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.

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

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Lyons joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary and School of Counseling in 2022 and teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses. He is a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians and a member of the

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Alex Manzewitsch joined the CIU faculty in 2023 after teaching general and organic chemistry at the University of South Carolina (2017–2023). Dr. Manzewitsch received his Bachelor of Science

Professor of Clinical Counseling

Dr. Mathew started teaching in the Graduate Counseling Program at CIU in the Fall of 2023. With degrees in Counseling, Psychology and Theology, Ben enjoys the integration and collaboration of various

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, School of Nursing & Professor of Nursing

Dr. McElheny is the founding Dean for the School of Nursing. 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

Having grown up in Ohio, Dr. Kevin McWilliams has spent his adult life thawing out in Florida, the West Indies, and South Carolina. His ministry has included discipling some awesome young people as a

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

PhD/EdS Program Director, 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.