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.

Adjunct Faculty
Angella Eanes
Adjunct Counseling Professor
B.S. Lee University, M.A., Church of God Theological Seminary, M.A., Ph.D.,  University of North Carolina at GreensboroRead More...
Manuel Espina
Adjunct Instructor
Leadership Consultant EDUCATION Francisco Marroquin University 1993 – 1996 Business Administration and Political Sciences WORK EXPERIENCE Organization Guatemala Próspera, President 2003–2019 Guatemala Próspera, Non-Profit Organization 2003 Founder...Read More...
Chris Essig
Guitar Instructor
M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina under the instruction of Christopher Berg; B.A. in Guitar Performance, Geneva CollegeRead More...
Laura Mae Gardner
D.Min., Conservative Baptist Theological SeminaryRead More...
Geoffrey Griffith
Intercultural Studies Professor
D. Min., Western Conservative Baptist SeminaryRead More...
Donald L. Hamilton, Professor Emeritus of Homiletics Donald L. Hamilton
Professor Emeritus of Homiletics
Dr. Hamilton served on the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry from 1982 until his retirement in 2013. He also served as Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program from 2009 until 2013. Before coming to Columbia, he served on the staff of Youth for Christ, as part-time instructor at Minnesota Bible College, and as pastor of congregations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota....Read More...
Matthew Hill
Adjunct Professor - College of Arts & Sciences, Seminary & School of Ministry
Ph.D., Georgia State UniversityRead More...
Professor Emeritus William Lindsay Hislop
Professor Emeritus
Dr. Lindsay Hislop joined the faculty of CIU in 1983.  He was raised in southern Scotland and southern Ontario, Canada, and now lives in the southern United States. Hislop 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.  ...Read More...
Igou Hodges, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology L. Igou Hodges
Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology
Dr. Hodges joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1978 and has taught Systematic Theology from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he taught at Toccoa Falls College from 1975 until 1978. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. His books include I to I: A Personal Post-Eschatology and Reformed...Read More...
Richard B. Hodges
M.Div., Columbia International UniversityRead More...
 Don Howell,Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek Don N. Howell, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek
Dr. Howell joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1995 and served as assistant dean until 1998; he has taught New Testament and Greek from 1998 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served with OMF International in Japan from 1979 until 1994 as a church planter and theological educator. He has taught in Latin America, Eastern Europe, China, and...Read More...
Nabeel Jabbour
B.A., American University in Beirut; M.A., Near East School of Theology in Beirut; D.Th., University of South AfricaRead More...
Daniel Janosik
Adjunct Professor of Apologetics
A.B., College of William and Mary; M.Div., Columbia International University; M.A., Columbia International University; Ph.D., London School of TheologyRead More...
Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn Phyllis Kilbourn
Ph.D., Trinity International University; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Trevecca Nazarene Read More...
Charlie Koestline
Adjunct Counseling Professor
B.A., Suffolk University; M.A., Miami University; graduate assistant, Butler County Mental Health Center, 1968-70; intern in psychology, certificate from Wofford Hall, USAF Medical Center, 1971-72; clinical psychology, United States Air Force, 1971-75; SC Licensed Professional Counselor; SC Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; SC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, 1985; Columbia...Read More...
Dr. Warren Larson, Senior Research Fellow and Professor, Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies Warren F. Larson
Senior Research Fellow and Professor, Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies
Warren Larson joined the Columbia International University faculty in 1996.  Previously, he worked among Muslims in Pakistan for twenty-three years (1968-1991).  While church planting was the main task, he also conducted a reading room (1968-1976), and administered a Bible correspondence school (1976-1991).  For ten years, Larson was field director of Christar...Read More...
A  photo Elaine Lindsey, Emeritus Professor of Education   Elaine Lindsey
Emeritus Professor of Education
Dr. Lindsey feels that God has given her the gift of teaching. She has a passion to help other Christian teachers to learn how to truly integrate God’s principles into their academic subjects. One of her greatest delights is to hear of a former student applying her taught practices to their instruction. Read More...
Alex Luc Alex T. Luc
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Hebrew
Dr. Luc joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1982 and has taught Old Testament and Hebrew from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as a school principle and a pastor in Vietnam. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He has written articles for various scholarly...Read More...
Dr. Allan McKechnie, Professor Emeritus of Ministry Care Allan D. McKechnie
Professor Emeritus of Ministry Care
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...Read More...
Photo of Dr. Johnny Miller, Professor Emeritus of Bible and New Testament at Columbia International University (CIU) Johnny V. Miller
Professor Emeritus of Bible and New Testament | CIU President, 1991-1999
B.A. Arizona State University; Th.M., Th.D. Dallas Theological Seminary Read More...
Jennifer Noonan
Ph.D., Hebrew Union CollegeRead More...
Alena Pagal
Piano Instructor
B.Mus., Bowling Green State University; M.Mus., University of South CarolinaRead More...
Terry Powell, Professor Emeritus of Church Ministry Terry D. Powell
Professor Emeritus of Church Ministry
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...Read More...
Photo of Shirl Schiffman, Professor Emeritus of Ministry Studies at Columbia International University (CIU) Shirl Schiffman
Professor Emeritus of Ministry Studies
Dr. Schiffman joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after serving as director of instructional development for distance education from 1989 until 2006; she has taught Ministry Studies from 2006 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, she taught in two secular universities, served as a consultant for the Virginia Department of Education, and facilitated a...Read More...
Keith TravisRead More...
Photo of Milton Uecker, Professor Emeritus Professor of Education  Milton V. Uecker
Emeritus Professor of Education
Dr. Uecker is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the College of Education.  He currently serves as a guest lecturer and Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education.     Read More...
TESOL Practicum and Internship Supervisor, TESOL Adjunct Faculty Tina Winchester Walker
TESOL Practicum and Internship Supervisor, TESOL Adjunct Faculty
Tina (Winchester) Walker joined the CIU Faculty in 2011.  Previously, she taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to adult immigrants from all over the world for seventeen years.  Prior to teaching adult immigrants English, Tina taught elementary and middle school students with Learning Disabilities for twelve years.  She has served as an ESOL...Read More...
Emily Y. Wang
Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical University Read More...
Franklin WangRead More...
David WestRead More...
Visiting Faculty
Debby Jones Debby Jones
Debby Jones challenges women through solid Bible teaching to grow deeper in their walk with Christ. Whether addressing large audiences or small discipleship groups, her style remains personal and practical. Debby has a masters degree in Educational Ministries and co-authored the best-selling book Lady in Waiting, highlighting 10 qualities of a godly woman. The book has been published in 10...Read More...
Korntal
Carmen Crouse
Director of Academic Services, Assistant Dean, Department Head Student Services, Institutional Development - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus
M.A. Bible, Columbia International University After her professional training in a bank and ministry at various Torchbearer Centers Carmen Crouse spent three years working as a flight attendant with Lufthansa. She joined the staff at Korntal after graduating with a Master’s degree in 1995 and has since been involved in various roles. Carmen Crouse serves as Director of Institutional...Read More...

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