Sam Rubinson

Sam Rubinson, CIU professor
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
(803) 807-5463
B.S., Valley Forge Christian College; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Rubinson joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2011 and has taught Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he was a children's pastor, a youth pastor, a senior pastor, and a summer camp director. He also started his own non-profit ministry using the wilderness as a platform for discipleship.  


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.


Holly Wolfe

Holly Wolfe
Counseling Program Trainer
(803) 807-5388

Raised in New Hampshire and south-east New York, Holly came to Columbia with an undergraduate degree in sociology to study in the MA in Clinical Counseling program.  Holly is passionate about healthy churches, using the Arts in worship and strives to help women discover and use their leadership gifts.  Holly has used her counseling, training and dramatic gifts in her most recent role at CIU as the trainer of students in the Seminary Counseling Programs, overseeing the development of students’ counseling skills.  Her desire is to help students, who are current and future church leaders, cultivate and create a safe church culture for believers to become more like Christ and seekers to grow closer to Him.

B.A. SUNY New Paltz, 1995; M.A. Counseling, Columbia International University, 2002; private practice, The Meeting Place, 2002 – 2004; counseling lab coordinator, Columbia International University, 2002 – 2004; counseling programs trainer, 2004 – present.


Cathy Warn

Cathy Warn
Director of Training and Internship
(803) 807-5351

B.A., Montreat College; M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Cathy Warn, MA, LPCS, LMFTS, is the Director of Training and Internship. Cathy’s primary responsibilities focus on planning and directing all program orientation and training for students enrolled in the College of Counseling as it relates to professional skills, identity, and ethics, as well as the development and maintenance of College of Counseling internship policy, procedures, and sites. Cathy holds South Carolina State credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor and licensed supervisor, as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and licensed supervisor. In addition to her work at CIU, she is in private practice part time. She has experience in grief and loss, parenting, adolescent and young adult issues, aging issues, relationship concerns, growth and spiritual development, divorce recovery, pre-marital, marital and family therapy, and clinical supervision and consultation. Cathy is a clinical member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, South Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, and South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors. She also holds membership in two National College Scholarship Honor Societies, Alpha Chi and Psi Chi. She has presented at Alpha Chi’s national and regional conventions. Cathy was born and raised in Orange County, California and is the youngest of seven children. Cathy and her husband, Randy, of over 35 years are blessed with two daughters, one son, and one granddaughter. They enjoy active membership in their church. Both Cathy and her husband have been involved with various ministries including teaching Sunday school, youth ministry, spiritual retreats, and small group leadership. In addition to spending time with her family, Cathy enjoys riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, reading, traveling, and watching sunsets.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: B.A. (Bible & Religion), Montreat College; M.A. (Christian Counseling), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Counseling Program Administrator, Columbia International University, Graduate School Division 2003-2007; Private practice, Lexington Baptist Church Counseling Center 2004-2011; Private Practice, Warn Clinical & Consulting Services, LLC, Columbia/Lexington, SC, 2011-present; Associate Director of Clinical Counseling Program, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC; 2007-2010; Director of Training and Internship for the College of Counseling and resident graduate faculty in counseling, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, 2011-present; SC Licensed Professional Counselor; SC Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; SC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor; SC Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor.



James McCall

James McCall
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
(803) 807-5024

Hometown: Deerfield Beach, FL
Degree: B.BS. from Calvary Chapel Bible College, B.Th. from Joshua Springs Bible College, M.Div. from Columbia International University

What is the greatest lesson you've learned at CIU? That God intimately cares for all aspects of my life

How has CIU helped you the most? CIU has helped me understand the importance of holding both a solid orthodoxy on the essentials and a flexible grasp on the non-essentials.

What is your ideal pet? Jumping pygmy goats

What is your favorite cold food? Choco Taco’s 

I love my job because… I get to watch students come and get a deeper passion for the Lord and our hurting and dying world.

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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.


Karen Close

Karen Close, Director of Christian Service Learning at CIU
Director of Christian Service Learning
(803) 807-5465

B.A. (Ministry) Western Christian College, Canada; M.A. & M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; D.Min., Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

Karen grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She dropped out of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas to marry Jack Close, who was a Doctoral student at the University of Texas, a Canadian, and widower with a son, Allen. Jack and Karen moved to South Carolina after serving in ministry for over 30 years with Western Christian high school and college in Canada. While in Canada she was heavily involved in church and community volunteer activities.

Karen is passionate about the church and helping to make it a safe place for people to receive help and spiritual guidance. In addition to her role at CIU, she serves as a counselor, with an emphasis in family systems, at the Lexington Church of Christ where she also teaches ladies Bible classes and marriage and family classes. She says that her most meaningful accomplishment is her long marriage to the love of her life, her three married children and eight grandchildren.

2004-2007 Adjunct Professor , Western Christian College, Canada; 2007 - present, Board of Directors, Western Christian College, Canada; 2004-present, Counselor, Lexington Church of Christ.


Jerry A. Rankin

Jerry A. Rankin
Director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies
(803) 807-5327

Dr. Jerry Rankin is the president emeritus of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB).  He served with the IMB for 40 years, the last 17 years as president. Prior to becoming president of the IMB, Dr. Rankin and his wife Bobbye served for 23 years in Asia, initially as missionaries in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world.



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