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.

Sara Koshy

Sara Koshy
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
(803) 807-5024

Hometown:  Roanoke, VA

Degree:  B.S. in Applied English and Bible from Columbia International University

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned at CIU?  By the time I graduated from CIU in 2009, I had learned that God’s power truly is much greater than that which is in the world.

How would I spend $1,000?  I would buy all the spices in the world!

Coke or Pepsi? 100% fruit juice

I love my job because… I get to help students at a crucial time in life—I am here to answer your questions!

What pet would you like to own?  A ferret named Penelope

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Nicole Brooker

Nicole Brooker
Undergraduate and International Admissions Counselor
(803) 807-5024

Hometown: Smiths Station, AL

Degree: B.S. in Entrepreneurship & Family Business, and Business Administration with a Leadership Certificate from Auburn University; M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned at CIU? Having a firm foundation that my identity is solely found in Christ and Christ alone, as well as truly seeing the body of Christ work

Places I have visited outside of the US: England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Mexico, China, Korea, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Canada

Coke or Pepsi? Water – all the way!

I love my job because… I get the opportunity to see the hearts of others and live vicariously through what God is doing in the lives of the Internationals I work with… and it feeds my nomadic heart.

What pet would you like to own? A monkey!

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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.


Marshall Davis

Marshall Davis, the men's chaplain at CIU
Men's Chaplain
(803) 807-5487

B.A., Hope College; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.Ed., University of Toledo; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University



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