CIU News

  • Dr. Mike Langston (Photo by Kierston Smith)

    Chaplaincy professor honored with national award

    By Bob Holmes

    As Columbia International University Chaplaincy Professor Dr. Mike Langston sat in the back of the meeting room, he thought it was rather strange that no one gave him an itinerary of events for the annual meeting of The Military Chaplains...

  • Columbia International University Old Testment Professor Dr. Ben Noonan is taking a deeper look at Egypt in the Bible.

    Professor taking a deeper look at Egypt in the Bible

    By Bob Holmes

    A study leave that included a trip to Egypt has a Columbia International University professor considering a deeper look into the biblical importance of the ancient North African nation.

    Professor of Old Testament, Dr. Ben Noonan toured Egypt in early 2020 with...

  • CIU Prison Intitiative alumnus Ryan Chitwood chats with local pastors at a Prison Initiative luncheon.

    Sharing the success of the CIU Prison Initiative

    Local pastors listen to testimonies over lunch

    By Bob Holmes

    When Ryan Chitwood was a student in the CIU Prison Initiative, he ministered daily to fellow...

  • CIU alumnus and current CIU Ph.D. student Phil Thompson

    Doctoral student getting Google results for the gospel

    By Bob Holmes

    Columbia International University alumnus Phil Thompson calls it “spiritual warfare on the web.”

    Thompson manages digital strategy and development for The Gospel Coalition (TGC), including its new Essays Project that offers 250 topical...

  • CIU students Bethany Spriggs, Kayla Wolfe and Katelyn Nichols. Nichols is the CIU Faith and Freedom student chapter president.

    An exciting focus on faith and freedom

    Columbia International University students attending the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 2020 conference learned from pastors, nonprofit leaders, and elected officials from all across the world on how to make a positive impact on legislation and lives.

    CIU Faith and Freedom Student Chapter President Katelyn Nichols says the event held near Atlanta this year offered many opportunities to...

  • Ken Blackwell speaks to CIU students in Shortess Chapel.

    Notable public servant named to CIU board

    Ken Blackwell, a nationally-known figure with an extensive career in public service has been named to the Columbia International University Board of Trustees.

    Blackwell has served as mayor of Cincinnati and Ohio treasurer and secretary of state. Additionally, he was undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human...

CIU President Dr. Mark Smith (right) with Steve Forbes of Forbes Media at economic development luncheon.
As Columbia International University increases its community involvement, CIU President Dr. Mark Smith dialogues with key members of the state and other influencers.
In January, Smith joined... Read More
Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith with students.
Columbia International University is celebrating another great semester of enrollment. Total enrollment in the spring semester now stands at 1,718 students; that’s up 42% compared to a year ago. More... Read More
CIU Prison Initiative alumnus Ryan Chitwood
Jacob is in the final years of his prison term. In the meantime, the alumnus of the CIU Prison Initiative will continue to make an impact on his fellow inmates.
Jacob, (prison policy prohibits... Read More
Columbia International University Professor of Ministry Care Dr. Steven Johnson
Dr. Steven A. Johnson, CIU assistant professor of Ministry Care is the new president of The Albert Ellis Institute Board of Directors in New York City. The Institute promotes emotional and behavioral... Read More
Dr. Mark Smith accepts the Community Impact Award as Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (left) and CIU Professor Andre Rogers look on. (Photos by Kierston Smith)
The North Columbia Business Association has recognized Columbia International University with the Community Impact Organization of the Year Award for the school’s work on improving the Monticello... Read More
Dr. David Croteau, author of "Urban Legends of the Old Testament
A new book by Columbia International University Professor Dr. David Croteau surveys 40 of the most commonly misinterpreted passages in the Old Testament. “Urban Legends of the Old Testament” is... Read More
Pastor Paul Ontunya Oyagi of Kenya with Bibles in his native language
By Bob Holmes
Call it a divine appointment.
It all started in September when a pastor in a remote area of Western Kenya inquired about enrollment at Columbia International University. ... Read More
Mitch Townley performs in Knoxville, Tennessee.
When Mitch Townley was in seminary at Columbia International University, he enrolled in a Christian songwriting class. The instructor was impressed with his lyrics, but added, “These are lyrics... Read More
CIU Men's Golf Coach Tucker MacDonald comes with credentials as instructor and player.
The new men’s golf coach at Columbia International University is a South Carolina native with a wealth of experience as a player and golf instructor.
Tucker MacDonald, who grew up in Greer and played... Read More
CIU Prison Initiative students bow in prayer.
Training updated by Prison Initiative alumnus; applauded by prison staff RN
By Dr. Lindsay Hislop and Bob Holmes
Josh* estimated the man in the prison infirmary bed was about 60 years old.... Read More
"Doughnut Party!" CIU President Mark Smith and children at Hyatt Park Elementary.
“We’re having a doughnut party!” shouted a kindergartner at Hyatt Park Elementary School.
The student was responding to the 30 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts delivered to the school by Columbia... Read More
CIU December 2019 graduate Ireland Cost.
By Ireland E. Kost
Graduation at CIU is one of my favorite celebrations to attend. Family members unashamedly hollering out congratulations from the back of Shortess chapel, professors... Read More