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.

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.



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