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.

Dean, Seminary and School of Counseling

Dr. Croteau joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 2013, became Associate Dean in 2020, and Dean of the Seminary and School of Counseling in 2021. He teaches New Testament and Greek

Bible and Christian Ministries Division Chair, Middle Eastern Studies Program Director

Dr. John Crutchfield was raised in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. After attending public (government) schools, he spent a year studying at the Torchbearer Schools in Europe (England and Austria), then

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

Professor Emeritus

Dan's passion for "Communicating Christ Creatively" is seen in his life, ministry and family. During his time as the chairman of the communication program, his desire was to incorporate technology

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. David DeWitt is a biomedical scientist with over 25 years of higher education experience including 9 years chairing the department of biology and chemistry at Liberty University prior to joining

Amy DuBois, Dean, Cook School of Business

PhD, Organizational Leadership, Columbia International University 2021 MBA, Baylor University BA, Southern Methodist University

Associate Professor of History and Theology

Dr. TK Dunn came to Columbia International University from the United Kingdom where he lived until he was in his mid-20s. He came to the States for seminary in Louisville, KY, before working in

Director of EIMI - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus

Dr. theol., Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, M.A., Columbia International University, M.A. in Theology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg Yassir Eric is an outstanding expert on Islam, not

Associate Professor of Clinical Counseling

Dr. Ginavra Gibson joined the Graduate Counseling Program faculty of Columbia International University in 2023 as an Associate Professor after serving as an adjunct faculty member since 2020. She

Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture

Dr. Karen Grant joined the CIU faculty in 2001 and continues to teach Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture courses. Previously she served as the Director of Student Activities at a public university in

Professor of New Testament and PhD Program Director

Dr. Harvey joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 1991 and taught New Testament and Greek until 2011, when he became dean. In 2021 he moved to the role of PhD program director. He is a

Associate Professor, Business Administration

Dr. Hays brings over eighteen years experience as a professor in higher education and more than fifteen years experience in leadership, management, healthcare administration, and business