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.

Associate Professor of English

Associate Professor of English B.A., Jacksonville University; M.A., University of Texas (at Tyler) Danielle was born and raised in Palm Beach County, FL. Throughout those seasons, she was a journalist

Associate Professor of Music Education

Associate Professor of Music Education B.A. Music Education, University of South Carolina M.M.Ed., Boston University For over 20 years, Mrs. Kilgus has taught general music and choir at all levels of

Professor of New Testament

Dr. Klausli joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary and School of Ministry in 2013 and teaches New Testament and Greek as well as Biblical Contextualization. Before coming to Columbia, he served from

Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Langston joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2011 and has taught Chaplain Ministries from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as pastor of a

Provost & Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

B.S., Georgetown University; M.Div., Alliance Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Professor of TESOL/Linguistics

Joe LeTexier joined the CIU faculty in 1996. Prior to that, he was involved in cross-cultural ministry working primarily in Zaragoza, Spain. Dr. LeTexier is fluent in Spanish and has conducted

Music Program Director, Professor of Music

B.A. in Music Education, Alderson Broaddus College; M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina;n D.M.A. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina

Director of Christian Service Learning; Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

A. James McCall Assistant Dean of College of Arts and Sciences; Director of Christian Service Learning B.A. Joshua Springs Bible College; B.A. Calvary Chapel Bible College M.Div., Columbia

M.A.T. Program Director, Assessment Coordinator, Professor of Education

Dr. McCann’s desire is for undergraduate and graduate students to develop and refine their heart for ministry as future teachers and educational leaders who will serve the Lord with academic

Director of Nursing Programs

Dr. Jill McElheny has over 27 years of nursing experience, and she came to CIU from Colorado Christian University where she served as the director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and

Bible Studies Professor

B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity International University

Director of Prison Initiative

B.A., Carver Bible College; M.Div., Columbia International University; D. Min, Columbia International University Andre was born in Washington, DC. He committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in