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Phyllis Kilbourn

Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn
Adjunct Professor of Education

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.


Brian P. Gault

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Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew
B.A., Cedarville University; M.Th., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion


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.


  • Hosea, Joel, Amos & Obadiah. Kregel Exegetical Commentary. [In Preparation]
  • Esther. Kerux: An Integrative Commentary for Proclamation-Old Testament. [Under Contract]


  • “Is Her Door Open or Closed? Another Look at Architectural Images in Song 8:8-10,” in Poetic Approaches to the Song of Songs. Society of Biblical Literature. Forthcoming.
  • “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 (Preaching the Word) by Christopher Ash in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Forthcoming.

  • 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.

Paper Presentations:

  • “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.

Lynn Hoekstra

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Teacher Education Program Director, Professor of Education

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.

Thomas Barbian

Adjunct Counseling Professor

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.

Michael Naylor

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Professor of New Testament

B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

Mike Naylor is a New Testament professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Originally from Iowa, Mike has also lived in Chicago, Edinburgh (Scotland), and Maryland. Mike joined the faculty at Columbia International University in 2012 after serving as an adjunct faculty member at Liberty University Online, Mountain State University, and the Evening Bible Institute of Appalachian Bible College.


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