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.

Sports Management Program Director

BS in Education, Messiah College 1977; Vanguard Wilderness School, Wheaton College 1977; MA in Physical Education, Southern Methodist University 1982; EdD in Sports Management and Administration

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, International Community Development, and Disaster Relief and Emergency Management

Michelle L. K. Raven joined CIU in 2017 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. She is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel (JAG Corp) and was a missionary with Christar International for five

Associate Professor, Director of Philosophy

B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., Biola University; Ph.D, Saint Louis University

Professor of Communication/Digital Media Production

A.A., Southwest Virginia Community College; B.A. Radford University; M.A., Regent University; Ph.D., Regent University Ken brings a unique blend of academic training in communication and media along

Professor of Preaching, DML Program Director

Dr. Rogers joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after teaching Pastoral Ministries in the Bible College until 2010; he has taught Church Ministry from 2010 until the present.

Professor of Adventure Education

Dr. Rubinson joined the faculty of CIU's Seminary & School of Ministry in 2011 and has taught Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he was a

Professor of Counseling

Dr. Scott joined the Graduate Counseling Program faculty of Columbia International University in 2019 as an Associate Professor. He teaches primarily in the Clinical Counseling program in areas of

Associate Provost for Online Studies - Education, CoE

B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College; B.S.; Calvin College; M.S.E., Indiana University; Ed.D. Ball State University

Dean, College of Intercultural Studies, Professor of Intercultural Studies and History of Global Christianity

Ed Smither joined the Columbia International University faculty in 2012. Previously, he taught church history and intercultural studies at Liberty University (2006-2012) and spent fourteen years in

Professor - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus

D.Th., University of South Africa Missionary in Tanzania for 8 years. He joined the ESCT-Faculty in 2013, teaching in the area of Intercultural Studies. He also serves as an academic advisor and

Associate Professor of Human Services

B. S., Benedict College, MS, South Carolina State University, PhD., Capella University Dr. Thomas worked with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (2004-2016) as Director of Children and

Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music

Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music B.S. Music Education, Indiana Wesleyan University; M.M. Choral Conducting, Michigan State University Bryce Thompson serves as the Director