Matthew D. Haste

Associate Professor of Ministry Studies

B.A., Western Kentucky University; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 

Dr. Matthew Haste joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary and School of Ministry in 2015. He oversees the 5-year B.A./M.Div. Program and teaches various courses. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Fellow of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. Before coming to Columbia, Dr. Haste served as a College Minister and Adult Discipleship Pastor in Kentucky and taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Western Kentucky University. He is married to Cheyenne and they have three children: Haddon, Anna, and Adelyn. 


With Robert L. Plummer. Held in Honor: Wisdom for your Marriage from Voices of the Past. Christian Focus, 2015.

Editor. Nurseries for Heaven: Samuel Stennett’s Vision for the Family. Alev Books, 2015. 

Articles & Chapters:

“‘Helped on our Way to Heaven’: Andrew Fuller’s Theology of Marriage.” In Encountering Andrew Fuller: New Essays on Andrew Fuller as a Theologian. Edited by Michael A. G. Haykin. Alev Books, 2015.

“‘Nurseries of Heaven’: Samuel Stennett on Marriage and Family.” Churchman 129, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 55‒69.

“‘A Type of the Marriage of Christ’: John Gill on Marriage.” Puritan Reformed Journal 6, no. 2 (July 2014): 289–302.

“A Review of A. G. Roeber, Hopes for Better Spouses: Protestant Marriage and Church Renewal in Early Modern Europe, India, and North America.” Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Spring 2014): 40‒41.

“‘So Many Voices’: The Piety of Monica, Mother of Augustine.” Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry 4, no.1 (2013): 6–10.

“Marriage and Family in the Life of Andrew Fuller.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 17, no.1 (Spring 2013): 28–34.

“Your Maker is Your Husband: The Divine Marriage Metaphor and the New Covenant.” Puritan Reformed Journal 5, no. 1 (January 2013): 15–28. 

Papers & Presentations:

“Pastoral Advice on Marital Strife: Wisdom from Two Millennia of Christian Thinkers.” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

“‘Helped on our Way to Heaven’: The Puritan Tradition in Andrew Fuller’s Theology of Marriage.” Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

“Marriage as Spiritual Formation: Historical Reflections and Contemporary Proposals.” Presented at the 2015 Midwest Region Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

“‘Nurseries of Heaven’: Samuel Stennett’s Vision for Marriage and Family.” Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.


Getting Ready for a Very Important Date: Homecoming 2015

September 11, 2015

Two dozen CIU students donned their finest hats for a Mad Hatter Tea Party held in The Curriculum and Ministry Resource Department (CMRD). The lunchtime fun was held ahead of this fall’s Homecoming 2015 which will feature The CIU Players' production of “Alice in Wonderland.” Homecoming takes place Nov. 6-7 with the theme “Anchored.” 

Other Homecoming events include:

·         Alumni of the Year Chapel, President's Banquet

Men’s Golf Tees Off for First Time

September 10, 2015
Ben McLochlin follows through for the CIU Rams

The Columbia International University athletics program grew by one more sport this fall with men’s golf.

At the Cutter Creek Invitational hosted by Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina, CIU freshman Ben McLochlin carded a +12 with a pair of 78s to tie for 16th place, 11 strokes off the leader, in the 33-player field. The tournament was held over the Labor Day weekend.

Read more about CIU men’s golf on the CIU Athletics page. 

CIU Alumnus Opens U.S. House Session with Prayer

September 10, 2015
Robert Michaels founder of Serve & Protect

Robert Michaels, a 1981 graduate of Columbia International University, opened the U.S. House of Representatives with prayer on Sept. 9.

Michaels is the founder of Serve & Protect, an international non-profit organization based in Brentwood, Tennessee dedicated to trauma care and therapy for police officers, firefighters, rescue workers, dispatchers and other emergency workers. He was introduced to the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.

CIU Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

September 09, 2015
Columbia International University

Columbia International University climbed to #35 among Best Regional Universities in the South in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. CIU ranked #37 in last year’s survey.

Many prospective students and their parents use the rankings as a guide to one of the most important investments they will ever make. Among the criteria for the rankings are the freshman retention rate, the graduation rate, and the student to faculty ratio.

CIU Men & Women Shine in First Annual Palmetto State Cross Country Festival

September 05, 2015
2015 Palmetto State Cross Country Festival

Powered by a pair of top ten finishes, the Columbia International University men finished third as a team to mark their best result ever in a home-campus race. The Rams trailed the champion of the Palmetto State Cross Country Festival, Bob Jones University, by only 12 points.

Meanwhile, Alexis Zwilling represented Columbia International University in the top ten, leading the Lady Rams to a seventh-place finish among the women at the Cross Country Festival. 

Development Officer for Constituent/Donor Care and Prison Initiative

40 hr/wk, 12 mo/yr
September 30, 2015


The Development Officer for Constituent/Donor Care & Prison Initiative serves the University in its fundraising endeavors through researching, identifying, establishing and cultivating relationships with prospective and current donors to communicate the mission and vision of CIU toward the goal of achieving higher education fundraising goals.  The Development Officer has primary responsibility to build and/or establish meaningful relationships with a targeted group of 1,200 donors for the purpose of increasing revenue for the University at large.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director to identify specific financial goals for the Prison Initiative
  • Research, identify and quantify specific strategies for reaching the established financial goal
  • Establish a personal schedule for travel when visiting and making telephone calls to donors to effectively communicate the mission, vision and funding needs of CIU
  • Identify the interests and needs of the donors with corresponding funding opportunities at CIU
  • Raise funds for the work of CIU by utilizing the resources provided through the Development office of CIU.  Effectively utilize the donor cultivation cycle (identify, research, communicate, involve, ask, thank, report)
  • Make specific requests for funding to constituents
  • Ensure timely completion of all contacts with donors including ministry updates, thank yous, special and lapsed donor calls
  • Identify and follow up on opportunities to present the CIU story and needs to potential major donors and successfully increase the number of those responding each year
  • Enter constituent contact information and updates into Raiser’s Edge in a timely manner
  • Insure the timely and accurate delivery of financial reports to internal and external stakeholders
  • Plan and execute at least one annual fundraising event


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years successful experience in working with the public
  • High level of personal motivation, enjoy interacting with others, persuasive, exceptional communication skills (listening, written and verbal), and ability to overcome objections.
  • Significant planning abilities, decision making skills, be flexible, exhibit exceptional relationship skills, and must be results oriented.
  • Demonstrate a high level of energy, be positive and friendly and show a genuine interest in people.
  • Proficient in the use of computers including software programs such as Microsoft Office.

Lady Rams Win First Ever Home Soccer Match

August 31, 2015
Lady Rams celebrate goal

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Players, coaches, and fans were full of energy on Aug. 29, as the Columbia International University women’s soccer team played their first home game in the program’s history, defeating Wake Technical Community College from Raleigh, North Carolina 2-0.

To commemorate the first home game, the CIU Rams were led onto the field by CIU alumna Elizabeth Sessions (’43), who served on CIU’s Board of Trustees for 17 years.


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