College of Arts & Sciences

Jonathan Reibsamen

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Photo of Jonathan Reibsamen, Director of Philosophy at CIU
Associate Professor, Director of Philosophy

B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., Biola University; Ph.D, Saint Louis University

Jonathan was born in Peru, where his parents were missionaries. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and completed his undergraduate education at CIU in 1998. After working for a couple of years in Columbia as an audio/visual technician, and then in Austin, Texas, as a web application developer, he finally discovered his passion for teaching through involvement in local church ministry.

Jonathan received his MA in Philosophy from Biola University in 2006, and taught for a term at Scott Theological College (now Scott Christian University) in Machakos, Kenya, before beginning his doctoral studies at Saint Louis University in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. in 2015 and worked for SLU as a grant project manager until receiving the call to CIU in 2017.

Jonathan and his wife, Julie, were married in 2008, and have three children, Evalia, Ethan and Emmett. Jonathan enjoys going on family adventures, playing with his kids, reading good books, and having good conversations.

Jonathan's desire for himself and for his students is to learn to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, and so become true lovers of wisdom.

Daniel Janosik

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Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor of Apologetics

A.B., College of William and Mary; M.Div., Columbia International University; M.A., Columbia International University; Ph.D., London School of Theology

Dr. Janosik’s academic interests include: Theological Apologetics, Scientific Apologetics; Apologetics to Islam; Church History; and Historical Theology.

In over 20 years of teaching university students, Dr. Janosik’s desire has been to challenge his students to think critically of themselves and of the material that they are studying so that they might show themselves approved of the Lord. He also wants them to understand the subject matter as accurately and proficiently as they can so that they will be able to assess the world around them and make decisions that are godly and wise. Therefore, in his own teaching he seeks to be thorough in his research, accurate in his summations and God-honoring in his words.

Articles: 

  • “The Development of the Trinity Through Controversy,” Christian Apologetics Journal, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2013)
  • “John of Damascus’ Influence on Kalam,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 10, no.2 (Fall 2012).
  • “The Fate of Culture in J.D. Unwin’s Sex and Culture,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 10, no. 1 (Spring 2012).
  • “The Real Story Behind the Massacre of the Banu Qurayza,” 97-114. Insights into Islam: Contemporary and Historical Studies on Islam and Christianity. Occasional Papers in the Study of Islam and Other Faiths, no.3 (Melbourne School of Theology Press, 2012),
  • “Can a Christian Believe in Evolution?” Reach Out Columbia (Spring 2012).
  • “John of Damascus, First Apologist to the Muslims,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 9, no. 1 (Spring 2011).
  • “John of Damascus’ Response to the Islamic View of Justification by works: A contribution of Early Islamic Theology,” Global Journal of Classic Theology, vol. 10, no. 1, Spring 2011.
  • “Early Islam According to the Neo-Revisionists,” Occasional Papers in the Study of Islam and Other Faiths (Summer 2009).
  • “The Bible is Accurate and Trustworthy,” Connection Magazine (Spring 2009).
  • “Explaining the Trinity to a Muslim,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 4, no. 2 (Fall 2005).

Book Reviews:

  • “Christology in Dialogue with Muslims: A Critical Analysis of Christian Presentations of Christ for Muslims From the Ninth and Twentieth Centuries” by Mark Beaumont, November 2009.
  • “A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman’s Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide” by Mark Siljander, Christian Apologetics Journal, Spring 2011, 89.
  • “Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target” by John Lennox, Christian Apologetics Journal, Spring 2013, 111.

Amy DuBois

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Professor of Business & Organizational Leadership
803-807-5634

B.A. Southern Methodist University; MBA Baylor University; DBA Student at Grand Canyon University

Amy came to CIU in the spring of 2013 as an adjunct faculty member in finance. In January 2014 she joined CIU as a full-time faculty member in the Business and Organizational Leadership program. Amy is completing her Doctorate of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Sandra Young

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Liberal Arts Division Chair, English Program Director, Professor of English
803-807-5492

B.A., George Fox University; Certificate in Bible, Columbia International University; M.A.T. in English, The Citadel; Ph.D. in English, University of South Carolina; teacher, Charleston County School District, 1999-2001; Faculty member, Columbia College, 2006-2013; Faculty, Columbia International University, 2013 – present.

Sandra was born and reared in Toppenish, Washington.  After graduating from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, she married and moved to Columbia, South Carolina where she found employment as an executive secretary and administrative assistant.  She earned her master’s degree in Charleston, South Carolina and upon completion taught high school English in a local urban high school.  When the family returned to Columbia, she enrolled at the University of South Carolina and earned a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Composition and African American Literature.  Sandra taught writing, literature, and methods classes for seven years at Columbia College where she directed the English Education program. Sandra relaxes by either reading a good book or spending time with her husband, Charles and their two adult children and marvels that God has allowed her to make a living doing what she enjoys most.

B.A., George Fox University; Certificate in Bible, Columbia International University; M.A.T. in English, The Citadel; Ph.D. in English, University of South Carolina; Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant, 1982-1994; teacher, Charleston County School District, 1999-2001. Faculty member, Columbia College, 2006-2013

Phyllis Kilbourn

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Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn
Adjunct Professor of Education

Ph.D., Trinity International University; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Trevecca Nazarene

Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn is the founder of Rainbows of Hope and Crisis Care Training International, both global ministries of WEC International to children in crisis. She is a child advocate, trauma trainer, and author/editor of a number of handbooks focused on interviews for children in crisis, and has served in Liberia and Kenya with WEC International. She holds a Ph.D. in education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL., a MA in Christian education from Asbury Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene. Dr. Kilbourn has taught crisis care training seminars and/or conducted research in many countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Truly she is one of the most respected pioneers of the children-in-crisis movement.

Michael Naylor

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A photo of Michael Naylor, New Testament professor at CIU.
Bible Studies Chair, Professor of New Testament

B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

Mike Naylor is a New Testament professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Originally from Iowa, Mike has also lived in Chicago, Edinburgh (Scotland), and Maryland. Mike joined the faculty at Columbia International University in 2012 after serving as an adjunct faculty member at Liberty University Online, Mountain State University, and the Evening Bible Institute of Appalachian Bible College.

Jim Brown

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Psychology Professor

B.A., Belhaven College; M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary; M.A., Columbia International University

Mr. Brown has his own practice as a professional counselor for individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents and group therapy. He specializes in addictions. He teaches several courses on the undergraduate level as an adjunct professor. You may learn more at his website www.JimBrownLPC.com.

B.A. in Christian Ministries, Belhaven College, Jackson, MS; Master of Divinity, Degree in Pastoral Counseling, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO; M.A. in Counseling, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC; Served as Assistant Pastor working with Youth, College age and Families in Hattiesburg, MS; St. Louis, MO; Miami, FL and Irmo, SC; Presently in private practice for the past 10 plus years as a professional counselor and supervisor of LPC Interns; teaching, preaching, training and consulting in various settings.

Karen Close

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Karen Close, Director of Christian Service Learning at CIU
Director of Christian Service Learning
(803) 807-5465

B.A. (Ministry) Western Christian College, Canada; M.A. & M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; D.Min., Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

Karen grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She dropped out of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas to marry Jack Close, who was a Doctoral student at the University of Texas, a Canadian, and widower with a son, Allen. Jack and Karen moved to South Carolina after serving in ministry for over 30 years with Western Christian high school and college in Canada. While in Canada she was heavily involved in church and community volunteer activities.

Karen is passionate about the church and helping to make it a safe place for people to receive help and spiritual guidance. In addition to her role at CIU, she serves as a counselor, with an emphasis in family systems, at the Lexington Church of Christ where she also teaches ladies Bible classes and marriage and family classes. She says that her most meaningful accomplishment is her long marriage to the love of her life, her three married children and eight grandchildren.

2004-2007 Adjunct Professor , Western Christian College, Canada; 2007 - present, Board of Directors, Western Christian College, Canada; 2004-present, Counselor, Lexington Church of Christ.

Chris Essig

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Guitar Instructor
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M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina under the instruction of Christopher Berg; B.A. in Guitar Performance, Geneva College

Chris Essig has been teaching guitar for over nine years and enjoys teaching and performing in the Columbia area. Mr. Essig has given recitals at the University of South Carolina (USC), the Columbia Guitar Society, Geneva College, Columbia International University (CIU), and various weddings and events. Mr. Essig specializes in classical guitar and contemporary/traditional worship styles. His philosophy in teaching the guitar is to help students reach an in-depth understanding of the blessing and power of music through the study of guitar technique, music theory, interpretation, repertoire, and musicianship.

M.M. in guitar performance from the University of South Carolina (USC) under the instruction of Christopher Berg; B.A. in Guitar Performance from Geneva College. Guitar teacher, Carolina Music Academy (2004-present); adjunct faculty guitarist, Columbia International University (2007-present); guitar teacher, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (2004-present); Worship Coordinator, Columbia Crossroads Northeast Church (2008-present); Worship Leader New Kirk Presbyterian church (2004-2008).

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