Alena Pagal

Piano Instructor

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.


Carrie Caudill

Carrie Caudill, Psychology Professor at CIU
Psychology Professor
(803) 807-5123

B.S. Columbia International University; Ed.S. University of South Carolina; Albert Ellis Institute; South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor, 2007-present; Ph.D. University of South Carolina

Mrs. Caudill brings a family systems approach to Christian psychology in her teaching. Her heart's desire is to allow Christ to offer complete wholeness and healing to hurting people. In addition to teaching, she counsels at a local Christian private practice. Mrs. Caudill and her husband also facilitate a young adults group committed to seeking God.  The following are her research interests: strengthening Christian marriages, marital satisfaction and the role of gender and employment status, the effect of trauma on childhood development, personality traits and college success, and college student mental health.

B.A., Psychology and Biblical Studies Columbia International University; ED.S., Marriage and Family Counseling, University of South Carolina; doctoral candidate - University of South Carolina in Counselor Education and Supervision, 2009-present; Licensed Professional Counselor, Associate Counselor, Palmetto Counseling Associates, 2005-present; Family Counselor at the Addictions and Recovery Center, Richland Springs, 2006-2007.


Corrine Barbian

Psychology Professor

B.S., Chapman University; M.A., California Family Study Center

Mrs. Barbian serves as an adjunct professor in the Psychology program. She supervises the student practicum program. She is an excellent speaker and counselor. She is currently practicing at Lake Murray Counseling Center.

B.S., Chapman University; M.A., California Family Study Center. Counselor in clinical and private practice in California 1994-1998; Private practice in South Carolina, 2000-present; CISM Debriefing Team member, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, 2001-present. 2002


Ken Rife

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


Glenn Gentry

Photo of Glenn Gentry, Humanities Program Director at CIU
Humanities Program Director
(803) 807-5646

B.S., Multnomah Bible College; M.A., Ph.D., Baylor University

Espousing a life of faith and praxis, Glenn Gentry professes philosophy not merely as a profession, but also as a means of investing in the body of Christ and the Kingdom of God. As a four-year missionary in Botswana, Africa and a loving husband and father, Glenn believes that to serve Christ well in life requires the ability to engage with the world judiciously. To this end, he strives to invest in the lives of his students by teaching critical thinking skills and rival conceptions of life. In substance, Glenn believes that grace is that gift and paradox through which the richer reality of God's love is known and made known. By grace we are saved, and by grace we develop into a richer and fuller communion with God and humanity.

B.S., Multnomah Bible College; M.A., Ph.D., Baylor University, Texas. Missionary with African Evangelical Fellowship in Botswana, 1988-1992; instructor in philosophy, McLennan Comm. College, 2002-2004; fellowship at Baylor University, 2003-2005; local church ministry, Halfway, Ore., 1993-1998; 2005


Roy M. King

A photo of Roy King, professor of Ministry Studies at CIU.
Professor of Ministry Studies
(803) 807-5302
B.S., East Tennessee State University; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min, Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Oxford Graduate School 


Dr. King joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1997 and taught Pastoral Theology until 2003; he then served as director of Alumni Ministries until 2012 when he rejoined the Seminary & School of Ministry faculty; he has taught Ministry Studies from 2012 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as a youth pastor, associate staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, director of the Ben Lippen Conference Center, assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Center, and pastor of two congregations in North Carolina. He is an ordained minister in the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

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Joan E. Havens

Spanish Professor

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

Lindsay Hislop
Professor Emeritus
(803) 807-5311

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

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.


Mark Wenger

Mark Wenger, English Professor
English Professor
(803) 807-5493

B.A., University of South Carolina; M.A., Columbia International University; additional graduate studies, University of South Carolina

Raised by missionary parents in Costa Rica and Mexico, Mark grew up speaking English and Spanish and developed an abiding fascination with languages. Over the years he has studied Chinese, Korean, and, most recently, Hebrew. He and his wife -- raised as an MK in Zimbabwe -- served for two years in Seoul, Korea, as teachers in a Korean missionary training institution and were preparing to go to a similar work in Argentina before God called them to serve at CIU as trainers of cross-cultural witnesses of Christ Jesus. The Wengers devote their time to raising their four young children, and they love to host people in their home (Mark cooks a mean Korean barbecue).

B.A., University of South Carolina; M.A., Columbia International University; director, International Friendship English Program, Columbia, S.C., 1991-93; adjunct faculty, Columbia Bible College and Seminary, 1992-93; adjunct faculty, English Program for Internationals, University of South Carolina, 1993-94; faculty, Columbia Bible College, 1993-94; missionary, Mission to the World, 1995-99; Director, Summer English Program, Ben Lippen High School, 1995; teacher and director of Chinese Student Program, Ben Lippen High School, 1996; adjunct faculty, Columbia International University, 1999-2001. 2001



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