B.S., Philadelphia Biblical University, M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. (Systematic Theology), Westminster Theological Seminary
B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A., M.Div.,Liberty University; Ph.D., University of Wales-Trinity Saint David; Ph.D., University of Pretoria
Ed Smither joined the CIU faculty in 2012. Prior to that, he taught intercultural studies and church history at Liberty University for six years. Ed previously served for fourteen years in intercultural ministry working primarily among Muslims in France, North Africa, and the USA.
Ed earned a PhD in Historical Theology from the University of Wales (UK) and a PhD in Intercultural Studies from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). In addition to a number of scholarly and practical articles, Ed has written, edited, or translated seven books—Augustine as Mentor: A Model for Preparing Spiritual Leaders (2008), Early Christianity in North Africa (2009), Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World (2012), Mission in the Early Church (2014), Rethinking Constantine (2014), Controversies in Mission (2016), and Missionary Monks (2016).
As a teacher, Ed loves coming alongside students and helping them discover their place in the mission of God. While he believes that the classroom is a passionate environment for mentoring for mission, he also enjoys meeting students for coffee and meals and serving together in ministry projects and short-term mission trips.
Since 1999, Ed has been married to Shawn and together they parent Brennan, Emma, and Eve whom they refer to as “three amazing, hilarious, wild kids.” As a family, they enjoy hiking, watching movies, and discovering new lighthouses at the North Carolina Outer Banks. Ed is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and the Smithers currently worship at Gateway Baptist Church in Irmo. In terms of hobbies, Ed enjoys road biking, coaching youth soccer, drinking bold coffee, and listening to bands in the genre of Switchfoot and U2.
B.A. Roberts Wesleyan College; M.Ed, Ed.D University of Virginia
Dr. Schultz has been involved in education for the past 45 years. He currently serves as an associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and Headmaster of Sherwood Christian Academy. Dr. Schultz is also co-founder and co-director of the Kingdom School Institute. He has teamed up with Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of Prestonwood Christian Academy, in conducting this Institute for the past 11 years.
Prior to coming to Sherwood in 2005, he served as a public school chemistry teacher, a Christian school science teacher, high school principal and superintendent. He also served as the Southeast Director for the Association of Christian Schools International and as director of Christian school resources at LifeWay Christian Resources.
He is the author of the booklet A Parent’s Greatest Joy and the book Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Education Future Generations.
He is married with three children and 6 grandchildren. His children attended biblically-based schools from Kindergarten at 4 years old through college. His grandchildren are also being educated through biblically-based programs.
B.A., M.Ed., Columbia International University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Stephen Reel has served for 27 years in Christian school ministry as a Bible teacher, school administrator, and adjunct professor. He is the Senior Director of the Southern Division for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). He previously served for 11 years as the superintendent of Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, SC, after 16 years at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC, as a Bible teacher, admissions director, elementary principal, and associate headmaster. Prior to this, he served two tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry sergeant, tactics instructor, marksmanship instructor, and competition shooter.
Dr. Reel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Columbia Bible College, a Master of Education in educational administration from Columbia International University, and an Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.
He is the author of Clear Focus: Rediscovering the Most Important Aspect of Christian School Ministry (2015). He and his wife, Melanie, have three children.
Dr. Walter Brown has served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he is a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew. He has also taught at Ethiopian FGT College, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, and Evangelical Theological College in Ethiopia, as well as West Africa Theological Seminary and Jos ECWA Theological Seminary in Nigeria.
Dr. Brown holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Hebrew and Old Testament) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
B.S., Georgetown University; M.Div., Alliance Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Dr. James Lanpher serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Columbia International University. Dr. Lanpher has been a leader in Biblical higher education, previously serving in a variety of capacities with the Association for Biblical Higher Education including Chairman of the Commission on Accreditation. Dr. Lanpher taught overseas at the Alliance Biblical Seminary (now the Alliance Graduate School) in Manila, The Philippines. He also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Crown College and served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity College of Florida.
Dr. Lanpher graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree majoring in international economics and obtaining language proficiency in Chinese. He received his Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. His dissertation, “The Miraculous in Mark: Its Eschatological Background and Christological Function,” focused on the role of miracles in Mark’s portrayal and understanding of Jesus.
In 1986 Dr. Lanpher married his wife Lisa, who has a Masters of Educational Leadership degree from the University of South Florida and taught in Florida public schools. The Lanphers have one son who is currently in college at Columbia International University.
B.S.F.S., 1984, Georgetown University; M.Div., 1988, Alliance Theological Seminary; M.A., 1991, Ph.D., 1994, University of Notre Dame.
Visiting Instructor, University of Notre Dame, 1993-1994; Assistant Professor, Alliance Biblical Seminary (Manila, The Philippines), 1994-1996; Associate Professor, Crown College, 1996-1999; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity College of Florida, 1999-2011; Provost & Sr. Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Columbia International University, 2011-Present.