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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).

Alison Branham

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Voice Instructor

B.Mus., Columbia College; M.Mus., University of South Carolina; doctoral candidate, University of South Carolina

Lee Branham performs extensively around the Columbia area, and has in the past, performed international opera and oratorio through the University of South Carolina. She actively works to keep her students performing at the standards of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and she looks forward to introducing new vocal programming at CIU in the future. Outside of her singing career, she raises a family, participates extensively in her church choir and other local choir programs, enjoys reading, composing children's songs, and volunteers her musical abilities at nursing homes in the community.

B. M. in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music, Columbia College; M. M. in Vocal and Opera Performance, University of South Carolina. Mrs. Branham is in the process of pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education from Columbia International University; private studio teacher and music faculty: Riverland Hills Music Academy, 2005-2008; Carolina Music Academy, 2006-2007; private studio teacher, 1996-present; Adjunct Professor in voice, Columbia International University, 2008-present.

Alena Pagal

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Piano Instructor
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B.Mus., Bowling Green State University; M.Mus., University of South Carolina

Alena Pagal has served as Visiting Guest Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy, Community Music Program coordinator, and Group Piano area coordinator at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is involved in the Columbia music community as an MTNA member. She is a piano instructor for the Music Ministry studios of Riverland Hills Baptist church and has helped to adjudicate events for various local music organizations. Ms. Pagal is active as a collaborative pianist for various local school district events. She also serves as staff accompanist, applied piano area coordinator, and group piano instructor for USC Aiken. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Ms. Pagal currently teaches at the University of South Carolina, Columbia and Aiken Campuses, and at Columbia International University. Ms. Pagal is active in the community as a teacher, collaborative pianist, and adjudicator.

B. M. in Piano Performance, with emphasis in literature, collaborative piano, and piano pedagogy, Bowling Green State University (OH); M. M. in Piano Pedagogy, University of South Carolina; 2002 recipient of the Helen Lakofsky Piano Scholarship; 2003 collaborative pianist recipient of Marjorie Conrad Peatee Artsong Competition; 2004 recipient of C. Elizabeth Cobb Memorial Scholarship for collaborative piano.

Ken Rife

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Ken Rife, Communication/Digital Media Production Professor at CIU
Professor of Communication/Digital Media Production
(803) 807-5161

A.A., Southwest Virginia Community College; B.A. Radford University; M.A., Regent University

Ken brings a unique blend of academic training in film along with over 20 years of film-making experience specifically within ministry settings. He served with the media operation of Campus Crusade for Christ, and most recently directed a media production ministry called Starshell Media Ministries. He is excited about mentoring the next generation of videographers to "communicate Christ creatively."

A.A., Southwest Virginia Community College; B.A. Radford University; M.A., Regent University, Virginia. Media staff with CCCI, 1980-1999; Starshell Media, 2000-present. 2007

Joan E. Havens

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Spanish Professor
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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 .

William Lindsay Hislop

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Professor Emeritus
(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.

Larry R. Wagner

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Larry R. Wagner
Professor of Counseling
(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.

Andre Rogers

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Andre Rogers, Professor of Church Ministry at CIU
Professor of Church Ministry
(803) 807-5607
B.A., D.Min., Columbia International University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Rogers joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after teaching Pastoral Ministries in the Bible College until 2010; he has taught Church Ministry from 2010 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as associate pastor, assistant pastor, and director of youth ministries in South Carolina and Texas. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has planted and pastors a church in the Columbia area. He is ordained by the Gethsemane Baptist Association.

David Osterlund

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Professor Emeritus, Music

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.

Kevin McWilliams

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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.

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