Tom Barbian

Tom Barbian
Counseling Professor

B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University

Dr. Barbian received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology in Los Angeles. He holds a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, and a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies. He has had extensive counseling experience in private practice as well as in a church setting. He was Co-Director of Associated Christian Therapy Services in California and has been actively involved in church leadership for many years. He has been Director of the Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia since its founding in 1997.

Dr. Barbian has received specialized training in addictions, marriage counseling, anxiety disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, child therapy, Critical Incident-Stress Debriefing, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He holds certifications in: South Carolina: Licensed Professional Counselor, Lic. No. 2665
South Carolina: Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Lic. # 3823
California: Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor Lic. MFC # 27025
and is a Licensed Minister with Harvest Community Church, Southern Baptist.

Married for over thirty years, Dr. Barbian and his wife Corrine have five children.

B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University; Ph.D., Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology; staff member, Church of the Living Christ, 1982-89; MFCC intern, private practice, 1986-89; marriage, family and child counselor, Antelope Valley Christian Counseling Center, 1989-91; director, Care Options, 1994-97; professional advisor, CHADD, 1991-97; assistant professor, Chapman University, 1996; clinical director, part-owner, Associated Christian Therapy Services, 1991-97; executive director, Christian Counseling Center, First Presbyterian Church, 1997-present; Licensed Professional Counselor.


Milton V. Uecker

Milton Uecker, Associate Dean of the College of Education at CIU
Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education, Associate Dean of the College of Education, Professor of Education
(803) 807-5319

B.A., Concordia University Chicago formerly Concordia Teachers College; M.Ed., University of Texas; Ed.D., University of Virginia 

Dr. Milt Uecker, Ed.D., is the Associate Dean of the College of Education and teaches courses on educational philosophy, early childhood education, and curriculum. He is a national and international conference speaker and a contributor to the Christian Early Education and Christian School Education journals for the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI). Dr. Uecker views placing God’s Word at the center of the curriculum as essential to the Christian school movement.

Teacher, The Seoul Foreign School, 1969-71; Teaching Principal, Hope Lutheran School, 1971-74; Teacher, Principal, Norfolk Christian Schools, 1975-89; Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood Program, Regent University, 1991-95; Resident Faculty, Dean Graduate School, Associate Dean College of Education, Director Lowrie Center, Columbia International University, 2005-present.

Speaking Topics

  • Assessing Institutional Effectiveness
  • The Spiritual Formation of Children
  • Christian School Philosophy and Development
  • Teaching Children to Think
  • Biblical Integration within the Classroom
  • Curriculum Development

Allan D. McKechnie

Photo of Dr. Allan McKechnie, CIU professor
Professor of Ministry Care
(803) 807-5342
B.B.E., Columbia International University; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; D.Min., Bethel Seminary

Dr. McKechnie joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after teaching Psychology in the Bible College from 1992 until 1995; he has taught Ministry Care from 1995 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as associate pastor in Pennsylvania, youth pastor, staff therapist, and director of counseling and family life in Illinois. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has published several articles, co-planted a church, and served as teaching pastor.


Rhonda Pruitt

A photo of Rhonda Pruitt, a professor at CIU.
Professor of Missionary Care
(803) 807-5347
B.S., Holmes College of the Bible; M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; M.Ed., Regent University


Dr. Pruitt joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2001 and has taught Missionary Care from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia she taught, counseled, and provided member care services in Asia and Europe. She is licensed as a therapist and supervisor in South Carolina, is certified in REBT Therapy with the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, and continues to provide missionary care services around the world with Pentecostal Holiness World Ministries.

Published books

  • Currently writing as a major contributor on a book on care needs of single missionary.

Elaine Lindsey

Emeritus Professor of Education
(803) 807-5323

B.S., Houghton College; Ed.M., Temple University; Ed.D., University of South Carolina

Elaine's background and on-going experience in curricular issues, instructional supervision, and curriculum evaluation and development, make her a valuable asset to the M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs.


Science Teacher, Boonville Central School, 1959-1962; Research Geochemist, Columbia University Lamont Labs, 1962-1966; Teacher, Asheville Christian Academy,1976-1981; Teacher, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ben Lippen School, 1981- 2006; Southeast Region Commissioner, Chairperson for Accreditation Teams Southeast Region, ACSI, 1995-present; Chairperson for Accreditation Teams, NC, SC, GA, SACS, 2000-present ; Adjunct Faculty, Resident Faculty, Professor Emeritus, Columbia International University, 1995-present.


James E. Watson

James E. Watson
Coordinator of Ph.D. Research & Dissertations, Professor of Education
(803) 807-5320

B.A., Asbury College; M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary; M.C.S., Regent College; M.Ed., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University

James Watson currently serves Columbia International University as a professor in the College of Education.  Dr. Watson’s teaches in the Ph.D., M.Ed. and M.A.T. programs. He has served churches, Christian schools, and colleges as pastor, teacher, coach, school administrator, and professor. He and his wife, Lynn, were married in 1970.  Their older daughter, Jennifer, teaches at Roslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya and Susan and her husband, Ben, live in Columbia where Susan is a teacher.

Teacher, Westminster Academy 1974-1981; Associate Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1974-81; Assistant Superintendent, Grace Brethren Christian Schools, 1983-85; Administrator, Wheaton Christian High School, 1985-89; Adjunct Professor, Grace Theological Seminary, 1985-95; Associate Professor, Asbury College, 1989-93; Pastor of Adult Education, Community Church of Greenwood, 1993-98; Director, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Indianapolis Extension, 1993-98; Adjunct Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1993-2000; Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 1998-2000; Administrator, Christian Academy, 1998-2000; Adjunct Professor, Resident Faculty, Columbia International University, 1995-present.


William Lindsay Hislop

Lindsay Hislop
Professor Emeritus
(803) 807-5311

B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Lindsay Hislop was raised in southern Scotland and southern Ontario and now lives in the southern United States. He worked in the engineering field for 15 years (mostly in Canada) before pursuing an academic career. He serves as an elder in his church, where he teaches regularly and preaches sometimes. He is married to a wonderful wife Pam and has two terrific children, Holly, who lives in Canada, and Doug, who lives in Columbia. His four grandchildren, Isaac, Madeline, Lindsay, and Dolan, are also pretty special. He likes doing carpentry and odd jobs around the house.

B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina; teaching assistant, University of South Carolina, 1982-83; faculty member, Columbia Bible College, 1983-1992; faculty member, Columbia International University Seminary & School of Missions, 1992-present.


Larry R. Wagner

Professor of Counseling
(803) 807-5127

B.A., Wheaton College; M.Ed., George Mason University; Ph.D., Texas A&M

Dr. Wagner is a professor in the undergraduate and graduate programs at CIU.  Larry began his walk with Christ at age 13 when he went forward at a Billy Graham Crusade. His desire for ministry germinated during his years at Wheaton College. Inner-city ministries in Chicago and Los Angeles solidified God's call on his life to help people who are hurting. Larry has fulfilled this call as an associate pastor, guidance counselor, and psychologist. In addition to his love for teaching, he is passionate about helping couples and training lay counselors in the local church. He is married and has two children. When Larry wants to wind down, he engages in sports activities.

B.A., Wheaton College; M.Ed., George Mason University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University; associate pastor, Arlington Memorial Church, Arlington, Va. 1978-82; director of guidance, Westminster Christian School, Miami, Fla., 1984-86; graduate teaching assistant/lecturer, Texas A&M University, 1986-89; research consultant/psychologist, Family Studies Foundation, Atlanta, Ga., 1990-92; psychologist/clinical supervisor, Atlanta Counseling Center, Atlanta, Ga., 1992-96.


Andre Rogers

Andre Rogers, Professor of Church Ministry at CIU
Professor of Church Ministry
(803) 807-5607
B.A., D.Min., Columbia International University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Rogers joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after teaching Pastoral Ministries in the Bible College until 2010; he has taught Church Ministry from 2010 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as associate pastor, assistant pastor, and director of youth ministries in South Carolina and Texas. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has planted and pastors a church in the Columbia area. He is ordained by the Gethsemane Baptist Association.


Terry D. Powell

A photo of Terry Powell, professor of Church Ministry at CIU
Professor of Church Ministry
(803) 807-5453
B.A., Carson-Newman College; A.M., A.M., Wheaton College; PhD., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Powell joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after teaching Family and Church Education in the Bible College from 1981 until 2010; he has taught Church Ministry from 2010 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he taught at Southeastern Bible College and served as a director of Christian Education. He is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education and has ministered cross-culturally in Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, Korea, St. Vincent, Greneda, St. Lucia, India, Sri Lanka and Switzerland. He is licensed to preach in the Presbyterian Church of America. His has written three books in the Daring Disciple Series. 


Contributions to Books with Multiple Authorship

  • Process ‘80: Revitalizing the Sunday School, Harvest. (Baptist General Conference) Chapters titled “Learner-focused Teaching” and “The Caring Teacher.” 1980 
  •  Nine articles in the Baker Dictionary of Christian Education (Baker Book House), 2001


  • Sunday School, Mid-Week Clubs.
  • Success with Youth: Whirl birds, Alpha Teens, and Omega publications.
  • Scripture Press, Junior/Senior High Sunday School curriculum
  • David C. Cook Ministries, Understanding the Bible for Today Adults, Teacher Lessons for Ephesians, Joel, Jonah, 1-2 Kings.
  • Leader's Guides for teachers, accompanying the following books (electives for youth or Adult Sunday School.
    • Disciples Are Made, Not Born, Walter Henrichsen, 1974
    • How to Succeed in Business without Being A Pagan, Victor Books, Glen Hale Bump, 1974 
    • Now A Word From Our Sponsor, (The Ten Commandments) by Leslie Flynn. Victor, 1975 
    • Good News For Bad Times (1 Peter), Victor Books, Richard Dc Hann., 1975
    • Is There A Man in The House’?, Victor Books. Charles Stanley, 1975 
    • Caution: Christians Under Construction. Victor Books, Bill Hybels., 1978 
    • You Want Me to Know What?, Harvest., 1981 
    • Stand Tough. Victor Books, 1983 
    • Heroes and Zeroes, Victor Books, 1987 
    • Truths that Transform, LAMP, Robert Samms,1988 
    • Outreach As A Lifestyle, LAMP, 1988
    • Be Courageous. Victor Books, Warren Wiersbe, 1988 
    • Be Faithful, Victor Books, Warren Wiersbe, 1988 
    • Wise Up, Victor Books, 1990
    • Balanced Living On A Tightrope, Victor Books, 1991  


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