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Becky Kilgus

Kilgus
Becky
A photo of Becky Kilgus.
Associate Professor of Music Education
Associate Professor of Music Education

B.A. University of South Carolina; M.M. Boston University

For over 19 years, Mrs. Kilgus has taught general music and choir at all levels of primary and secondary education. That has led her to also produce and direct middle and high school musicals, direct All-City choirs and prepare students for competition in All-State choirs. In addition, Mrs. Kilgus has performed in community theater.

Mrs. Kilgus’ research explored the effects of kinesthetic instruction on music learning in choral ensembles. She has observed that through participation in music ensembles, students learn self-discipline, experience team work, build self-confidence, and develop creativity.  

Mrs. Kilgus believes music has the power to stir the emotions and to deliver important, memorable messages to the soul. Consequently, Christian music educators have the unique opportunity to teach music from a biblical perspective, encouraging young people to use their musical gifts to glorify God through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs that focus on worship, doctrine, and the human experience, respectively.

B.A. in Music Education, University of South Carolina; M.M. in Music Education, Boston University.  K-12 Music Niagara, Wisconsin 1998-2002; Science Hill High School, 2003-2007; Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 2007-2010; Patrick Henry High School, 2010-2015; Dutch Fork High School, 2015-2017.

Melina Rabon

Rabon
Melina
Professor of Church Ministry
Professor of Church Ministry

B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., Columbia International University: currently pursuing a DEdMin., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO

Melina Rabon joined the CIU faculty in 2015. She oversees internships for Columbia Biblical Seminary and the Seminary & School of Ministry. Melina teaches Church Ministry courses in the Seminary & School of Ministry.

Before coming to Columbia, she served as Children’s Director in Pennsylvania. Melina has ministered cross-culturally in Belgium and Mexico. She is currently serving as the Children’s Pastor at her church.

Dr. Brian Bohlman

Dr.
Bohlman
Brian
Dr. Brian Bohlman

Chaplain, Lt Col Brian Bohlman is an author, adjunct seminary instructor, behavioral healthcare chaplain, and has served in the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps since 1992. Among his numerous military and civilian awards, he was named the Chaplain of the Year in the Air National Guard in 2013.

Steven A. Johnson

Dr.
Johnson
Steven
A.
Assistant Professor of Ministry Care
Assistant Professor of Ministry Care
803-807-5352

B.A., Indiana University (chemistry & psychology); M.S., Indiana University (philosophy); M.A., Christian Theological Seminary (marriage & family therapy); Ph.D., Indiana University (philosophy); ScD, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania (evidence-based psychotherapy)

Dr. Johnson moved to Columbia after serving 17 years as a pastor of Care and Counseling at a church in Connecticut. He has also served as the vice president of the board of trustees at the Albert Ellis Institute for cognitive behavioral therapy/rational emotive behavior therapy in New York City. There he supervised psychotherapists from around the world. Since 1993, Dr. Johnson he has been a private practice psychotherapist specializing in treating addictions and trauma. He has also taught Muslim Studies at CIU as an adjunct professor for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Johnson is a devoted writer who publishes in the areas of Muslim studies, psychotherapy, and philosophy. His current work focuses on the philosophy of the self-operative in models of psychotherapy. 

He is married to Carol Stone, who is a biochemist and epidemiologist employed as a bureau chief in the South Carolina Department of Public Health. His two daughters, Lauren and Shannon, are both pursuing careers in psychology. 

Jonathan Reibsamen

Dr.
Reibsamen
Jonathan
Photo of Jonathan Reibsamen, Director of Philosophy at CIU
Associate Professor, Director of Philosophy

B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., Biola University; Ph.D, Saint Louis University

Jonathan was born in Peru, where his parents were missionaries. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and completed his undergraduate education at CIU in 1998. After working for a couple of years in Columbia as an audio/visual technician, and then in Austin, Texas, as a web application developer, he finally discovered his passion for teaching through involvement in local church ministry.

Jonathan received his MA in Philosophy from Biola University in 2006, and taught for a term at Scott Theological College (now Scott Christian University) in Machakos, Kenya, before beginning his doctoral studies at Saint Louis University in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. in 2015 and worked for SLU as a grant project manager until receiving the call to CIU in 2017.

Jonathan and his wife, Julie, were married in 2008, and have three children, Evalia, Ethan and Emmett. Jonathan enjoys going on family adventures, playing with his kids, reading good books, and having good conversations.

Jonathan's desire for himself and for his students is to learn to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, and so become true lovers of wisdom.

Daniel Janosik

Janosik
Daniel
Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor of Apologetics

A.B., College of William and Mary; M.Div., Columbia International University; M.A., Columbia International University; Ph.D., London School of Theology

Dr. Janosik’s academic interests include: Theological Apologetics, Scientific Apologetics; Apologetics to Islam; Church History; and Historical Theology.

In over 20 years of teaching university students, Dr. Janosik’s desire has been to challenge his students to think critically of themselves and of the material that they are studying so that they might show themselves approved of the Lord. He also wants them to understand the subject matter as accurately and proficiently as they can so that they will be able to assess the world around them and make decisions that are godly and wise. Therefore, in his own teaching he seeks to be thorough in his research, accurate in his summations and God-honoring in his words.

Articles: 

  • “The Development of the Trinity Through Controversy,” Christian Apologetics Journal, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2013)
  • “John of Damascus’ Influence on Kalam,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 10, no.2 (Fall 2012).
  • “The Fate of Culture in J.D. Unwin’s Sex and Culture,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 10, no. 1 (Spring 2012).
  • “The Real Story Behind the Massacre of the Banu Qurayza,” 97-114. Insights into Islam: Contemporary and Historical Studies on Islam and Christianity. Occasional Papers in the Study of Islam and Other Faiths, no.3 (Melbourne School of Theology Press, 2012),
  • “Can a Christian Believe in Evolution?” Reach Out Columbia (Spring 2012).
  • “John of Damascus, First Apologist to the Muslims,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 9, no. 1 (Spring 2011).
  • “John of Damascus’ Response to the Islamic View of Justification by works: A contribution of Early Islamic Theology,” Global Journal of Classic Theology, vol. 10, no. 1, Spring 2011.
  • “Early Islam According to the Neo-Revisionists,” Occasional Papers in the Study of Islam and Other Faiths (Summer 2009).
  • “The Bible is Accurate and Trustworthy,” Connection Magazine (Spring 2009).
  • “Explaining the Trinity to a Muslim,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 4, no. 2 (Fall 2005).

Book Reviews:

  • “Christology in Dialogue with Muslims: A Critical Analysis of Christian Presentations of Christ for Muslims From the Ninth and Twentieth Centuries” by Mark Beaumont, November 2009.
  • “A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman’s Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide” by Mark Siljander, Christian Apologetics Journal, Spring 2011, 89.
  • “Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target” by John Lennox, Christian Apologetics Journal, Spring 2013, 111.

Alisha Biler

Biler
Alisha

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

Cuartas
Victor
Photo of Victor Cuartas
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

Rasmussen
Wayne
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

Haste
Matthew
D.
Matthew D. Haste
Associate Professor of Ministry Studies
803-807-5301

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. 

Books:

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.

 

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