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.

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 Hermeneutics. Before coming to Columbia, he served from 2006

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

While Dr. Rod Lewis’ primary musical outlet is guitar, his interests and musical activities are more broad. He has worked as a studio guitarist and session musician in many different styles of music

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

Professor McCall joined the faculty of CIU in 2020 as an Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Director of Christian Service Learning. He teaches Spiritual Formation and Christian

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

Dean 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

Professor of Bible Studies

Dr. Kevin McWilliams joined the Columbia International University faculty in 1996. Prior to that he was involved in pastoral ministry in two churches in Florida and intercultural ministry in the

Director of Prison Initiative

Dr. Andre Melvin was born in Washington, DC. He committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1994, received, and accepted God’s call to preach the gospel in 1999. Dr. Melvin has served in various

Dean and Professor — CIU Korntal

M.A. Intercultural Studies, Columbia International University; Ph.D Tobias Menges is the Dean of CIU Korntal. Since 2013 he has directed the undergraduate course offerings at AWM/Korntal. After a

Dean of the College of Education, Professor of Education

Dr. Mitchell serves at Columbia International University as Dean for the College of Education. She desires to support educators in their quest to serve as teachers and educational leaders, sustained