Adjunct Faculty

Walter E. Brown

Th.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 

Dr. Walter Brown has served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he is a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew. He has also taught at Ethiopian FGT College, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, and Evangelical Theological College in Ethiopia, as well as West Africa Theological Seminary and Jos ECWA Theological Seminary in Nigeria.

Dr. Brown holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Hebrew and Old Testament) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Christopher Jero


B.M., University of Northern Iowa; M.A., Columbia International University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Hebrew Union College

Dr. Jero has taught in numerous capacities at Hebrew Union College as well as a Faculty Assistant at Columbia International University.

He has a Ph.D. (Bible and Ancient Near East) and a M.Phil. (Hebraic and Cognate Studies) from Hebrew Union College and an M.A. (Old Testament) from Columbia International University.

Trevor Castor

Trevor Castor
Associate Director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies
(803) 807-5327

B.S., Columbia International University; MDiv, Columbia International University; PhD Candidate, Melbourne School of Theology

Trevor and his wife Katie served as missionaries with Youth with a Mission for seven years. During their missionary service, they worked in South Asia among a 100 percent Muslim population. Trevor serves as the Associate Director for the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at CIU.


Jim Brown

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

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.


James R. Lowther


B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.Div., Columbia Biblical Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Lowther serves at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is a writing tutor. He has been an adjunct professor at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also works at the Arlington Chinese Baptist Church.

Ph.D. in New Testament (minor: theology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2001; M.Div., Columbia Biblical Seminary, 1992; B.A., Moody Bible Institute, 1980.


Juenarrl Keith


B.A., Morris College; M.A. in Counseling Services, Webster University; M.Div., Erskine Theological Seminary; D.Min., Drew University

Dr. Keith serves as Coordinator, Graduate Counseling Studies at Webster University (Columbia Metropolitan Campus). He is also Dean of Christian Education in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7th Episcopal District, Columbia, South Carolina, and Presiding Elder, 7th Episcopal District - Central Conference, Orangeburg District. He has also served as adjunct professor at Allen University, Limestone College and Williamsburg Technical College. He and his wife have two sons and a daughter.

B.A. (1988) Morris College, M.A. in counseling Services (1989) Webster University, Post Graduate Certificate, child Mental health (1994) University of South Carolina, M.Div. Counseling Ministry (1997) Erskine Theological Seminary, D.Min (2002) Drew University, Post-Doctorate Training, Executive Leadership (2005) South Carolina Executive Institute


Chris Essig

Guitar Instructor

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

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.



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