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Linda Murdaugh

A photo of Linda Murdaugh, the director of Professional Education Field Experiences at CIU
Director of Professional Education Field Experiences
(803) 807-5344

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.

Connie Mitchell

A photo of Connie Mitchell, dean of the College of Education at CIU.
Dean of the College of Education
(803) 807-5393

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.


Kevin McWilliams

A photo of Kevin McWilliams, Bible and Intercultural Studies professor at CIU.
Bible Studies Professor
(803) 807-5602

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.

Rod Lewis

A photo of Rod Lewis, CIU's Music Program Director.
Music Program Director, Professor of Music
(803) 807-5190

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

Joe LeTexier

Joe LeTexier, TEFL Coordinator
TEFL Coordinator
(803) 807-5613

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.

Karen Grant

Photo of Karen Grant, CIU Professor of Youth Ministry, Family & Culture
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family and Culture
(803) 807-5466
B.A., California State University, Chico; M.A., California State University, Stanislaus; M.A., Moody Bible Institute; Bible Certificate, D.Min., Columbia International University

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.

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Stephen H. Farra

Photo for Steve Farra
Psychology Program Director, Professor of Psychology
(803) 807-5125

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

Daniel F. DeLozier

Dan Delozier, Communication Program Director
Professional Studies Division Chair, Communication Program Director
(803) 807-5163

B.S., Lancaster Bible College; M.S., Temple University; Ed.D., Temple University

Dan's passion for "Communicating Christ Creatively" is seen in his life, ministry and family. As the chairman of the communication program, his desire is to incorporate technology into the communication process in such a way that it is not obtrusive or distracting from the message. Building on his past experience as the director of communication at Lancaster Bible College, and his current ministry role as minister of communication at Gateway Baptist Church, Dan continues to pursue the challenges associated with the evolution of technology and its impact on the world and the Word of God.

Dan is married to Lanie, and they have two daughters.

B.S., Lancaster Bible College; M.S., Temple University; Ed.D., Temple University; director of Communications, Lancaster Bible College, 1982-89; pastor of ministries, Faith Bible Fellowship Church, Lancaster, Pa., 1990-95; minister of communication, Gateway Baptist Church 1996-2003.

John Crutchfield

John Crutchfied, Middle Eastern Studies Program Director
Middle Eastern Studies Program Director, Professor of Bible
(803) 807-5633

Certificate form Torchbearer Schools, Capernwray Hall, England and Tauernhof, Austria; B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Israel Study Tour, 1990; M.Phil., D.Phil., Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati

John grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and enjoys being outside in cold weather. As a kid in the '70s, he played ice hockey and watched the Browns and Indians lose a lot of games. As a college student, he traveled extensively in Europe and Israel. He counseled troubled youth for the Hamilton County Juvenile Court in Cincinnati, Ohio, for five years before pastoring churches in suburban Cincinnati and in Ohio farm country. As professor of Bible, John is passionate about attaching young people to God as their primary source of self-image, security, fulfillment, and purpose in life. He believes all of life should be lived with joyful passion to the glory of God. He enjoys studying, taking long walks, and spending time with his wife and four children.

Certificate, Torchbearer Schools, Capernwray Hall, England and Tauernhof, Austria; B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Israel Study Tour, 1990; M.Phil., D.Phil., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio; pastor, Christ Evangelical Free Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996-1998; pastor, Fairhaven Community Church, Camden, Ohio, 1998-2001; instructor in Old Testament, New Life Bible College, Moscow, Russia, 2000. 2001

Anita J. Cooper

Anita Cooper, Bible Teaching Program Director at CIU
Bible Teaching (Undergraduate and M.A.B.T.) Program Director
(803) 807-5455

B.S., Columbia Bible College; M.Ed., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of South Carolina; advanced biblical studies, Reformed Theological Seminary and Columbia International University

Dr. Cooper directs the Bible Teaching program, a program specifically designed to prepare students to teach the Bible in a school setting. Before coming to CIU, she taught Bible in the public schools in Tennessee and West Virginia in grades K-12. Since joining the CIU team in 1985, she has challenged her students to cultivate a passion for teaching the Bible for "heart and mind." She teaches courses in Bible, Bible teaching, education and psychology in Romania, Ukraine, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and New Zealand as well as at CIU. You may find her gardening, reading, doing photography, woodworking or meditating at a coffee shop when she is not engaged in her love of teaching or hanging out with students.

Teacher, Hamilton County Public Schools, Chattanooga, Tenn., 1975-77; teacher, Mercer County Public Schools, Bluefield, .Va., 1977-85. 1985


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