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
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 photo of Connie Mitchell, dean of the College of Education at CIU. Connie Mitchell
Dean of the College of Education
Dr. Connie 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...
A photo of Debbie Moore, Master of Education Program Director. Debbie Moore
Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program Director, Professor of Education
Debbie Moore serves in the College of Education as the Master of Education Program Director.  She has held various positions within Christian education since 1986 as teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, and dean. Read More...
A photo of Linda Murdaugh, the director of Professional Education Field Experiences at CIU Linda Murdaugh
Director of Professional Education Field Experiences
B.A., California Baptist College; M.A., California State UniversityRead More...
Glenda Nanna, Professor of Counseling Glenda Nanna
Professor of CounselingRead More...
Mike Naylor, Bible Faculty Michael Naylor
Bible Studies Chair, Professor of New Testament
Biblical Studies Chair, Associate Professor of New Testament  B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.Div., M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh Mike Naylor is a New Testament professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Originally from Iowa, Mike has also lived in Chicago, Edinburgh (Scotland), and Maryland. Mike joined the faculty at Columbia...Read More...
Ben Noonan, Professor of Old Testament Benjamin J. Noonan
Professor of Old TestamentRead More...
David Olshine, Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture David Olshine
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and CultureRead More...
Terry Powell, Professor Emeritus of Church Ministry Terry D. Powell
Professor Emeritus of Church Ministry
B.A., Carson-Newman College; A.M., A.M., Wheaton College; PhD., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Read More...
Rhonda Pruitt, Professor of Mission Care Rhonda R. Pruitt
Professor of Mission Care
Education PhD, Columbia International University DMin (ABD), Asbury Seminary MA, Regent University MACE, Columbia International University BA, Holmes College Awards and Honors Global Member Care Conference coordinator and board member. Training global professional counselors and member care staff of mission organizations. A division of the World Evangelical...Read More...
Melina Rabon, Professor of Ministry Studies, Director of Internships, Assistant Dean Melina Rabon
Professor of Ministry Studies, Director of Internships, Assistant DeanRead More...
Wayne Rasmussen Wayne Rasmussen
Sports Management Program Director
BS in Education, Messiah College 1977; Vanguard Wilderness School, Wheaton College 1977; MA in Physical Education, Southern Methodist University 1982; EdD in Sports Management and Administration, Temple University 1995.Read More...
Dr. Michelle Raven, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, International Community Development, and Disaster Relief and Emergency Management Michelle L. K. Raven
Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies Read More...
Photo of Jonathan Reibsamen, Director of Philosophy at CIU Jonathan Reibsamen
Associate Professor, Director of Philosophy
B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., Biola University; Ph.D, Saint Louis UniversityRead More...
Ken Rife Ken Rife
Professor of Communication/Digital Media Production
A.A., Southwest Virginia Community College; B.A. Radford University; M.A., Regent University; Ph.D., Regent University Ken brings a unique blend of academic training in communication and media along with over 35 years of media production experience specifically within ministry settings. He served in media production for Campus Crusade for Christ, and most recently directed a media...Read More...
Andre Rogers, Professor of Preaching, DML Program Director Andre Rogers
Professor of Preaching, DML Program Director
B.A., D.Min., Columbia International University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary Read More...
Sam Rubinson, Professor of Adventure Education Sam Rubinson
Professor of Adventure EducationRead More...
Photo of Shirl Schiffman, Professor Emeritus of Ministry Studies at Columbia International University (CIU) Shirl Schiffman
Professor Emeritus of Ministry Studies
Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University; B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University  Read More...
Seth Scott, Professor of Counseling Seth Scott
Professor of CounselingRead More...
Brian Simmons Brian Simmons
Associate Provost for Online Studies - Education, CoE
B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College; B.S.; Calvin College; M.S.E., Indiana University; Ed.D. Ball State University Read More...
Dr. Ed Smither, Dean, College of Intercultural Studies, Professor of Intercultural Studies and History of Global Christianity Edward L. Smither
Dean, College of Intercultural Studies, Professor of Intercultural Studies and History of Global Christianity Read More...
Elmar Spohn, Professor of Missiology at CIU - Korntal Elmar Spohn
M.A. Columbia International University; D.Th. University of South Africa Read More...
Milton Uecker, Professor Emeritus of Education at CIU Milton V. Uecker
Professor Emeritus - Education
B.A., Concordia Teachers College; M.Ed., University of Texas at Austin; Ed.D., University of Virginia Read More...
Larry Wagner, Professor of Counseling Larry R. Wagner
Professor of CounselingRead More...
James E. Watson James E. Watson
Ph.D./Ed.S. Program Director - Education, CoE
James Watson currently serves Columbia International University as a professor in the College of Education.  He has served churches, Christian schools, and colleges as pastor, teacher, coach, school administrator, and professor.    Read More...
Klaus Wetzel Klaus Wetzel
M.S., Math; M.Ed. Secondary Education, University of Frankfurt; M.Th. (equiv.), D.Th., University of MainzRead More...
Paula Whitaker
Associate Professor of Psychology
Paula K. Whitaker, Ph. D. Associate Professor of Psychology B.A. in Psychology with a Music minor, The University of Tampa (UT) M.A. & Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, The University of South Florida (USF) Paula began her educational journey as a pastoral ministries student at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL. Along the way, God called her toward the counseling ministry to...Read More...
Zhiqiu Xu, Professor of Theology Zhiqiu Xu
Professor of TheologyRead More...
Dr. Sandra Young Sandra Young
Liberal Arts Division Chair, English Program Director, Professor of English
B.A., George Fox University; Certificate in Bible, Columbia International University; M.A.T. in English, The Citadel; Ph.D. in English, University of South Carolina; teacher, Charleston County School District, 1999-2001; Faculty member, Columbia College, 2006-2013; Faculty, Columbia International University, 2013 – present.Read More...
Adjunct Faculty
Thomas Barbian Thomas Barbian
Adjunct Counseling Professor
B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University; Ph.D., Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology Read More...
Trish Bates
Adjunct Counseling Professor
B.S., Liberty University, M.A.,  Columbia International University, SC Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.Read More...
Sharon Berry
Adjunct Professor of Education
B.S.E., University of Arkansas; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., Gallaudet UniversityRead More...

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