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Michael Naylor

Naylor
Michael
A photo of Michael Naylor, New Testament professor at CIU.
Bible Studies Chair, Professor of New Testament

B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

 

Mike Naylor is a New Testament professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Originally from Iowa, Mike has also lived in Chicago, Edinburgh (Scotland), and Maryland. Mike joined the faculty at Columbia International University in 2012 after serving as an adjunct faculty member at Liberty University Online, Mountain State University, and the Evening Bible Institute of Appalachian Bible College.

In terms of teaching interests, he enjoys working with Koine Greek and loves teaching a variety of New Testament books. His doctoral research focused upon Revelation and John’s depiction of Jesus. Mike’s research interests include the historical, cultural, and religious contexts of early Christianity, the use of the Old Testament in the New, and the development and expression of early Christian theology.

He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Institute for Biblical Research. Prior to his PhD studies, Mike also served as a youth director, worship leader, and associate pastor. One of his delights in teaching is seeing students discover new insights into the Bible and develop their skills and passion for understanding God’s Word. 

One of Mike’s chief joys in life is the family God has blessed him with. He has been married since 2005 to Trudy, and they share the joy of having three children: Henry, Liza, and Gemma.

Publications:

Complexity and Creativity: John’s Presentation of Jesus in the Book of Revelation. Gorgias Biblical Studies 69. Gorgias Press, forthcoming.

Croteau, David A. and Michael P. Naylor. “The Question of a Historical Adam: a New Testament Perspective,” in Searching for Adam. Edited by Terry Mortenson. Green Forest (AR): Master Books, 2016.

“Peter Stuhlmacher and Biblical Theology,” in Pillars in the History of Biblical Interpretation. Vol. 2. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Sean Adams. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2016.

“Alpha and Omega” and “Two Witnesses,” in Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students. Edited by Mary Ann Beavis and Michael Gilmour. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2012.

“The Roman Imperial Cult and Revelation.” Currents in Biblical Research, 8.2 (2010): 207-239.

 

Stephen Beck

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B.S., Philadelphia Biblical University, M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. (Systematic Theology), Westminster Theological Seminary

Ed Smither

Smither
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Ed Smither, Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at CIU
Dean, College of Intercultural Studies
Dean, College of Intercultural Studies
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B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A., M.Div.,Liberty University; Ph.D., University of Wales-Trinity Saint David; Ph.D., University of Pretoria

 

Ed Smither joined the CIU faculty in 2012. Prior to that, he taught intercultural studies and church history at Liberty University for six years. Ed previously served for fourteen years in intercultural ministry working primarily among Muslims in France, North Africa, and the USA.

Ed earned a PhD in Historical Theology from the University of Wales (UK) and a PhD in Intercultural Studies from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). In addition to a number of scholarly and practical articles, Ed has written, edited, or translated seven books—Augustine as Mentor: A Model for Preparing Spiritual Leaders (2008), Early Christianity in North Africa (2009), Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World (2012), Mission in the Early Church (2014), Rethinking Constantine (2014), Controversies in Mission (2016), and Missionary Monks (2016).

As a teacher, Ed loves coming alongside students and helping them discover their place in the mission of God. While he believes that the classroom is a passionate environment for mentoring for mission, he also enjoys meeting students for coffee and meals and serving together in ministry projects and short-term mission trips.

Since 1999, Ed has been married to Shawn and together they parent Brennan, Emma, and Eve whom they refer to as “three amazing, hilarious, wild kids.” As a family, they enjoy hiking, watching movies, and discovering new lighthouses at the North Carolina Outer Banks. Ed is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and the Smithers currently worship at Gateway Baptist Church in Irmo. In terms of hobbies, Ed enjoys road biking, coaching youth soccer, drinking bold coffee, and listening to bands in the genre of Switchfoot and U2.

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