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.
Dr. Olshine joined the CIU faculty in 1993. He has taught Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture from 2010 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as minister of youth, associate pastor, and senior pastor in Ohio and Oklahoma. He has authored or co-authored more than 18 books.
- Youth Ministry: What’s Gone Wrong and how to get it right Abingdon Press 10/15/13
- Studies on the Go: Proverbs Zondervan 7/10/10
- Studies on the Go: Philippians Colossians first and second Thessalonians Zondervan 7/28/09
- I want to talk with my teen about Guy stuff Standard publishing 10/2/06
- The Revelation Epic: preparing Youth Group’s for Earth’s Final Days: A creative study of Revelation 5-22 Standard publishing January 2003
- Actual Reality: Livin’ the truth in an unreal world Standard Publishing 9/15/2004
- The Revelation Letters: Preparing Youth Groups for Christ’s Return Standard Publishing May 2001
- Down but Not Out Parenting: 50 Ways to Win With Your Teen IUniverse, Inc. 12/28/2000
- Staying on top: How to know God in an Upside-Down World Standex International Corporation 12/1/94
- Getting it together Harvest House Publishers 2/28/1986
- Tag-Team Youth Ministry: 50 ways to involve parents and other caring adults iUniverse December 2000
- How to Have Real Conversation with Your Teen: Tips from Veteran Youth Workers-With teens of their own Standard Publishing 1998
- Reaching a Generation for Christ: A Comprehensive Guide to Youth Ministry Moody Publishers 1997
- Soul Care: Just an Humble Guy May 2013
- Soul Care: The Shift From Me To Them: Youth Doing Ministry February 2013
- Soul Care: Warning Signs for the Dying Soul February 2012
- Creative Bible Lessons on the Trinity March 2012
- Rites of Passage and Cultural Markers May 2012
- Soul Care: Is American-Style Youth Ministry Killing Your Soul? March 2011
- Wired that Way: How Your Temperament Impacts Your Profession and Passion May 2011
- Soul Care: Recalculating: Handling Conflict in Ministry November 2011
- Soul Care: From Green to Gray: Tips for Ministry Longevity October 2010
- Gray Can (Still) Seize the Day: Years Bring Advantages to Older Youth Workers October 2010
- Soul Care: Pain that Heals March 2009
- Maturity Rarely Happens Solo April 2009
- Curve Balls, Gut Punches an Heartaches October 2009
- The Graying of the American Youth Worker December 2009
- The ‘In-Between’ Bunch: Using Interns in Your Ministry December 2009
- Boys Will Be Boys: Rites of Passage and Male Teens December 2009
- Grumpy Old Youth Workers? Part 1: the Grace and Calling of Growing Older in Ministry December 2009
- Grumpy Old Youth Workers? Part 2: The Costs and Benefits of Growing Old in Ministry December 2009
- The Journal of a Junkie December 2009
- The Heart of the Matter March 2008
- The Sabbath Sabbatical July 2008
- Soul Care: Caped Crusaders October 2008
- Confronting the Avoidance Syndrome September 2008
- Confessions of an Aging Youth Ministry Worker March 2007
- To Go or Stay in Youth Ministry: That Is The Question July 2007
- The Tale of Two Events November 2007
- Scanning Beneath the Surface May 2001
- Soul Care: Anchor of My Soul
B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin; Ed.D., University of Illinois
For more than 40 years, Dr. Osterlund taught all ages - from kindergarten to seminary doctoral students. He has been a part of television and radio production and involved in Youth for Christ and Band Camping programs. But perhaps the most life-changing time of his life was the four years Dave and his wife spent in Ethiopia, working with the Ethiopian, the European, and the American. He brings all of these experiences to his classroom, the choir, and to every cross-cultural class and worship discussion.
B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin; Ed.D., University of Illinois; instrumental and vocal music in the public schools, Barnum, Minn. and Superior, Wis., 1958-66; music faculty, University of Wisconsin, Superior, 1966-69; director of music, American Community School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1969-71; director of music, Good Shepherd School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1971-73; music teaching assistant, University of Illinois, 1973-74; visiting lecturer in music education, University of Wisconsin, 1974-75; chairman, division of fine arts and department of music, Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minn., 1975-89.
B.A., California Baptist College; M.A., California State University
Linda’s role in the College of Education is to direct and oversee elementary and early childhood field experiences, including student teaching. Her 15 years of teaching in elementary and middle school provided invaluable and formative experience, especially in developing a love for teaching literacy. Embracing the motto of “changed lives change lives”, Linda desires to train with excellence highly qualified Christian teachers who think, teach and lead biblically wherever God leads. Mrs. Murdaugh values the many collaborative school relationships fostered over the past two decades which allow CIU candidates diverse settings to serve in and to practice their teaching skills. When away from teaching, Linda enjoys time with her husband Dan and daughter Amy.
Teacher, First Southern Baptist Christian School of Fountain Valley, 1979; teacher, curriculum director, Riverside Christian Day School,1979-91; teacher, Ben Lippen School, 1991-93; resident faculty, Director of Professional Education Field Experiences, Columbia International University, 1993-present.
B.A., Florida Bible College; B.S., Bryan College; M.A., Ed.D., University of Miami
Dr. Connie Mitchell serves at Columbia International University as Dean for the College of Education. She has been teaching since 1967, almost all in biblical higher education. Although she has often had an administrative role, including many responsibilities with accreditation, Professor Mitchell feels teaching in the classroom and at conferences is her most enjoyable role. She desires to support educators in their quest to serve as teachers and educational leaders, sustained with a Christian philosophy of education and a global vision. Dr. Mitchell joined CIU as a resident faculty member in 1997 although she has been an adjunct professor since 1991. When not teaching, Connie enjoys traveling with her husband George.
Teacher, Coconut Grove Elementary School, 1967-72; Faculty, Director of Education, Florida Bible College, 1972-96; Adjunct Faculty, Valencia Community College, 1983-92; Adjunct Faculty, Resident Faculty, Associate Dean Graduate School, Dean College of Education, Columbia International University, 1991-present.
B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity International University
Having grown up in Ohio, Kevin has spent his adult life thawing out in Florida, the West Indies, and South Carolina. His ministry has included discipling some awesome young people as a youth pastor in Orlando, Fla., helping churches in the West Indies to train their leaders, and church planting back in Orlando. Seeing believers nurtured and equipped for life and ministry is what gets him up in the morning. Kevin's favorite people are his wife Lainie, their wonderful children and spouses, and their precious grandchildren. And whenever he finds time, he enjoys walking and woodworking. He is amazed at God's grace and grateful for the privilege of serving Him at CIU.
B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity International University. assistant pastor, Westwood Alliance Chapel, Orlando, Fla., 1979-81; missionary, president, TREQ Ministries International, 1985-92; pastor, Southwest Community Alliance Church, Orlando, Fla., 1993-96; worship leader, Sandhills Community Church, 1999-2006.
B.A. in Music Education, Alderson Broaddus College; M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina;n D.M.A. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina
Dr. Rod believes that as a Christian he is called to use his music in three ways: to worship, to reach non-believers with the gospel and to encourage other believers. The desire to participate in all these areas has led him to simultaneously explore diverse musical paths. Dr. Rod recognizes that the art of learning, creating, and making music is a parable for life, and specifically, the Christian life. He finds it difficult to separate music and art from any aspect of life; therefore, it is an expression of his relationship with Christ, a tool for evangelism, and an offering back to the Giver. As a teacher, his desire is to show students that music can be effective in all these areas and that there need not be a dichotomy between the Christian and secular aspects of life, or between calling and vocation.
B.A. in Music Education, Alderson Broaddus College; M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina; D.M.A. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina; studio guitarist, Harvest Gospel Studio, 1985; teacher, Greencastle Antrim High School, 1986-88; private guitar lessons, 1981-present. 1990
B.A., Crown College; M.A., M.Div. Columbia International University
Joe is a native of northwest Minnesota who enjoys the game of ice hockey and playing the guitar. He met his wife Susana, a native of Spain, while serving there as a missionary in 1991. Joe and his wife are fluent in both English and Spanish, and are raising their children in a bilingual home. Ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth is the driving passion in Joe's life. One of the favorite parts of his job is preparing ICS and TEFL interns to teach and minister in a wide variety of cross-cultural settings, both in the United States and abroad. As an instructor in TEFL and linguistics courses, he desires to facilitate the growth of his students not only as educators, but also as future bi-vocational missionaries and Bible translators.
B.A., Crown College; M.A., Columbia International University; M.Div., Columbia Biblical Seminary; Church-planting missionary, Spain, 1993; summer ESL teacher and program supervisor, Richland 1 Public School Adult Basic Education, Columbia, S.C., 1996-present; Spanish Court Interpreter, U.S. Federal Court, 2002-present; Teaching Fellow, Columbia Biblical Seminary, 1996-2002; resident adjunct faculty, CIU Undergraduate School, 2000-2002; resident faculty, CIU Undergraduate School, 2002-present. Currently working on his doctorate in Linguistics from USC.
Dr. Karen Grant joined the CIU faculty in 2001 and continues to teach Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture courses in the Seminary & School of Ministry. Before coming to Columbia, she served as senior high women’s director and junior high director in congregations in Illinois. She has ministered cross-culturally in South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras.
- Contributer to Breaking the Gender Barrier in Youth Ministry: The emerging role of women in youth leadership. (Chapter 11: Thinking Creatively) Victor Books. (1995)
- Contributor to Youth Ministry: What’s Gone Wrong & How to Get in Right. Abingdon Press. (2013)
- Contributor to Studies on the Go: James, 1-2 Peter, & 1-3 John. Zondervan (2014)
B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Wheaton College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Albert Ellis Institute
Dr. Farra grew up in a missionary family before attending Wheaton College and Graduate School. At Wheaton, Dr. Farra met his wife Sharon. After graduating with his Master's degree, he taught psychology courses, coached cross-country, and served as the pastor of a small church in Minnesota while concurrently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He and his growing family moved even further north to the Brainerd Lakes area, where he directed two mental health clinics, one of them in a regional medical center, before moving to South Carolina to join the faculty of CIU. Dr. Farra and Sharon have been blessed with six children; two are graduates of CIU. Besides the study of human psychology, Dr. Farra loves church ministry, singing in quartets, macro photography, and deep-sea fishing.
B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Wheaton College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Associate Professor of Psychology and Cross-Country Coach, Northwestern College, 1975-85; Founder/Therapist/Operational Director, Christian Counseling and Reconciliation Service, Brainerd, MN, 1985-95; Supervising Psychologist, Center Lakes Medical Center, Crosby, Minn., 1991-95; Court Appointed Examiner, Cass County, Minn., 1991-95. 1995