opportunity to meet with faculty and admissions staff, tour the campus, attend a class and have a meal in the cafeteria. Sign up for a visit today!

Schedule a Visit

Daily Schedules

Here's what your schedule will be, depending on which day of the week you visit:

Monday & Wednesday Visit Schedule

8:45 a.m.

Arrival and welcome in the Campus Visit Office in the Administration Building

9 – 9:30 a.m.

Meet with Admissions

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Campus and Residence Hall Tour

11-11:45 a.m.


11:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Lunch with Professor (Courtesy of CIU)

1 – 1:50 p.m.

Class:  New Testament – Dr. McWilliams – Fisher 102

2 p.m.

Completion of Scheduled Events


Tuesday & Thursday Visit Schedule

8:45 a.m.

Arrival and welcome in the Campus Visit Office in the Administration Building

9 a.m.

Meet with in Admissions

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Campus and Residence Hall Tour

11 – 11:45 a.m.

Chapel - Shortess

11:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Lunch with professor (Courtesy of CIU)

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Class – Psalm – Dr. Crutchfield – Fisher103

3 p.m.

Completion of Scheduled Events


Friday Visit Schedule

10:25 a.m.

Arrival and welcome in the Campus Visit Coordinator office Administration Building

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Meet with Admissions

11:00 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.

Campus and Residence Hall Tour with

12:15 –12:50 p.m.

Lunch with professor (Courtesy of CIU)

1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Class – New Testament – Dr. McWilliams – Fisher 102

2 p.m.

Completion of Scheduled Events


Keith Stokeld

Keith Stokeld, Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
(803) 807-5013

BBA – Accounting, University of Texas; CPA; ThM – Cross-Cultural Church Planting, Dallas Theological Seminary

Keith Stokeld worked 14 years in a restricted access country, both as a marketplace professional and as a church-planting strategist/team leader.  He currently serves as CIU’s Chief Financial Officer.  He and his wife, Danise (a member of CIU’s College of Intercultural Studies team), eagerly seek opportunities to impart the things they learned about church planting in restricted countries to the next generation of goers.


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