Leah Herod

Leah Herod, CIU professor
Director of Professional Relations
(803) 807-5315

B.A., The University of Alabama; M.S., Auburn University; Ph.D., Auburn University

Dr. Leah Herod loves chocolate, traveling, photography, and children. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University. From there, she opened a private practice in Alabama and specialized in behavioral disorders. She has an interest in other cultures, and has lived and worked abroad, traveling to over 30 countries. She has served in psychological, educational, and evangelistic missions to countries such as Egypt, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Liberia, Brazil, Jamaica, Singapore, Thailand, and Kuwait. In 2003, she came to CIU to obtain a certificate in Biblical Studies. From 2004 to 2011, she was the Director of Internship Sites for the clinical counseling students.  In 2011, she transitioned to her current position of Director of Professional Relations.  She currently teaches in the College of Counseling as a resident faculty member.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Clinical Work in Alabama and South Carolina 1992-1998; Licensed Psychologist, Child and Family Services of Southeast Alabama, Dothan, Alabama 1999-2001, 2003; Adjunct Psychologist, Ramsay Youth Services, Dothan, Alabama, 2000-2001; Clinical Director, Chrysalis, A Home for Girls, Dothan, Alabama, 2000-2001; Short-term Missionary, Ethiopia, 2001; Psychologist-Short-term Missionary, Brazil, 2001; Teacher/Psychologist/Missionary in Egypt 2001-2002; Short-term Missionary/Psychologist in Liberia, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Egypt, 2003; Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University, 2005; Director of Internship Sites and Adjunct Faculty, 2004-11; Director of Professional Relations and Adjunct Faculty, Columbia International University, 2011-present.

Select Publications:

Payne, H. I. & Herod, L. (2016). Fourth Culture Kids (4CK). Manuscript in Preparation.

Bolte, M., Herod, L., Edwards, L., Mallard, A. &, Rose, R.  (2015).  Innovations in client outcome measures as demonstrated through Columbia International University’s on campus Personal Enrichment Program,  Poster Presentation for the 9th Annual USC Counseling Conference. 

Herod, L., & Payne, H. I. (2013). The journey of cross-cultural counseling. In P. Kilbourn (Ed.), Healing for Hurting Hearts: A Handbook for Counseling Children and Youth in Crisis (pp. 201-217). Ft. Washington, PA: CLC Publications.

Herod, L. (2013). Principles for group counseling. In P. Kilbourn (Ed.), Healing for Hurting Hearts: A Handbook for Counseling Children and Youth in Crisis (pp. 127-143). Ft. Washington, PA: CLC Publications.

Herod, L., & Payne, H.I. (2013, Sept. 20). Special Needs Children Need to be Special Somewhere Else. Fourth Culture Kids (4CK): A Hidden People Group? North American Mission Leaders Conference, (STAND), Dallas, TX.

Payne, H.I., & Herod, L.A. (2013, March 8). Understanding Fourth Culture Kids: What happens when you add the world of special needs to Third Culture Kids?” Southeast Regional Missiological Society Conference, Columbia, SC.

Herod, L.A. (2012, February 18). Tips from the Road: Cross-Cultural Counseling. Chi Sigma Iota conference, “For the Love of Counseling: Serving Clients Ethically and Competently, ” University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Payne, H.I, & Herod, L.A. (2011, November 18). (Almost) Everything You Never Knew You Should Have Asked About Learning Disabilities: A Simple Model of Learning Disabilities. Workshop Session (1.5 hours), Mental Health and Missions Conference, Angola, Indiana.

Barbian, T., Herod, L., Kilbourn, P., & Morgan, D.  (2010, June 4) When the Bough Breaks: Crisis and Trauma Supervision – Panel Discussion. Continuing Education Conference for Counseling Internship Supervisors, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC.

Herod, L. A. (2008, October 3).  Group Experiential Techniques: Plan and Execution.  Workshop for Licensed Counselors at Palmetto Health Baptist Counseling Center. Ridgeway, South Carolina.

Herod, L. A., & Tampubolon, A.  (2007, June).  Group Therapy:  Application of a Structured Group Format with Tsunami Survivors.  Workshop with Counselor Trainees. Aceh, Indonesia.

Herod, L.A. (2007, April).  Counseling with Clients of a Different Faith – Considerations and Cautions.  Refuge Egypt, Cairo, Egypt.

Parlato, D. and Herod, L.A. (2006, April).  Challenges in Teams: Working for Yourself versus Working for the Team - A Case Study with Spiritual Applications.  Presentation and debriefing with three short-term teams.  Bethel Christian Camp, Gaston, South Carolina.

Herod, L.A., Parlato, D., and Watts, C.M.  (2006, February).  Team Dynamics: Leadership Responsibility (Ethics) versus Personal Relationships.  Presentation for counselors at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina.

Herod, L.A. (2004).  Sense of Community and Spontaneous Prayer:  A Study of Graduate/Seminary Students at a Christian University.  Unpublished Manuscript.

Herod, L.A. (2004, May).  Sense of Community among Graduate Students at CIU - Research Results.  Presentation at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina.

Cook, N. and Herod, L.A.  (2004).  Strangers in a Strange Land.  Unpublished document.

Herod, L.A. and Cook, N. (2004).  Cross Cultural Work: Teaching People to Fish. Unpublished Manuscript.

Herod, L.A. (2003, November).  Basic Behavior Management.  Overview of basic parenting techniques given to M.O.PS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group on two occasions in Rock Hill, S.C.

Herod, L.A. (2002, September and October).  Basic Behavior Management.  Three session workshop for parents, teachers, and caretakers, Enterprise, AL.

Herod, L.A.  (2002, January).  Managing Behavior in the Classroom.  Presentation at the African Hope Learning Center for Displaced Children, Cairo, Egypt.

Cook, N. and Herod, L.A. (2002).  Let Me Tell You a Story:  A Group with Sudanese Children.  Treatment manual.  Unpublished document.

Herod, L.A., and Dismukes, R. (2000, October).  Externalizing Behaviors: The art of managing behavior - A conceptual model providing linkage from assessment through treatment.  Presentation at the Fourth Annual Wiregreass Area       Conference on Behavior and Learning Disorders of Childhood, Dothan, AL.

Shapiro, S.K., Buckhalt, J.A., and Herod, L.A. (1995).  Evaluation of learning disabled    students with the Differential Ability Scales.  Journal of School Psychology, 33, 247-263.

Herod, L.A., and Shapiro, S.K. (1994, November).  SCAN and auditory vigilance test performance in ADHD children.  Poster session presented at the 1994 American Speech, Hearing and Language Association (ASHA) Annual convention, New Orleans, LA.

Herod, L.A., and Shapiro, S.K. (1994, April).  Combining visual and auditory tasks in the assessment of ADHD.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Shapiro, S.K., and Herod, L.A. (1994).  Combining visual and auditory tasks in the assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  In D.K. Routh (Ed.), Disruptive Behaviors in Childhood (pp. 87-107).  New York: Plenum.


Carmen Crouse

Director of Academic Programs - Korntal Branch Campus

B.A. equiv., Freie Hochschule für Mission, Korntal, Germany; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary & School of Missions


Andreas Kusch

Transformation Development Praxis

M.A. equiv., University of Kiel, Germany; Ph.D., University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany

Ph.D., University of Hohenheih, Germany, 1993; M.A. equiv., University of Kiel, Germany, 1998; Missionary to Indonesia.


Mark McCann

Photo of Mark McCann, a professor at CIU, a Christian university in South Carolina.
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director, Professor of Education
(803) 807-5395

B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Dr. Mark McCann was born in Georgia and has spent his life in the Southeast. Mark joined CIU in 2004 after 20 years of ministry in Central Florida. Married in 1984, Mark and his wife Sharry feel their greatest blessings involve time together with their three daughters Erin, Meredith, Kayla and their son-in-law Ben. Mark greatly appreciates church, school, and community ministry...thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord at CIU. His desire is for undergraduate and graduate students to develop and refine a heart for ministry as future teachers and educational leaders who will serve the Lord with academic excellence and spiritual acuity.

Teacher, Osceola County Public Schools, 1986-1989; Teacher, Dean, Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, Admissions Director, Director of School Improvement, The First Academy, 1989-2004; Elder, New Hope Bible Church, 1993-2004; Co-founder and President, Hydrocephalus Family Support Group, 1996-1998; Resident faculty, M.A.T. Program Director, Columbia International University, 2004-present.


Nabeel Jabbour


B.A., American University in Beirut; M.A., Near East School of Theology in Beirut; D.Th., University of South Africa

Dr. Nabeel Jabbour, Th.D, comes from a Christian background and was born in Syria. He grew up in Lebanon and lived for 15 years in Cairo, Egypt. Along with his family, he has lived in Colorado Springs since 1991. As a Missions Consultant with the Navigators, he has visited almost every major Muslim country in the world. In addition to his Navigators work, he teaches intensive courses on Islam in some seminaries. 

Dr. Nabeel Jabbour has authored six books, two in Arabic and four in English. The four books in English are The Rumbling Volcano on Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt and The Unseen Reality on spiritual warfare, Unshackled and Growing: Muslims and Christians on The Journey to Freedom, and his most recent book, The Crescent Through The Eyes of The Cross on the Muslims' worldview. From 1975 to 1990, he pioneered and directed the Navigators work in Egypt. In 1991 he earned a Th.D. in Islamics from the University of South Africa. Since 1991 he has been traveling around the world coaching missionaries and Christian nationals in their understanding of Islam and Muslims. He teaches intensive courses on "Islam and Current Events" and "Radical Islam and a Christian Response" at three seminaries in the States and at two seminaries in Canada. For more information, you may visit Dr. Jabbour's website.


Jürgen Küberski


M.Div. equiv., Staatsunabhangige Theologische Hochschule, Basel, Switzerland; Ph.D., Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium

Ph.D., Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium, 1993; M.Div. equiv., Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule, Basel, Switzerland, 1985; Church Planter; Missionary to Japan; Missions Pastor;


Dennis D. Morgan

Dennis Morgan
Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian University; M.A., Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University; M.A.T.S., Reformed Theological Seminary; Psy.D. Rosemead School of Psychology

Dr. Dennis Morgan (M.A. and Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology) is a faculty member in the College of Counseling of Columbia International University. He is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in South Carolina and is in private practice with the Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC. He was formerly in private practice in Virginia Beach, VA and the Psychological Services Center Clinical Manager and a Clinical Associate Professor at Regent University, in their doctoral program in clinical psychology. His early teaching experience was at Pepperdine University, Malibu, where he coordinated the University counseling center and was adjunct faculty. He has over 30 years of experience in clinical practice in California, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina. He also has significant experience in clinical administration, including his past work as the Vice President of Clinical Services for a large non-profit counseling agency and as the clinical consultant/co-owner of a psychiatric hospital treatment program. Dr. Morgan has a special interest in assisting clients' spiritual formation in the context of clinical practice. This has been a focus for his writing and research. He is the author of Fighting for Peace: Combating Conflict with Character and another book entitled Life in Process, as well as having authored a chapter in Spiritual Formation, Counseling and Psychotherapy. His other publications include journal articles and materials related to spiritual formation in clinical practice. Dr. Morgan and his wife are also with Mission to the World, making annual trips to Europe to provide member care, counseling, educational consulting.

Professional Experience:
Coordinator of Psychological Services, Psychological Services, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 1982-1984; Adjunct Faculty, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA and Los Angeles, CA, 1983-1984; Private Practice, Columbia Psychological Group, Long Beach, CA, 1983-1984; Medical Affiliate Staff, College Hospital, Cerritos, CA, 1983-1984; Private Practice, Campbell Psychological Services, Campbell, CA, 1984-1988; Psychologist, El Camino Hospital, Concern: Employee Assistance Program, Mountain View CA, 1985-1986; Private Practice, Christian Family Counseling Services, Fremont, CA, 1986-1988; Clinical Coordinator, RAPHA Unit, Sharpstown General Hospital, Houston, TX, 1988-1989; Private Practice, Christian Counseling Centers, Campbell, CA, 1989-1993; Clinical Consultant, Rapha/Renewal Unit, Oak Creek Hospital, San Jose, CA, 1991-1992; Co-owner/Board Member, Renewal Psychotherapy Group, Fremont, CA, 1991-1992; Active Professional Staff, Oak Creek Hospital, San Jose, CA, 1991-1993; Vice President - Clinical Services, Christian Counseling Centers, San Francisco Bay Area, 1992-1993; Active Professional Staff, Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, CA, 1992-1993; Senior Psychologist, Tennessee Christian Medical Center, Madison, TN, 1993-1997; Consultant/Owner, Life Phases Consultation, Hendersonville, TN, 1996-1998; Clinical Associate Professor/Psychological Services Center Clinical Manager, Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling, Virginia Beach, VA, 1998-2000; Clinical Psychologist, Christian Psychotherapy Services, Virginia Beach, VA, 2000-2005; Consultant, Pro-Family Counseling Services, Vienna Austria, 2001-present; Clinical Psychologist in part-time private practice at the Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC, 2005-present; Associate Professor, Adjunct Professor in the College of Counseling, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, 2005-present.


J. Robertson McQuilkin

J. Robertson
Robertson McQuilkin
President Emeritus

B.A., Columbia International University; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; Honorary D.Litt., Wheaton College; Honorary D.D., Columbia International University


Robertson McQuilkin served as the third president of Columbia International University from 1968 to 1990 distinguishing himself as a spiritual and practical visionary. Under his leadership, CIU made advancements in accreditation standing and faculty development, growth in the graduate and seminary programs, the initiation of radio ministry and the expansion of campus facilities. He resigned from the presidency to care for his wife, Muriel, who had reached the stage of Alzheimer's disease in which she needed full-time care. His powerful resignation speech has been heard by tens of thousands of people around the world.  

Prior to becoming president of CIU, McQuilkin served as headmaster of Ben Lippen School, then for 12 years as a missionary in Japan.

McQuilkin was honored for his decades of work in Christian missions when he received the 2010 Lifetime of Service Award from Missio Nexus.

In recent years, McQuilkin has continued as an influential leader among evangelicals as a speaker and writer, engaging in an extensive conference ministry across America and overseas. He also serves as president emeritus of CIU.

In 2005 McQuilkin married Deborah Jones, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Nursing. Deborah also has a teaching ministry in conferences and women's groups. Between them, Robertson and Deborah have nine children: four in Christian ministry, five in the marketplace.



George W. Murray

George W.
A photo of George Murray, chancellor for CIU.
(803) 807-5064
D.Miss., Trinity International University

Dr. Murray assumed the chancellorship of Columbia International University in July 2007. Prior to that, he was president of the university from 2000-2007. As CIU’s chancellor, Dr. Murray travels the world preaching and teaching, recruiting students, and working with major donors and alumni.

Dr. Murray came to CIU from The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) where he served as executive director.  For 10 years he was general director of Bible Christian Union (BCU), a mission agency which merged with TEAM in 1994. Prior to that, he and his wife, Annette, were church planters in Italy, also with BCU, for 13 years.

A graduate of CIU (B.A., 1967, M.A., 1981) and Trinity International University (D.Miss., 1995), Murray is an experienced missionary, teacher, preacher, writer and evangelist. For 15 years (1985-1999) he was a member of CIU's board of trustees.  Dr. Murray is the Stephen Olford Professor of Biblical Preaching at CIU, and teaches courses on Biblical Preaching, Leadership and Missions.  He has traveled and ministered all across North America and in seventy-six countries.

Annette Brice Murray is a graduate of Columbia International University (B.A., 1969) and Biblical Theological Seminary (M.A., 1994), and is a licensed professional counselor.

The Murrays have four married children, five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

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Johnny V. Miller

President, 1991-1999

B.A., Arizona State University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Johnny V. Miller served as president of Columbia International University from 1991 to 1999. His tenure as president was a time of growth for CIU, both in programs, and in buildings. It was during his administration that the school changed its name from Columbia Bible College to Columbia International University. During that time the CIU European campus in Korntal, Germany was also accredited by SACS and by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Miller also oversaw the addition of CIU's Muslim studies program, the Distance Learning Program, the Graduate School Education Program, and the Communication Program in the Undergraduate School. Buildings that were constructed on campus during Miller's presidency include The Schuster Building, the Alumni Center, and improvements to student residences, including the installation of air conditioning.

Miller was also involved in the expansion of satellite locations for Ben Lippen School, and the expansion of CIU's broadcasting division when radio station New Life 91.9 WRCM in Charlotte, N.C. went on the air.

Miller has also served as a missionary to Sweden and has been involved in church planting. He has ministered in several foreign countries, including Eastern Europe, India and Egypt.

In high school and college Miller worked as a sports reporter and columnist for the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette. He and his wife, Jeanne, have two married children: Joan and John.

Th.D., 1980, Dallas Theological Seminary; reporter, 1962-65, Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette; teacher, 1965-66, Manual High School, Peoria, IL; teaching fellow, 1970-72, Dallas Theological Seminary; missionary, 1972-74, Sweden; pastor, 1974-79, 1983-90, Cypress Bible Church, Cypress, TX; faculty, 1979-83, Columbia Bible College, president 1991-99, Columbia International University/ 1999-2009, Pastor of Calvary Church, Lancaster, PA.


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