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Tom Barbian

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Tom Barbian
Counseling Professor
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B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University

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 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. No. 2665
South Carolina: Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Lic. # 3823
California: Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor Lic. MFC # 27025
and is a Licensed Minister with Harvest Community Church, Southern Baptist.

Married for over thirty years, Dr. Barbian and his wife Corrine have five children.

B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University; Ph.D., Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology; 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; Licensed Professional Counselor.

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Milton V. Uecker

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Milton Uecker, Associate Dean of the College of Education at CIU
Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education, Associate Dean of the College of Education, Professor of Education
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(803) 807-5319

B.A., Concordia University Chicago formerly Concordia Teachers College; M.Ed., University of Texas; Ed.D., University of Virginia 

Dr. Milt Uecker, Ed.D., is the Associate Dean of the College of Education and teaches courses on educational philosophy, early childhood education, and curriculum. He is a national and international conference speaker and a contributor to the Christian Early Education and Christian School Education journals for the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI). Dr. Uecker views placing God’s Word at the center of the curriculum as essential to the Christian school movement.

B.A., Concordia University Chicago formerly Concordia Teachers College; M.Ed., University of Texas; Ed.D., University of Virginia; teacher, The Seoul Foreign School, 1969-71; teaching principal, Hope Lutheran School, 1971-74; teacher, principal, Norfolk Christian Schools, 1975-89; associate professor and director of early childhood program, Regent University, 1991-95; resident faculty, dean Graduate School, associate dean College of Education, director Lowrie Center, Columbia International University, 2005-present.

  • Assessing Institutional Effectiveness
  • The Spiritual Formation of Children
  • Christian School Philosophy and Development
  • Teaching Children to Think
  • Biblical Integration within the Classroom
  • Curriculum Development
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Allan D. McKechnie

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Photo of Dr. Allan McKechnie, CIU professor
Professor of Ministry Care
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(803) 807-5342
B.B.E., Columbia International University; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; D.Min., Bethel Seminary

Dr. McKechnie joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after teaching Psychology in the Bible College from 1992 until 1995; he has taught Ministry Care from 1995 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as associate pastor in Pennsylvania, youth pastor, staff therapist, and director of counseling and family life in Illinois. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has published several articles, co-planted a church, and served as teaching pastor.

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Rhonda Pruitt

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A photo of Rhonda Pruitt, a professor at CIU.
Professor of Missionary Care
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(803) 807-5347
B.S., Holmes College of the Bible; M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; M.Ed., Regent University

 

Dr. Pruitt joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2001 and has taught Missionary Care from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia she taught, counseled, and provided member care services in Asia and Europe. She is licensed as a therapist and supervisor in South Carolina, is certified in REBT Therapy with the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, and continues to provide missionary care services around the world with Pentecostal Holiness World Ministries.

Published books

  • Currently writing as a major contributor on a book on care needs of single missionary.
     
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Elaine Lindsey

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Emeritus Professor of Education
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(803) 807-5323

B.S., Houghton College; Ed.M., Temple University; Ed.D., University of South Carolina

Elaine's background and on-going experience in curricular issues, instructional supervision, and curriculum evaluation and development, make her a valuable asset to the M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs.

 

Science Teacher, Boonville Central School, 1959-1962; Research Geochemist, Columbia University Lamont Labs, 1962-1966; Teacher, Asheville Christian Academy,1976-1981; Teacher, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ben Lippen School, 1981- 2006; Southeast Region Commissioner, Chairperson for Accreditation Teams Southeast Region, ACSI, 1995-present; Chairperson for Accreditation Teams, NC, SC, GA, SACS, 2000-present ; Adjunct Faculty, Resident Faculty, Professor Emeritus, Columbia International University, 1995-present.

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James E. Watson

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James E. Watson
Coordinator of Ph.D. Research & Dissertations, Professor of Education
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(803) 807-5320

B.A., Asbury College; M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary; M.C.S., Regent College; M.Ed., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University

James Watson currently serves Columbia International University as a professor in the College of Education.  Dr. Watson’s teaches in the Ph.D., M.Ed. and M.A.T. programs. He has served churches, Christian schools, and colleges as pastor, teacher, coach, school administrator, and professor. He and his wife, Lynn, were married in 1970.  Their older daughter, Jennifer, teaches at Roslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya and Susan and her husband, Ben, live in Columbia where Susan is a teacher.

B.A., Asbury College; M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary; M.C.S., Regent College; M.Ed., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Teacher, Westminster Academy 1974-1981; Associate Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1974-81; Assistant Superintendent, Grace Brethren Christian Schools, 1983-85; Administrator, Wheaton Christian High School, 1985-89; Adjunct Professor, Grace Theological Seminary, 1985-95; Associate Professor, Asbury College, 1989-93; Pastor of Adult Education, Community Church of Greenwood, 1993-98; Director, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Indianapolis Extension, 1993-98; Adjunct Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1993-2000; Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 1998-2000; Administrator, Christian Academy, 1998-2000; Adjunct Professor, Resident Faculty, Columbia International University, 1995-present.

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William Lindsay Hislop

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Lindsay Hislop
Professor Emeritus
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(803) 807-5311
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B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Lindsay Hislop was raised in southern Scotland and southern Ontario and now lives in the southern United States. He worked in the engineering field for 15 years (mostly in Canada) before pursuing an academic career. He serves as an elder in his church, where he teaches regularly and preaches sometimes. He is married to a wonderful wife Pam and has two terrific children, Holly, who lives in Canada, and Doug, who lives in Columbia. His four grandchildren, Isaac, Madeline, Lindsay, and Dolan, are also pretty special. He likes doing carpentry and odd jobs around the house.

B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina; teaching assistant, University of South Carolina, 1982-83; faculty member, Columbia Bible College, 1983-1992; faculty member, Columbia International University Seminary & School of Missions, 1992-present.

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Larry R. Wagner

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Professor of Counseling
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(803) 807-5127

B.A., Wheaton College; M.Ed., George Mason University; Ph.D., Texas A&M

Dr. Wagner is a professor in the undergraduate and graduate programs at CIU.  Larry began his walk with Christ at age 13 when he went forward at a Billy Graham Crusade. His desire for ministry germinated during his years at Wheaton College. Inner-city ministries in Chicago and Los Angeles solidified God's call on his life to help people who are hurting. Larry has fulfilled this call as an associate pastor, guidance counselor, and psychologist. In addition to his love for teaching, he is passionate about helping couples and training lay counselors in the local church. He is married and has two children. When Larry wants to wind down, he engages in sports activities.

B.A., Wheaton College; M.Ed., George Mason University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University; associate pastor, Arlington Memorial Church, Arlington, Va. 1978-82; director of guidance, Westminster Christian School, Miami, Fla., 1984-86; graduate teaching assistant/lecturer, Texas A&M University, 1986-89; research consultant/psychologist, Family Studies Foundation, Atlanta, Ga., 1990-92; psychologist/clinical supervisor, Atlanta Counseling Center, Atlanta, Ga., 1992-96.

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Mark Wenger

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Mark Wenger, English Professor
English Professor
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(803) 807-5493

B.A., University of South Carolina; M.A., Columbia International University; additional graduate studies, University of South Carolina

Raised by missionary parents in Costa Rica and Mexico, Mark grew up speaking English and Spanish and developed an abiding fascination with languages. Over the years he has studied Chinese, Korean, and, most recently, Hebrew. He and his wife -- raised as an MK in Zimbabwe -- served for two years in Seoul, Korea, as teachers in a Korean missionary training institution and were preparing to go to a similar work in Argentina before God called them to serve at CIU as trainers of cross-cultural witnesses of Christ Jesus. The Wengers devote their time to raising their four young children, and they love to host people in their home (Mark cooks a mean Korean barbecue).

B.A., University of South Carolina; M.A., Columbia International University; director, International Friendship English Program, Columbia, S.C., 1991-93; adjunct faculty, Columbia Bible College and Seminary, 1992-93; adjunct faculty, English Program for Internationals, University of South Carolina, 1993-94; faculty, Columbia Bible College, 1993-94; missionary, Mission to the World, 1995-99; Director, Summer English Program, Ben Lippen High School, 1995; teacher and director of Chinese Student Program, Ben Lippen High School, 1996; adjunct faculty, Columbia International University, 1999-2001. 2001

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Shirl Schiffman

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Shirl Schiffman
Professor of Ministry Studies
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(803) 807-5717
Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University; B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University 
 

Dr. Schiffman joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after serving as director of instructional development for distance education from 1989 until 2006; she has taught Ministry Studies from 2006 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, she taught in two secular universities, served as a consultant for the Virginia Department of Education, and facilitated a graduate-level program for the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. She is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education and has ministered cross-culturally in India and Germany. 

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