B.S. Lee University, M.A., Church of God Theological Seminary, M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.S., Liberty University, M.A., Columbia International University, SC Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.
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
B.S., Wayland Baptist University, M..A., Columbia International University; SC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ed.D., Columbia International University
Debbie Moore serves in the College of Education as the Master of Education Program Director. She has held various positions within Christian education since 1986 as teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, and dean. Her passion is to work with Christian educators to enhance classroom skills that use biblical integration and teaching with intentionality to develop spiritual formation in students. Originally from Pennsylvania, Debbie met her husband (David) at college and they have since lived in North Carolina and Georgia. They have two adult children, Lindsay and Erica. She loves spending time with her family, reading, walking, and drinking coffee.
Teacher, Trinity Christian School, 1986-1990; Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Neuse Christian Academy, 1990-2000; Dean, Principal, Gaston Christian School, 2000-2003; Teacher, Northside Christian School, 2003-04; Dean, Adjunct Faculty, Toccoa Falls College, 2004-2013; Professor, M.Ed. Program Director, Columbia International University, present.
B.A. Cornerstone University; B.S. Calvin College; M.S. Indiana University South Bend; Ed.D. Ball State University; Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Indiana School of Philanthropy.
Dr. Brian Simmons is a professor in the College of Education and Director of the Ed.D. and Ed.S. programs. He is a lifetime educator and has served as a teacher, Superintendent of two Christian schools, university Vice President, adjunct professor and association President. Dr. Simmons' life mission states, "Brian Simmons exists as a visionary builder to further the kingdom of God through education, teaching and influencing others." His primary goal in life is to be a faithful steward of all the Master has entrusted to his care. He and his wife, Bonnie have four adult children and one grandson: Jared (wife Mary Claire and son Teagan Scott), Drew (wife Stefanie), Lindi (husband Matt),and Aubrey (finacé Zach).
Mathematics teacher, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1982-1989; Superintendent, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1989-1996; Superintendent, Heritage Christian School (Indianapolis), 1996-2005; Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2000-present; Vice President for University Relations, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2006-2009; President, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), 2009-2013, Resident Faculty and Ed.D/Ed.S. Program Director, Columbia International University, 2013-present.
Ph.D., Trinity International University; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Trevecca Nazarene
Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn is the founder of Rainbows of Hope and Crisis Care Training International, both global ministries of WEC International to children in crisis. She is a child advocate, trauma trainer, and author/editor of a number of handbooks focused on interviews for children in crisis, and has served in Liberia and Kenya with WEC International. She holds a Ph.D. in education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL., a MA in Christian education from Asbury Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene. Dr. Kilbourn has taught crisis care training seminars and/or conducted research in many countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Truly she is one of the most respected pioneers of the children-in-crisis movement.
Dr. Brian Gault joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2012 and has taught Old Testament and Hebrew from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as a children’s pastor and a small group leader. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, where he serves on the steering committee for the Old Testament Wisdom Literature study group. He has written articles for several scholarly journals and is currently writing a monograph on the Song of Songs and a commentary on the book of Esther.
Esther. Kerux: An Integrative Commentary for Proclamation-Old Testament. [Under Contract]
- "Job’s Hope: Redeemer or Retribution?” Bibliotheca Sacra, 173 (2016) 148-66.
- “A ‘Do Not Disturb Sign’? Reexamining the Adjuration Refrain in Song of Songs,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 36 (2011) 93-104.
- “The Fragments of Canticles from Qumran: Implications & Limitations for Interpretation,” Revue de Qumran, 95/24 (2010) 351-71.
- “An Admonition Against ‘Rousing Love’: The Meaning of the Enigmatic Refrain in Song of Songs.” Bulletin for Biblical Research, 20 (2010) 161-84
- “A Reexamination of ‘Eternity’ in Ecclesiastes 3:11.” Bibliotheca Sacra 165 (2008) 39-57.
- Review of Job (Baker Commentary on Old Testament Wisdom & Psalms) by Tremper Longman III in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 56.4 (2013) 842-45.
- Review of Old Testmant Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction by Craig G. Bartholomew and Ryan P. O’Dowd in the Southeastern Theological Review, 4.2 (Winter 2013)
- Review of Song of Songs (Brazos Theological Commentary) by Paul J. Griffiths in the Southeastern Theological Review, 3.2 (Winter 2012) 273-74.
- “Job’s Hope: Redeemer or Retribution?” ETS National Meeting, 20 November 2014.
- “Is Her Door Open or Closed? Another Look at the Architectural Imagery in Song of Songs 8:8-10,” SBL Annual Meeting, 21 November 2011
- “The Garden of Delight in Song of Songs: Theological Allusion or Universal Archetype?” ETS National Meeting, 16 November 2011
- “The Fragments of Canticles from Qumran: Implications and Limitations for Interpretation,” ETS National Meeting, 18 November 2009.
- “An Oath of Chastity or A ‘Do Not Disturb’ Sign? Reexamining the Adjuration Refrain in the Song of Songs,” ETS National Meeting, 19 November 2008.
- “What Has God Placed in the Human Heart: An Exegetical Analysis of Ecclesiastes 3:11,” ETS National Meeting, 15 November 2006.
“Avenging Husband and Redeeming Lover? Opposing Portraits of God in Hosea,” ETS Annual Meeting, 15 November 2016
B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University
Lynn was born and raised on her family’s farm in Illinois. After marrying her childhood sweetheart, Jack, she worked with young people teaching music and as a volunteer at church and the local Christian school before entering college to prepare for a teaching career. She enjoys sharing the practical experiences from 16 years of middle school teaching with future teachers. She desires to prepare teachers with a biblical worldview who, by God’s grace, can then inspire and encourage their own students. When Lynn is not teaching, she enjoys reading, biking, and taking long walks with Jack and their dog, Cappuccino.
B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University; teacher, Hudsonville Christian School, 1993-2004; teacher, Ontario Christian School, 2004-2009; instructor and director of Academic Support, Providence Christian College, 2008-2012; resident faculty, Columbia International University, 2012-present.
B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University; Ph.D., Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology
Dr. Barbian received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology in Los Angeles. He holds a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, and a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies. He has had extensive counseling experience in private practice as well as in a church setting. He was Co-Director of Associated Christian Therapy Services in California and has been actively involved in church leadership for many years. He has been the Executive Director of the Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia since its founding in 1997.
Dr. Barbian has received specialized training in addictions, marriage counseling, anxiety disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, child therapy, Critical Incident-Stress Debriefing, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He holds certifications in: South Carolina: Licensed Professional Counselor, Lic. #2665 South Carolina: Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Lic. # 3823 California: Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor Lic. MFC # 27025.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: staff member, Church of the Living Christ, 1982-89; MFCC intern, private practice, 1986-89; marriage, family and child counselor, Antelope Valley Christian Counseling Center, 1989-91; director, Care Options, 1994-97; professional advisor, CHADD, 1991-97; assistant professor, Chapman University, 1996; clinical director, part-owner, Associated Christian Therapy Services, 1991-97; executive director, Christian Counseling Center, First Presbyterian Church, 1997-present; adjunct faculty, Columbia International University, Graduate School Division, 1997-2010; adjunct faculty, Columbia International University, College of Counseling, 2010-present; SC Licensed Professional Counselor; SC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor.