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.

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

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

M.Ed. Program Director, Professor of Education

Dr. Moore’s passion is to work with Christian educators to enhance classroom skills that use biblical integration and teaching with intentionality to develop spiritual formation in students.

Director of Professional Education Field Experiences, Associate Professor of Education

Mrs. Murdaugh embraces the motto of “changed lives change lives”, she desires to train with excellence highly qualified Christian teachers who think, teach and lead biblically wherever God leads.

Professor of Counseling

Dr. Nanna joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary and School of Ministry in 2018, after serving as an adjunct faculty member since 2012. She coordinates the clinical program as well as the internships

Professor of New Testament

B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.Div., M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh Mike Naylor is a New Testament professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Originally

Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Noonan joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2014. He teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses for CIU and is the faculty advisor for Grad Life Council (which creates

Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture

Dr. David Olshine came to CIU as the Director and Professor of Youth Ministry in 1993. Dr. David is a popular professor on campus. His interests and expertise are in the areas of communicating for

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

Professor of Mission Care

Dr. Pruitt joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2001 and has taught Missionary Care from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia she taught, counseled, and

Professor of Ministry Studies, Director of Internships, Assistant Dean

Melina Rabon joined the CIU faculty in 2015. She oversees internships for Columbia Biblical Seminary and the Seminary & School of Ministry. Melina teaches Spiritual Formation and Practical Ministry