Michael W. Langston

Mike Langston, Professor of Practical Theology
Professor of Practical Theology

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. 


  • PhD, University of Aberdeen
  • DMin, Bethel Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MA, The Naval War College
  • BS, University of Louisiana


  • Langston, Michael W. 2021. “Chaplaincy-A Specialized Path to Ministry Preparation.” Didaktikos: Journal of Theological Education; Vol. 5, issue 1 (September). in publication process now.
  • Langston, Michael W. 2021. “Opportunities of Virtual Learning Environments: Best Practices in Online Doctoral Programs.” In Developments in Virtual Learning Environments and the Global Workplace, ed. Stephanie Swartz, Belem Barbosa, Izzy Crawford, and Susan Luck (Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing).
  • Langston, Michael W. 2019. Establishing the Practical Significance of the Influence of Evangelical Theology on an Evangelical Military Chaplains Praxis of Chaplaincy: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Approach. Dissertation, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
  • Langston, Michael W. 2017. “Forward.” in Essential Chaplain Skill Sets: Discovering Effective Ways to Provide Excellent Spiritual Care, Keith Evans, Bloomington, IL: WestBow Press: vii-x.
  • Langston, Michael W. and. Kathy J. Langston. 2017. From Despair to Hope: A Forty-Day Devotional. Silverton, Oregon: Lampion Press.
  • Langston, Michael W. and. Kathy J. Langston. 2016. A Journey to Hope: Healing the Traumatized Spirit. Silverton, Oregon: Lampion Press.
  • Langston, Michael W. 2012. “The Military Chaplain: The Presence of Christ in Dangerous Places.” CIU Admissions Magazine.
  • Langston, Michael W. 1996. Developing Spiritual Vitality in an Evangelical Protestant Military Chapel Worship Program. Dissertation, Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN: St. Paul.