Stephen Beck


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

Ed Smither

Ed Smither, Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at CIU
Dean, College of Intercultural Studies
Dean, College of Intercultural Studies
(803) 807-5361

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, he has written two books, Augustine as Mentor: A Model for Preparing Spiritual Leaders and Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World, and translated François Decret's Early Christianity in North Africa from French. Currently, Ed is working on two forthcoming books, Mission in the Early Church and Rethinking Constantine.

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.

Glen Schultz

Glen Schultz
Adjunct Professor of Education

B.A. Roberts Wesleyan College; M.Ed, Ed.D University of Virginia

Dr. Schultz has been involved in education for the past 45 years. He currently serves as an associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and Headmaster of Sherwood Christian Academy. Dr. Schultz is also co-founder and co-director of the Kingdom School Institute.  He has teamed up with Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of Prestonwood Christian Academy, in conducting this Institute for the past 11 years.

Prior to coming to Sherwood in 2005, he served as a public school chemistry teacher, a Christian school science teacher, high school principal and superintendent. He also served as the Southeast Director for the Association of Christian Schools International and as director of Christian school resources at LifeWay Christian Resources. 

He is the author of the booklet A Parent’s Greatest Joy and the book Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Education Future Generations. 

He is married with three children and 6 grandchildren. His children attended biblically-based schools from Kindergarten at 4 years old through college. His grandchildren are also being educated through biblically-based programs.

Stephen Reel

Stephen Reel
Adjunct Professor of Education

B.A., M.Ed., Columbia International University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Stephen Reel has served for 27 years in Christian school ministry as a Bible teacher, school administrator, and adjunct professor. He is the Senior Director of the Southern Division for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). He previously served for 11 years as the superintendent of Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, SC, after 16 years at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC, as a Bible teacher, admissions director, elementary principal, and associate headmaster. Prior to this, he served two tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry sergeant, tactics instructor, marksmanship instructor, and competition shooter.

Dr. Reel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Columbia Bible College, a Master of Education in educational administration from Columbia International University, and an Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.

He is the author of Clear Focus: Rediscovering the Most Important Aspect of Christian School Ministry (2015). He and his wife, Melanie, have three children.

Headmaster, Ben Lippen School

Available July 1, 2013

Ben Lippen School, a division of Columbia International University, seeks a Headmaster beginning the 2013-14 school year. Founded in 1940, the school enrolls more than 800 students from Pre-K through 12th grade on two campuses in the capital city of Columbia, South Carolina. Ben Lippen provides an effective academic education with a distinctly Christian worldview. Ben Lippen School seeks a Headmaster who will lead the school into its next phase of development, building on the progress of recent years. The school enjoys a dedicated faculty and staff, supportive parents, and an admirable student body. 


The Headmaster is the Chief Executive Officer, academic, and spiritual leader of the school and reports to the School Board and Provost of Columbia International University.  The Headmaster is expected to build upon the existing strengths of Ben Lippen and to provide strategic, visionary leadership as the school enters the next phase of its development.  Key traits of the right candidate include a demonstrated Christian faith, strong relational and team-building skills, and experience and competence in articulating and implementing a strong vision for the school. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


For a full description of the school and requirements for the position, click here to download the Opportunity Profile. Application deadline is September 1, 2012. To inquire, apply, or make a referral, contact:


Jim Adare CEO
Jim Adare Consulting LLC

Ben Lippen School of Columbia International University is an equal opportunity employer.

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Columbia International University has a variety of full- and part-time faculty and staff positions available throughout the year. Positions are listed for the university as well as Ben Lippen School, a pre-K through 12th grade Christian school.

How to Apply

If you have an interest in a position at CIU or Ben Lippen, please download and complete the appropriate application below. Mail the application (with your original signature) to Human Resources along with a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae (CV). The mailing address is provided on the last page of the application. 

Contact HR

If you have questions or are unable to download the application, contact the Human Resources office at 1-800-777-2227 ext. 5009 or e-mail  

Available Positions

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.

James Lanpher

A photo of James Lanpher, CIU Provost.
Provost & Sr. Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
(803) 807-5027

B.S., Georgetown University; M.Div., Alliance Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Dr. James Lanpher serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Columbia International University. Dr. Lanpher has been a leader in Biblical higher education, previously serving in a variety of capacities with the Association for Biblical Higher Education including Chairman of the Commission on Accreditation. Dr. Lanpher taught overseas at the Alliance Biblical Seminary (now the Alliance Graduate School) in Manila, The Philippines. He also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Crown College and served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity College of Florida.

Dr. Lanpher graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree majoring in international economics and obtaining language proficiency in Chinese. He received his Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. His dissertation, “The Miraculous in Mark: Its Eschatological Background and Christological Function,” focused on the role of miracles in Mark’s portrayal and understanding of Jesus.

In 1986 Dr. Lanpher married his wife Lisa, who has a Masters of Educational Leadership degree from the University of South Florida and taught in Florida public schools. The Lanphers have one son who is currently in college at Columbia International University.

B.S.F.S., 1984, Georgetown University; M.Div., 1988, Alliance Theological Seminary; M.A., 1991, Ph.D., 1994, University of Notre Dame.

Visiting Instructor, University of Notre Dame, 1993-1994; Assistant Professor, Alliance Biblical Seminary (Manila, The Philippines), 1994-1996; Associate Professor, Crown College, 1996-1999; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity College of Florida, 1999-2011; Provost & Sr. Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Columbia International University, 2011-Present.

Michael W. Langston

A photo of Michael Langston, professor of Chaplain Ministries at CIU.
Professor of Chaplain Ministries
(803) 807-5313

B.S., University of Louisiana; M.A., The Naval War College; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; D. Min., Bethel Theological Seminary 

Dr. Langston joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2011 and has taught Chaplain Ministries from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as pastor of a congregation in North Carolina, law enforcement chaplain, and United States Navy chaplain. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College. He is ordained and endorsed through the Southern Baptist Convention. 




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.


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