Alan Lovell

Alan Lovell
Graduate Admissions Counselor
(803) 807-5024

Hometown: Omro, WI
Education: B.A. in History from Ripon College, M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri, M.A. in General Theological Studies from Columbia International University

What is your favorite Bible verse? Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

Coke or Pepsi? Coke

What is your ideal pet? I love cats.

What are your favorite hobbies? Running, traveling, reading, singing, and playing the piano

I love my job because… I get to assist people in their quest to be trained and equipped for service to the Lord. I also have great co-workers.

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Dori Beach

Dori Beach
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
(803) 807-5024

Hometown: Manheim, PA

Degree: B.S. in Sociology from Charleston Southern University, M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Columbia International University

Favorite movie quote: “I owned a farm in Africa….” (Out of Africa)

Coke or Pepsi: Caffeine-Free Diet Coke

Where I have traveled outside of the US: Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Turkey, and Dominican Republic

Advice for new students: Connect with a mentor and classmates, take your spiritual life seriously, and give and receive grace freely.

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James McCall

James McCall
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
(803) 807-5024

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.

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Tina Tindle

Tina Tindle
Campus Visit Coordinator
(803) 807-5024

Hometown: Taylorsville, KY

Degree: Women’s Ministry Certificate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Favorite movie quote:  “There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer” from Pearl Harbor

Coke or Pepsi: Diet Coke

Places travel outside United States: Panama, South Korea, and Guam

Who is your favorite biblical figure other than Jesus? David, because he was a strong and mighty warrior

I love my job because… I get to serve God while doing what he created me to do.


Jim Brown

Psychology Professor

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

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.


Tammy Turkett

Tammy Turkett
Graduate Office Manager
(803) 807-5024

Hometown: Bluefield, WV (I’m glad to be down south, because I’m not fond of snow!)

Degree: J.D. Regent University School of Law; B.S. Management of Human Resources, Bluefield College

Coke or Pepsi? Cold Coke over ice!

How I would spend $1,000? Give it to a missionary/mission agency

My favorite movie quote? "Safe?" said Mr. Beaver (about Aslan). "Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."  (The Chronicles of Narnia)

Who is your favorite biblical figure other than Jesus? I’ve had many favorites! Right now, I’d say Epaphras, who labored earnestly for others in prayer.

Why I would pick CIU? CIU offers so much! A CIU education builds a great foundation for future relationships, work and ministry.


Karen Close

Karen Close, Director of Christian Service Learning at CIU
Director of Christian Service Learning
(803) 807-5465

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.

B.A. (Ministry) Western Christian College, Canada; M.A. & M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; D. Min, Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA ; 2004-2007 Adjunct Professor , Western Christian College, Canada; 2007 - present, Board of Directors, Western Christian College, Canada; 2004-present, Counselor, Lexington Church of Christ.


Jerry A. Rankin

Jerry A. Rankin
Director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies
(803) 807-5327

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.


James R. Lowther


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.


Juenarrl Keith


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



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