Our Faculty

CIU faculty bring to the classroom deep experience that might include working among Muslims in France and North Africa, teaching leadership skills to FBI Academy instructors, or serving as teachers and administrators in both public and Christian schools.

Add in former military chaplains, experienced practicing family counselors and experts in ancient languages (to name a few) and you get just the right mix of experience and devotion to God that makes CIU a leader among the nation’s Christian universities and seminaries.

Our student/faculty ratio for undergraduates is 17 to 1. At the graduate and seminary level, it’s 12 to 1. Our educators are here because of their passion for their students and community. Interacting with them inside and outside the classroom is how our Bible-based college and seminary transforms students’ lives through developing their academics, sparking their spiritual growth and honing their ministry skills.

Resident Faculty
Scott R. Adams
Dean, School of Business & Professional Studies
Juris Doctorate, Brooklyn Law School Read More...
Steve Baarendse
Professor of English, Humanities Program Director
B.A., Taylor University; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina Read More...
Dr. Bryan Beyer Bryan E. Beyer
Professor of Bible, College of Arts & Sciences
B.A., Colorado State University; M.Div., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Read More...
Allison Byxbe Allison Byxbe
Associate Professor of English, College of Arts & Sciences
B.A., Columbia College of S.C.; M.A., University of South Carolina Allison grew up, mostly, right here in Columbia, S.C. Upon graduating from college, and during a brief stint in human resources with a local law firm, God laid a clear call on her heart to become a college writing professor. After earning her master’s in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of South Carolina, she...Read More...
Dr. David Cashin, Professor of Intercultural Studies David G. Cashin
Professor of Intercultural Studies
Dr. Cashin is professor of intercultural studies in the College of Intercultural Studies at CIU. Previously, he lived in Sweden, where he served as pastor of two churches. He wrote and taught courses and seminars in Islamic history, theology, and Muslim-Christian relations. Then, for nine years, Dr. Cashin served in Bangladesh as missionary, church planter, educator, and...Read More...
A photo of Michelle Clevenger, Associate Professor of Education Michelle Clevenger
Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Clevenger enjoys sharing her passion for investing in young learners with future teachers. She desires to prepare educators to value the foundational experiences early childhood teachers can provide in the cognitive, social, and spiritual development of their students.   Read More...
Karen Close Karen Close
Professor Emeritus
B.A. (Ministry) Western Christian College, Canada; M.A. & M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; D.Min., Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia Read More...
A photo of Joseph Craft, Associate Professor of Education Joseph M. Craft
Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Craft is driven by the Holy Spirit to help students recognize their God-given potential as Christian educators.  He specializes in early childhood and elementary education with increased emphasis in instructional design, assessment, and classroom and behavior management. He has a passion for teaching and supporting students.     Read More...
Dave Croteau, Professor of New Testament, PhD Program Director, Associate Dean David A. Croteau
Professor of New Testament, PhD Program Director, Associate Dean
Dr. Croteau joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 2013 and became Associate Dean in 2020. He teaches New Testament and Greek courses and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. Before joining CIU, he was Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Liberty University from 2006–2013. Dr. Croteau has taught in Tanzania, Kenya, South Korea, India, Nepal, Cambodia, the...Read More...
John Crutchfield
Middle Eastern Studies Program Director, Professor of Bible
Certificate form Torchbearer Schools, Capernwray Hall, England and Tauernhof, Austria; B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Israel Study Tour, 1990; M.Phil., D.Phil., Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati Read More...
Dr. Victor Cuartas, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Elmer V. Thompson Chair of Church Planting Victor H. Cuartas
Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Elmer V. Thompson Chair of Church Planting
Victor H. Cuartas joined the CIU faculty in 2016 and is the Elmer V. Thompson Chair of Church Planting at CIU. Previously, he taught global missions and church ministry at Regent University (2006-2016). He also served several years in missions and church planting in his home country of Colombia before continuing his ministry in the United States. Cuartas is actively involved with...Read More...
Daniel F. DeLozier
Professional Studies Division Chair, Communication Program Director
B.S., Lancaster Bible College; M.S., Temple University; Ed.D., Temple University Read More...
Amy DuBois
Associate Professor, Business Administration
PhD, Organizational Leadership, Columbia International University 2021 MBA, Baylor University BA, Southern Methodist University Read More...
Photo for Steve Farra Stephen H. Farra
Professor Emeritus
B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Wheaton College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Albert Ellis Institute Read More...
David Finklea David Finklea
Assistant Director, Prison Initiative
B.S. in Religion and Apologetics, Liberty University; M.A. in Theological Studies, Liberty University David was born in Mullins, South Carolina and has lived in various parts of the state before moving to Columbia. He joined CIU’s Prison Initiative Ministry in June 2020. He also serves as the pastor and Bible teacher for a church in Kingstree, South Carolina. He is the founder of...Read More...
Brian Gault, Professor, Old Testament Brian P. Gault
Professor of Old Testament
Dr. Gault joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 2012. He teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society, where he serves on the steering committee for the Old Testament Wisdom Literature study group. He has written articles for several scholarly journals and is currently writing a...Read More...
Karen Grant, Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture Karen Grant
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
Dr. Grant joined the CIU faculty in 2001 and continues to teach Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture courses in the Seminary & School of Ministry. Before joining CIU, she served as the Director of Student Activities at a public university in California for 12 years. She then moved to serve full-time in youth ministry at a church in Rockford, Illinois from 1994-2001. Dr. Grant is...Read More...
John D. Harvey, Dean and Professor of New Testament John D. Harvey
Dean and Professor of New Testament
Dr. Harvey joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 1991 and taught New Testament and Greek until 2011 when he became dean. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He served for one year as the dean of the European School of Culture and Theology in Korntal, Germany (1998-99) and has had...Read More...
Steven M. Hays
Associate Professor, Business AdministrationRead More...
A photo of Lynn Hoestra, Teacher Education Program Director, Professor of Education Lynn Hoekstra
Teacher Education Program Director, Professor of Education
Dr. Hoekstra enjoys sharing the practical experiences from 16 years of middle school teaching with future teachers. She desires to prepare teachers with a biblical worldview who, by God’s grace, can then inspire and encourage their own students.   Read More...
Steve Johnson, Professor of Counseling Steve A. Johnson
Professor of Counseling
Dr. Johnson moved to Columbia after serving as a director of care and counseling for 17 years. He is currently serving as the president of the board of at the Albert Ellis Institute for cognitive behavioral therapy/rational emotive behavior therapy in New York City.  For many years he has supervised mental health practitioners around the world and continues to do so. He is also a...Read More...
A photo of Becky Kilgus. Becky Kilgus
Associate Professor of Music Education
B.A. University of South Carolina; M.M. Boston UniversityRead More...
Markus Klausli, Professor of New Testament Markus Klausli
Professor of New Testament
Dr. Klausli joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary and School of Ministry in 2013 and teaches New Testament and Greek as well as Biblical Contextualization. Before coming to Columbia, he served from 2006-2007 as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Theological Seminary and then from 2007-2013 with Liebenzell USA as lecturer for New Testament and dean at CIU’s European School of Culture and...Read More...
Mike Langston, Professor of Practical Theology Michael W. Langston
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...Read More...
James Lanpher
Provost & Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
B.S., Georgetown University; M.Div., Alliance Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame Read More...
Dr. Joe LeTexier, Professor of TESOL/Linguistics Joseph LeTexier
Professor of TESOL/Linguistics
Joe LeTexier joined the CIU faculty in 1996. Prior to that, he was involved in cross-cultural ministry working primarily in Zaragoza, Spain. Dr. LeTexier is fluent in Spanish and has conducted extensive linguistic research into the Spanish language.  He loves to see his students become excited about applying linguistic theory to the second language classroom.  ...Read More...
Professor of Music Rod Lewis
Music Program Director, Professor of Music
B.A. in Music Education, Alderson Broaddus College; M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina;n D.M.A. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina Read More...
James McCall James McCall
Director of Christian Service Learning; Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
A. James McCall Assistant Dean of College of Arts and Sciences; Director of Christian Service Learning B.A. Joshua Springs Bible College; B.A. Calvary Chapel Bible College M.Div., Columbia International University; M.A. Messiah University (In Progress)   High School Teacher, 2002-2008, Joshua Springs Christian School; Primary Children’s Pastor, Joshua Springs Calvary...Read More...
A photo of Mark McCann,  M.A.T.  Program Director, Professor of Education Mark McCann
M.A.T. Program Director, Professor of Education
Dr. McCann’s desire is for undergraduate and graduate students to develop and refine their heart for ministry as future teachers and educational leaders who will serve the Lord with academic excellence and spiritual acuity.   Read More...
Dr. Kevin McWilliams Kevin McWilliams
Bible Studies Professor
B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity International University Read More...
Andre Melvin Andre Melvin
Director of Prison Initiative
B.A., Carver Bible College; M.Div., Columbia International University   Andre was born in Washington, DC.  He committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1994, received, and accepted God’s call to preach the gospel in 1999.   Andre has served in various capacities in the local church.  He served as a Street Evangelist in DC, a Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor...Read More...
A photor of Connie Mitchell, Dean of College of Education Connie Mitchell
Dean of the College of Education, Professor of Education
Dr. Mitchell serves at Columbia International University as Dean for the College of Education. She desires to support educators in their quest to serve as teachers and educational leaders, sustained with a Christian philosophy of education and a global vision. Read More...

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