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.
College of Arts & Sciences
B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin; Ed.D., University of Illinois
Dr. Osterlund has taught for 44 years - 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. 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., 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., 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
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.
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
B.A., Colorado State University; M.Div., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Dr. Beyer came to CIU in 1985 to teach Bible. He served as undergraduate academic dean from 1994 - 2001; dean of students from 2001 - 2004; and faculty member in the Seminary & School of Ministry from 2004 - 2011, prior to assuming the current role as associate provost and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences .
Since 1997, Dr. Beyer has served as Chair of the Associated Schools for Jerusalem University College, and since 2003, as General Bible/Old Testament Book Review Editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS). He has served as faculty advisor to the International Students Ministries at CIU and regularly takes students to Israel on summer study tours. His overseas ministry has included teaching at Portantorchas Bible School in Costa Rica, at the Center for Christian Leadership in Tirana, Albania, at CIU's branch campus in Korntal, Germany, and Israel study tours for church groups.
Dr. Beyer enjoys the outdoors, as well as spending time with his family. His desire is to help students however he can to know God better, find His direction and fully go after it. Indeed, Dr. Beyer's desire to impact the lives of students is what gets him up in the morning!
B.A., Colorado State University; M.Div., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; instructor, Denver Seminary, 1978-80; pastor, Jonahs Run Baptist Church, Harveysburg, Ohio, 1984-85; undergraduate faculty, Columbia International University, 1985-94; visiting faculty member, Denver Seminary, summer 1987; undergraduate academic dean, Columbia International University, 1994-2001; dean of students, Columbia International University, 2001 - 2004; Columbia International University Seminary & School of Ministry, 2004-2011; associate provost and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, 2011-present.
- The Mission of God in the OT (smaller topics: the MOG in the Torah, in the Historical Books, in the Poetical Books, in the Prophets)
- The Great Commission Implications of the Book of Isaiah OR Isaiah and the Great Commission
- Jesus the Living Word and the Mission of God
- OT Bible Book Overviews
- Israel and the Palestinians Today
B.A., Taylor University; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D. Candidate, University of South Carolina
Steve was born and raised in Austria, where his parents served as missionaries. Before joining CIU’s undergraduate faculty in 2001, he studied literature and art at Taylor University and Indiana University in the Midwest, and taught third culture kids at Black Forest Academy in Germany.
Steve enjoys teaching, reading old books, helping to lead student tours to Europe, playing soccer, and spending family time with his wife and best friend Sara and their three children Abigail, Jacob, and David. Steve’s passion for his students is that they might grow into maturity in Christ—in every area of life (Col. 1:28-29).
B.A., Taylor University; M.A. (Art History), M.A. (Comparative Literature), Indiana University; Ph.D. Candidate, University of South Carolina; adjunct faculty, Taylor University, 1996; missionary and teacher, Black Forest Academy, Germany, 1996-99; teacher, Lighthouse Christian Academy, Bloomington, Ind., 2000-2001.