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Mark McCann

Photo of Mark McCann, a professor at CIU, a Christian university in South Carolina.
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director, Professor of Education
(803) 807-5395

B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Dr. Mark McCann was born in Georgia and has spent his life in the Southeast. Mark joined CIU in 2004 after 20 years of ministry in Central Florida. Married in 1984, Mark and his wife Sharry feel their greatest blessings involve time together with their three daughters Erin, Meredith, Kayla and their son-in-law Ben. Mark greatly appreciates church, school, and community ministry...thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord at CIU. His desire is for undergraduate and graduate students to develop and refine a heart for ministry as future teachers and educational leaders who will serve the Lord with academic excellence and spiritual acuity.

Teacher, Osceola County Public Schools, 1986-1989; Teacher, Dean, Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, Admissions Director, Director of School Improvement, The First Academy, 1989-2004; Elder, New Hope Bible Church, 1993-2004; Co-founder and President, Hydrocephalus Family Support Group, 1996-1998; Resident faculty, M.A.T. Program Director, Columbia International University, 2004-present.


Nabeel Jabbour


B.A., American University in Beirut; M.A., Near East School of Theology in Beirut; D.Th., University of South Africa

Dr. Nabeel Jabbour, Th.D, comes from a Christian background and was born in Syria. He grew up in Lebanon and lived for 15 years in Cairo, Egypt. Along with his family, he has lived in Colorado Springs since 1991. As a Missions Consultant with the Navigators, he has visited almost every major Muslim country in the world. In addition to his Navigators work, he teaches intensive courses on Islam in some seminaries. 

Dr. Nabeel Jabbour has authored six books, two in Arabic and four in English. The four books in English are The Rumbling Volcano on Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt and The Unseen Reality on spiritual warfare, Unshackled and Growing: Muslims and Christians on The Journey to Freedom, and his most recent book, The Crescent Through The Eyes of The Cross on the Muslims' worldview. From 1975 to 1990, he pioneered and directed the Navigators work in Egypt. In 1991 he earned a Th.D. in Islamics from the University of South Africa. Since 1991 he has been traveling around the world coaching missionaries and Christian nationals in their understanding of Islam and Muslims. He teaches intensive courses on "Islam and Current Events" and "Radical Islam and a Christian Response" at three seminaries in the States and at two seminaries in Canada. For more information, you may visit his website:


Dennis D. Morgan

Dennis Morgan
Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian University; M.A., Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University; M.A.T.S., Reformed Theological Seminary; Psy.D. Rosemead School of Psychology

Dr. Dennis Morgan (M.A. and Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology) is a faculty member in the College of Counseling of Columbia International University. He is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in South Carolina and is in private practice with the Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC. He was formerly in private practice in Virginia Beach, VA and the Psychological Services Center Clinical Manager and a Clinical Associate Professor at Regent University, in their doctoral program in clinical psychology. His early teaching experience was at Pepperdine University, Malibu, where he coordinated the University counseling center and was adjunct faculty. He has over 30 years of experience in clinical practice in California, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina. He also has significant experience in clinical administration, including his past work as the Vice President of Clinical Services for a large non-profit counseling agency and as the clinical consultant/co-owner of a psychiatric hospital treatment program. Dr. Morgan has a special interest in assisting clients' spiritual formation in the context of clinical practice. This has been a focus for his writing and research. He is the author of Fighting for Peace: Combating Conflict with Character and another book entitled Life in Process, as well as having authored a chapter in Spiritual Formation, Counseling and Psychotherapy. His other publications include journal articles and materials related to spiritual formation in clinical practice. Dr. Morgan and his wife are also with Mission to the World, making annual trips to Europe to provide member care, counseling, educational consulting.

Professional Experience:
Coordinator of Psychological Services, Psychological Services, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 1982-1984; Adjunct Faculty, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA and Los Angeles, CA, 1983-1984; Private Practice, Columbia Psychological Group, Long Beach, CA, 1983-1984; Medical Affiliate Staff, College Hospital, Cerritos, CA, 1983-1984; Private Practice, Campbell Psychological Services, Campbell, CA, 1984-1988; Psychologist, El Camino Hospital, Concern: Employee Assistance Program, Mountain View CA, 1985-1986; Private Practice, Christian Family Counseling Services, Fremont, CA, 1986-1988; Clinical Coordinator, RAPHA Unit, Sharpstown General Hospital, Houston, TX, 1988-1989; Private Practice, Christian Counseling Centers, Campbell, CA, 1989-1993; Clinical Consultant, Rapha/Renewal Unit, Oak Creek Hospital, San Jose, CA, 1991-1992; Co-owner/Board Member, Renewal Psychotherapy Group, Fremont, CA, 1991-1992; Active Professional Staff, Oak Creek Hospital, San Jose, CA, 1991-1993; Vice President - Clinical Services, Christian Counseling Centers, San Francisco Bay Area, 1992-1993; Active Professional Staff, Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, CA, 1992-1993; Senior Psychologist, Tennessee Christian Medical Center, Madison, TN, 1993-1997; Consultant/Owner, Life Phases Consultation, Hendersonville, TN, 1996-1998; Clinical Associate Professor/Psychological Services Center Clinical Manager, Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling, Virginia Beach, VA, 1998-2000; Clinical Psychologist, Christian Psychotherapy Services, Virginia Beach, VA, 2000-2005; Consultant, Pro-Family Counseling Services, Vienna Austria, 2001-present; Clinical Psychologist in part-time private practice at the Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC, 2005-present; Associate Professor, Adjunct Professor in the College of Counseling, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, 2005-present.


Johnny V. Miller

President, 1991-1999

B.A., Arizona State University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Johnny V. Miller served as president of Columbia International University from 1991 to 1999. His tenure as president was a time of growth for CIU, both in programs, and in buildings. It was during his administration that the school changed its name from Columbia Bible College to Columbia International University. During that time the CIU European campus in Korntal, Germany was also accredited by SACS and by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Miller also oversaw the addition of CIU's Muslim studies program, the Distance Learning Program, the Graduate School Education Program, and the Communication Program in the Undergraduate School. Buildings that were constructed on campus during Miller's presidency include The Schuster Building, the Alumni Center, and improvements to student residences, including the installation of air conditioning.

Miller was also involved in the expansion of satellite locations for Ben Lippen School, and the expansion of CIU's broadcasting division when radio station New Life 91.9 WRCM in Charlotte, N.C. went on the air.

Miller has also served as a missionary to Sweden and has been involved in church planting. He has ministered in several foreign countries, including Eastern Europe, India and Egypt.

In high school and college Miller worked as a sports reporter and columnist for the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette. He and his wife, Jeanne, have two married children: Joan and John.

Th.D., 1980, Dallas Theological Seminary; reporter, 1962-65, Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette; teacher, 1965-66, Manual High School, Peoria, IL; teaching fellow, 1970-72, Dallas Theological Seminary; missionary, 1972-74, Sweden; pastor, 1974-79, 1983-90, Cypress Bible Church, Cypress, TX; faculty, 1979-83, Columbia Bible College, president 1991-99, Columbia International University/ 1999-2009, Pastor of Calvary Church, Lancaster, PA.

Roy M. King

A photo of Roy King, professor of Ministry Studies at CIU.
Professor of Ministry Studies
(803) 807-5302
B.S., East Tennessee State University; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min, Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Oxford Graduate School 


Dr. King joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1997 and taught Pastoral Theology until 2003; he then served as director of Alumni Ministries until 2012 when he rejoined the Seminary & School of Ministry faculty; he has taught Ministry Studies from 2012 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as a youth pastor, associate staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, director of the Ben Lippen Conference Center, assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Center, and pastor of two congregations in North Carolina. He is an ordained minister in the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Published books

Published periodical articles, essays, dictionary entries

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Alex T. Luc

Alex Luc
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Hebrew
(803) 807-5357
B.A., Trinity College; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; B.Th., Theological College of Vietnam; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison


Dr. Luc joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1982 and has taught Old Testament and Hebrew from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as a school principle and a pastor in Vietnam. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He has written articles for various scholarly journals and several books in Chinese on Bible interpretation, and served as the Old Testament editor for the CRM Chinese Study Bible. 


Don N. Howell, Jr.

A photo of Don Howell, professor of New Testament and Greek.
Professor of New Testament and Greek
(803) 807-5343
B.I.E., Georgia Institute of Technology; Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Howell joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1995 and served as assistant dean until 1998; he has taught New Testament and Greek from 1998 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served with OMF International in Japan from 1979 until 1994 as a church planter and theological educator. He has taught in Latin America, Eastern Europe, China, and Micronesia and has been Research Fellow at Tyndale House (Cambridge, UK) three times. He is a member of the Evangelical Missiological Society and the Evangelical Theological Society. His books include Servants of the Servant and The Passion of the Servant. He is an ordained Baptist minister.

Published Books

Articles and Chapters in Books

  • “Paul’s Theology of Suffering” in Paul’s Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours  eds. Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry, 95-106.  IVP Academic, 2012.
  • “Romans 15:9b-12: Gentiles as the Culminative Focus of Salvation History,” in Interpreting the New Testament Text: Introduction to the Art and Science of Exegesis, eds. Darrell L. Bock and Buist M. Fanning, 367-375.  Crossway, 2006.
  • “Mission in Paul’s Epistles: Genesis, Pattern, and Dynamics,” in Mission in the New TestamentAn Evangelical Approach, eds. William J. Larkin and Joel F. Williams, 63-91. Orbis, 1998.
  • “Mission in Paul’s Epistles: Theological Bearings,” in Mission in the New TestamentAn Evangelical Approach, eds. William J. Larkin and Joel F. Williams, 92-116.  Orbis, 1998.
  • “Confidence in the Spirit as the Governing Ethos of the Pauline Mission,” in The Holy Spirit and Mission Dynamics, ed. C. Douglas McConnell, 36-65.  William Carey, 1997.
  • “Stewardship: Faithfulness with All He Gives Me,” Decision (April 1997): 13-14.
  • “Confidence in the Spirit as the Governing Ethos of the Pauline Mission,” Trinity Journal 17 NS: 2 (Fall 1996): 203-21.
  • “The Apostle Paul and First Century Religious Pluralism,” in Christianity and the Religions: A Biblical Theology of World Religions, eds. E. Rommen and H. Netland, 92-112.  William Carey, 1995.
  • “The Center of Pauline Theology,” Bibliotheca Sacra 151 (January-March 1994): 51-71.
  • “God-Christ Interchange in Paul: Impressive Testimony to the Deity of Jesus,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 36:4 (December 1993): 467-79.
  • “Pauline Thought in the History of Interpretation,” Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (July-September 1993): 303-26.
  • “Pauline Eschatological Dualism and Its Resulting Tensions,” Trinity Journal 14 NS (Spring 1993): 3-24.
  • “How Wide is God’s Mercy?  A Biblical Perspective on Religious Pluralism,” Hayama Missionary Seminar Journal (Tokyo) 34 (January 1993): 1-26.

Book Reviews

  • Paul Barnett, Paul: Missionary of Jesus. Eerdmans, 2008. In JETS (June 2009): 389-390.
  • Herbert W. Bateman IV, ed., Four Views of the Warning Passages in Hebrews. Kregel, 2007. In JETS (March, 2008): 151-154.
  • Robert L. Plummer, Paul’s Understanding of the Church’s Mission: Did the Apostle Paul Expect Early Christian Communities to Evangelize? Paternoster, 2006. In JETS (June, 2007): 401-403.
  • Thomas R. Schreiner, Paul: Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology. InterVarsity, 2001. In JETS (December, 2002): 707-708.
  • Joel B. Green and Mark D. Baker, Recovering the Scandal of the Cross. InterVarsity, 2000. In EMQ (April, 2001): 258-260.
  • Gregory A. Boyd, God at War: The Bible and Spiritual Conflict. Inter-Varsity, 1997. In EMQ (April, 2000): 192-196.
  • Richard B. Hays, First Corinthians. John Knox, 1997. In JETS (March, 2000): 152-153.
  • Martin Hengel and Anna Maria Schwemer, Paul Between Damascus and Antioch: The Unknown Years. Westminster/John Knox, 1997. In JETS (March, 2000): 148-149.
  • A. Scott Moreau, Essentials of Spiritual Warfare: Equipped to Win the Battle. Harold Shaw, 1997; and Clinton E. Arnold, Three Crucial Questions About Spiritual Warfare. Baker, 1997. In International Bulletin of Missionary Research (October, 1999): 180-182.
  • David A. deSilva, Despising Shame: Honor Discourse and Community Maintenance in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Scholars, 1995. In JETS (March, 1999): 161-163.
  • Gregory A. Boyd, God at War: The Bible in Spiritual Conflict. Inter-Varsity, 1997. In Faith and Mission (Fall 1998): 151-153.
  • Andreas Kostenberger, The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples According to the Fourth Gospel. Eerdmans, 1998. In EMQ (October, 1998): 484-486.
  • Peter Stuhlmacher, Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Westminster/John Knox, 1994. In JETS (December, 1996): 664-666.
  • Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Romans. Doubleday, 1993. In JETS (December, 1995): 614-617.



L. Igou Hodges

Professor of Systematic Theology
(803) 807-5374
B.A., Columbia International University; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

Dr. Hodges joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1978 and has taught Systematic Theology from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he taught at Toccoa Falls College from 1975 until 1978. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Published Books

Published Periodical Articles, Essays, Dictionary Entries

  • Contributor to the Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology (Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark), 1993        
  • "Evangelical Definitions of Inspiration: Critiques and a Suggested Definition,"  The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 37/1 (March, 1994), 99-114.
  • “Reformed Worship,” Faith and Practice (2/1), Spring, 1996
  • “The Bible in the Twenty-first Century,” in New Dimensions in Evangelical Theology (festschrift for Millard J. Erickson), ed. David Dockery (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1998).

Published Book Reviews

  • Review of Harold Lindsell, The Bible in the Balance, in The Westminster Theological Journal (LXIII/1), 1980, 169-173.
  • Review of Dale Moody, The Word of Truth: A Summary of Christian Doctrine Based on Biblical Revelation, in Trinity Journal (3/1) 1982, 94-99.
  • Review of The New Exhaustive Concordance.  Ed. By Edward W. Goodrick and John R. Kohlenbergr, III.  Grand Rapids, 1990, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 1993.
  • Review of The Quest for Truth: Answering Lifes Inescapable Questions, by Leroy Forlines, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, December 1, 2002.
  • Review of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation. Edited by Hans J. Hillderbrand, et al., 1996.

Professional Presentations

  • “The Old Testament Concept of Holiness,” paper presented to the Southeastern section of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 1980.
  • “Toward a Definition of Inspiration: A Critical Assessment of Selected Attempts,” paper presented to the Southeastern section of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 1986.
  • “An Evangelical Response to Gordon Kaufman’s An Essay on Theological Method, paper presented to the Southeastern section of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 1988.
  • “An Evangelical Defense of Systematic Theology,” paper presented to the Southeastern section of the Evangelical Theological Society, March, 1989
  • “A Defense of the Tripartite Understanding of the Law Articulated in “The Westminster Confession, paper presented to the Evangelical Philosophical Society, 1990
  • “A Critical Analysis and Defense of the Innateness of the Knowledge of God,” paper given to the Evangelical Philosophical Society, November, 1991.
  • “Evangelical Definitions of Inspiration: Critiques and a Suggested Definition,” presidential address, Evangelical Philosophical Society, November 20, 1992.
  • “Theological and Philosophical Foundations for the Doctrine of Inerrancy,” paper presented to the Reformed Fellowship of the Southeastern United Stated, March 18, 1997
  • “An Analysis of the Evangelical Doctrine of Scripture at the End of the Present Century, paper presented to the Southeastern section of the Evangelical Theological Society, March, 1997
  • “The Future of Evangelical Bibliology: Constructing and Presenting the Seamless Garment in a Hostile World,” Southeastern section of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 27, 2006.

Richard J. Higgins

Richard J. Higgins
(803) 807-5376

B.A., University of Rochester; M.Ed., University of South Carolina; M.Div., D.Min., Columbia Biblical Seminary & Graduate School of Missions


Dr. Higgins serves as Associate Pastor of The Church at LifePark in Mount Pleasant, SC. From 1992 until 1996, he served CIU first as university registrar, then as dean of married students. From 1996 until 2013, he served on the faculty of the Seminary & School of Ministry as associate dean for ministry skills development.

Dr. Higgins holds a DMin from Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions, an MEd from the University of South Carolina, and a BA from the University of Rochester


Joan E. Havens

Spanish Professor

B.A. (Spanish), Fairleigh Dickinson University; M.A. (Spanish), University of California at Los Angeles; M.A, Columbia Biblical Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Joan Havens is director of the Master of Christian Education (MACE) degree program at Columbia Biblical Seminary & School of Missions. She has taught in public and Christian schools and served in churches as coordinator of Christian education and director of children's ministries. She was an adjunct instructor in religious education at Southwestern Baptist Seminary and in Spanish at Texas Christian University.

In 1992 she joined the seminary faculty after serving for 31/2 years as director of children's ministries at Southcliff Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Havens taught in the Paramus Public Schools, Paramus, New Jersey, for 17 years, and at Our Lady of Victory School, Fort Worth, Texas, for three years. She is the author of "Parent Education Levels as They Relate to Academic Achievement Among Home Schooled Children," Home School Researcher, Vol. 10, num. 4, 1994.

B.A., 1966 Fairleigh Dickinson University; M.A., 1969, University of California at Los Angeles; M.A.C.E., 1985, Columbia Biblical Seminary & Graduate School of Missions; Ph.D., 1991, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; teacher, 1969-86, Paramus Public Schools, Paramus, NJ; Coordinator of Christian Education, 1985-86, First Baptist Church of Grantwood, Cliffside Park, NJ; teacher, 1986-89, Our Lady of Victory School, Fort Worth, TX; Adjunct instructor in Spanish, 1990-92, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX; Director of Children’s Ministries, 1989-92, Southcliff Baptist Church. Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions, 1992 .



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