Stephen H. Farra

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Psychology Program Director, Professor of Psychology
(803) 807-5125

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

Daniel F. DeLozier

Dan Delozier, Communication Program Director
Professional Studies Division Chair, Communication Program Director
(803) 807-5163

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.

John Crutchfield

John Crutchfied, Middle Eastern Studies Program Director
Middle Eastern Studies Program Director, Professor of Bible
(803) 807-5633

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

Bryan E. Beyer

Bryan Beyer, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
(803) 807-5630

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

Steve Baarendse

Steve Baarendse, Professor of English
Professor of English
(803) 807-5421

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.

Middle Eastern Studies

Why major in Middle Eastern Studies at CIU?

Because in the Middle Eastern Studies program you can walk where Jesus walked! Not only will you develop cross-cultural communication and ministry skills, you will gain personal experience in Middle Eastern life and culture as you study for one year in Israel at Jerusalem University College (JUC). While in Israel, you will live in a Jewish or Arab context to develop your ministry skills according to your vocational goals.


Why study Music at CIU?

Fulfill your passion to glorify God through music with a program that prepares you for a career in church music, intercultural music (missions), or contemporary Christian music ministry. You will gain a working knowledge of music theory as you read, write, and analyze music of various styles. Plus, gifted professors will challenge you to attain a high level of proficiency in voice or on a musical instrument.


Why study Communication at CIU?

There are so many ways to communicate these days: digital, print, photo, video, audio. And you can study all of them at most any college or university. But at Columbia International University, there is an added benefit: you are challenged to “Communicate Christ Creatively.” Now that doesn’t mean that you’re only going to learn to tell Bible stories. You might do that. But there are so many careers in communication these days that need the touch of the Christian communicator. You could be one of them.

General Studies

Why a General Studies major from CIU?

The General Studies program is available to students transferring in a significant amount of coursework from other accredited and/or approved academic institutions. This program provides you with biblically-based courses that you can combine with a variety of academic, professional, or technical fields to fit your individual needs or ministry goals.


Why Study Humanities at CIU?

By studying Humanities at Columbia International University, you’ll learn how to think critically and lay a foundation for learning and intellectual growth – a plus to any career choice. You will also develop a biblical worldview as you study philosophy, literature, culture and language – vital preparation for graduate studies, including seminary.    


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