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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. 

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. 

Wayne Rasmussen

Sports Management Program Director
Sports Management Program Director
(803) 807-5162

BS in Education, Messiah College 1977; Vanguard Wilderness School, Wheaton College 1977; MA in Physical Education, Southern Methodist University 1982; EdD in Sports Management and Administration, Temple University 1995.

Following an undergraduate degree in Education from Messiah College in Pennsylvania, Rasmussen earned a master’s degree in physical education from Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management from Temple University. Prior to coming to CIU, he served many roles in intercollegiate athletics, including athletics director for an NCAA III university, as well as college instructor.

For a significant portion of his career, Dr. Rasmussen has been a head soccer coach at the collegiate and professional level, and on the administrative staff of the U.S. Men’s National and U.S. Olympic men’s soccer teams.  He spent a number of years in Major League Soccer working in player development, scouting and event management, and stadium operations. Dr. Rasmussen continues to maintain active relationships and professional ties to the sport of soccer.  He has also served in business development and project facilitation for many non-sports related entities.  Early in his career he led multiple cycling tours and wilderness adventure trips including mountain climbing, canoeing and whitewater rafting.

Dr. Rasmussen lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife Debby. They have three adult children. In his personal life, Dr. Rasmussen has enjoyed extensive travel throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe.  

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.


Benjamin Noonan

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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.

Books Published

  • Natural Theology Reconfigured: Confucian Axiology and American Pragmatism (Ashgate Publishing Company: Farnham, UK) 2016
  • The Doctrine of Trinity and Its Implication in Chinese Church Context in Chinese Intellectual Faith Forum (Runup America Inc.: Los Alamos, NM 2015)

Book Reviews

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

Articles and Essays:

  • "The Divine Truthfulness and the Integrity of His People." Behold Magazines 77 (2016)
  • "The Spectrum of Truth." Behold Magazines, 72 (2015).
  • “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).

Angella Eanes

Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.S. Lee University, M.A., Church of God Theological Seminary, M.A., Ph.D.,  University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Trish Bates

Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.S., Liberty University, M.A.,  Columbia International University, SC Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.

Sandra Young

Liberal Arts Division Chair, English Program Director, Professor of English
Sandra Young

B.A., George Fox University; Certificate in Bible, Columbia International University; M.A.T. in English, The Citadel; Ph.D. in English, University of South Carolina; teacher, Charleston County School District, 1999-2001; Faculty member, Columbia College, 2006-2013; Faculty, Columbia International University, 2013 – present.

Sandra was born and reared in Toppenish, Washington.  After graduating from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, she married and moved to Columbia, South Carolina where she found employment as an executive secretary and administrative assistant.  She earned her master’s degree in Charleston, South Carolina and upon completion taught high school English in a local urban high school.  When the family returned to Columbia, she enrolled at the University of South Carolina and earned a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Composition and African American Literature.  Sandra taught writing, literature, and methods classes for seven years at Columbia College where she directed the English Education program. Sandra relaxes by either reading a good book or spending time with her husband, Charles and their two adult children and marvels that God has allowed her to make a living doing what she enjoys most.

B.A., George Fox University; Certificate in Bible, Columbia International University; M.A.T. in English, The Citadel; Ph.D. in English, University of South Carolina; Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant, 1982-1994; teacher, Charleston County School District, 1999-2001. Faculty member, Columbia College, 2006-2013


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