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.

Yassir Eric
Director of EIMI - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus
M.A., Columbia International University, M.A. in Theology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg Yassir Eric is an outstanding expert on Islam, not only academically, but also because of his personal migration background. He is a sought-after speaker in many nations and continents. For several years he served as a lecturer and pastor of migrant churches in Germany. To prepare for these...Read More...
Tobias Menges
ESCT-Interim Dean, Professor - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus
M.A. Intercultural Studies, Columbia International University; Ph.D cand. Tobias Menges is interim Dean of ESCT. Since 2013 he has directed the undergraduate course offerings at AWM/ESCT. After a technical vocational training, he worked with OM (Operation Mobilisation) for more than 20 years in various functions, especially in the area of personnel management and development. The Menges...Read More...
Bernhard Ott
Professor, Supervisor of Research and Dissertations - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus
Ph.D., Missiology, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies/The Open University, UK After several years of work with an architect, Bernhard Ott changed course very early in his professional life. He studied theology and missiology in Fresno (California) and at the Oxford Centre of Mission Studies, earning his PhD from The Open University, UK. For many years he directed the Theologisches Seminar...Read More...
Joachim Pomrehn
Director of Doctoral Studies, Professor - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus
Ph.D., Columbia International University Theological Studies in Germany and Switzerland were followed by church ministry and pastoral care in a counseling program for Christians. During this time, Joachim Pomrehn traveled extensively through Eastern Europe, supporting church leaders and their staff through fellowship, hands-on support and training seminars. Joachim has been a part of the...Read More...
Elmar Spohn
Professor - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus
D.Th., University of South Africa Missionary in Tanzania for 8 years. He joined the ESCT-Faculty in 2013, teaching in the area of Intercultural Studies. He also serves as an academic advisor and guides students through the comprehensive exercise. Read More...
Peter Westphal
President - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus
MBA Heriot-Watt University, Scotland; Ph.D. Northcentral University Originally from Northern Germany, Peter spent 30 years working with different organizations in Asia. From the very beginning, he was captivated by the question "How can work be done more effectively and how is it carried out differently in other cultures?" Developing competent and empowering leadership, as well as cross-...Read More...