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.
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.
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 www.JimBrownLPC.com.
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.
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.
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.
B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.Div., Columbia Biblical Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Lowther serves at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is a writing tutor. He has been an adjunct professor at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also works at the Arlington Chinese Baptist Church.
Ph.D. in New Testament (minor: theology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2001; M.Div., Columbia Biblical Seminary, 1992; B.A., Moody Bible Institute, 1980.
B.A., Morris College; M.A. in Counseling Services, Webster University; M.Div., Erskine Theological Seminary; D.Min., Drew University
Dr. Keith serves as Coordinator, Graduate Counseling Studies at Webster University (Columbia Metropolitan Campus). He is also Dean of Christian Education in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7th Episcopal District, Columbia, South Carolina, and Presiding Elder, 7th Episcopal District - Central Conference, Orangeburg District. He has also served as adjunct professor at Allen University, Limestone College and Williamsburg Technical College. He and his wife have two sons and a daughter.
B.A. (1988) Morris College, M.A. in counseling Services (1989) Webster University, Post Graduate Certificate, child Mental health (1994) University of South Carolina, M.Div. Counseling Ministry (1997) Erskine Theological Seminary, D.Min (2002) Drew University, Post-Doctorate Training, Executive Leadership (2005) South Carolina Executive Institute
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.
B.Mus., Columbia College; M.Mus., University of South Carolina; doctoral candidate, University of South Carolina
Lee Branham performs extensively around the Columbia area, and has in the past, performed international opera and oratorio through the University of South Carolina. She actively works to keep her students performing at the standards of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and she looks forward to introducing new vocal programming at CIU in the future. Outside of her singing career, she raises a family, participates extensively in her church choir and other local choir programs, enjoys reading, composing children's songs, and volunteers her musical abilities at nursing homes in the community.
B. M. in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music, Columbia College; M. M. in Vocal and Opera Performance, University of South Carolina. Mrs. Branham is in the process of pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education from Columbia International University; private studio teacher and music faculty: Riverland Hills Music Academy, 2005-2008; Carolina Music Academy, 2006-2007; private studio teacher, 1996-present; Adjunct Professor in voice, Columbia International University, 2008-present.