Columbia Biblical Seminary Faculty

Professor of English, Humanities Program Director

B.A., Taylor University; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University; Ph.D., Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology

Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.S., Liberty University, M.A., Columbia International University, SC Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.

Adjunct Professor of Education

B.S.E., University of Arkansas; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., Gallaudet University

Professor of Bible, College of Arts & Sciences

B.A., Colorado State University; M.Div., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Online Instructor

Education Credentials Ed.D.,Grand Canyon University, 2016 Organizational Leadership Specialization: Organizational Development Ed.D. coursework, University of Northern Colorado, 1984-1985 Major

TESOL Adjunct Faculty

Alisha Biler joined the CIU Faculty in 2016. She has taught English as a Foreign Language for over a decade, both in the U.S and abroad.

Voice Instructor

B.Mus., Columbia College; M.Mus., University of South Carolina; doctoral candidate, University of South Carolina

Associate Professor of English, College of Arts & Sciences

B.A., Columbia College of S.C.; M.A., University of South Carolina Allison grew up, mostly, right here in Columbia, S.C. Upon graduating from college, and during a brief stint in human resources with

Professor of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Cashin is professor of intercultural studies in the College of Intercultural Studies at CIU. Previously, he lived in Sweden, where he served as pastor of two churches.

Director, Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies

Dr. Castor and his wife, Katie, served as YWAM missionaries in South Asia before coming to CIU. He started working at the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies in 2008. His research interests are in Muslim

Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Clevenger enjoys sharing her passion for investing in young learners with future teachers. She desires to prepare educators to value the foundational experiences early childhood teachers can

Physical Science Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian College; Ph.D., University of Texas; additional studies at University of Manitoba, University of Regina, Winthrop University and University of South Carolina

Professor Emeritus

B.A. (Ministry) Western Christian College, Canada; M.A. & M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; D.Min., Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

Bible Teaching (Undergraduate and M.A.B.T.) Program Director

B.S., Columbia Bible College; M.Ed., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of South Carolina; advanced biblical studies, Reformed Theological Seminary and Columbia International University

Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Craft is driven by the Holy Spirit to help students recognize their God-given potential as Christian educators. He specializes in early childhood and elementary education with increased emphasis

Professor of New Testament, PhD Program Director, Associate Dean

Dr. Croteau joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 2013 and became Associate Dean in 2020. He teaches New Testament and Greek courses and is a member of the Evangelical Theological

Middle Eastern Studies Program Director, Professor of Bible

Certificate form Torchbearer Schools, Capernwray Hall, England and Tauernhof, Austria; B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; M.Div., Trinity

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Elmer V. Thompson Chair of Church Planting

Victor H. Cuartas joined the CIU faculty in 2016 and is the Elmer V. Thompson Chair of Church Planting at CIU. Previously, he taught global missions and church ministry at Regent University (2006-2016

Professional Studies Division Chair, Communication Program Director

B.S., Lancaster Bible College; M.S., Temple University; Ed.D., Temple University

Associate Professor, Business Administration

PhD, Organizational Leadership, Columbia International University 2021 MBA, Baylor University BA, Southern Methodist University

Associate Professor of History and Theology

T. K. Dunn Associate Professor of History Professor Dunn joined the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2021. He teaches courses in American, Church, European, and World History, and is

Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.S. Lee University, M.A., Church of God Theological Seminary, M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Director of EIMI - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus

Dr. theol., Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, M.A., Columbia International University, M.A. in Theology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg Yassir Eric is an outstanding expert on Islam, not

Adjunct Instructor

Leadership Consultant EDUCATION Francisco Marroquin University 1993 – 1996 Business Administration and Political Sciences WORK EXPERIENCE Organization Guatemala Próspera, President 2003–2019 Guatemala

Guitar Instructor

M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina under the instruction of Christopher Berg; B.A. in Guitar Performance, Geneva College

Professor Emeritus

B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Wheaton College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Albert Ellis Institute

Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Gault joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 2012. He teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological

Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture

Dr. Grant joined the CIU faculty in 2001 and continues to teach Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture courses in the Seminary & School of Ministry. Before joining CIU, she served as the Director of

Professor Emeritus of Homiletics

Dr. Hamilton served on the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry from 1982 until his retirement in 2013. He also served as Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program from 2009 until 2013

Dean and Professor of New Testament

Dr. Harvey joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 1991 and taught New Testament and Greek until 2011 when he became dean. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and is an

Adjunct Professor - College of Arts & Sciences, Seminary & School of Ministry

Ph.D., Georgia State University

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Lindsay Hislop joined the faculty of CIU in 1983. He was raised in southern Scotland and southern Ontario, Canada, and now lives in the southern United States.

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology

Dr. Hodges joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1978 and has taught Systematic Theology from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he taught at Toccoa Falls

Teacher Education Program Director, Professor of Education

Dr. Hoekstra enjoys sharing the practical experiences from 16 years of middle school teaching with future teachers. She desires to prepare teachers with a biblical worldview who, by God’s grace, can

Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek

Dr. Howell joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1995 and served as assistant dean until 1998; he has taught New Testament and Greek from 1998 until the present. Before coming

B.A., American University in Beirut; M.A., Near East School of Theology in Beirut; D.Th., University of South Africa

Adjunct Professor of Apologetics

A.B., College of William and Mary; M.Div., Columbia International University; M.A., Columbia International University; Ph.D., London School of Theology

Professor of Counseling

Dr. Johnson moved to Columbia after serving as a director of care and counseling for 17 years. He is currently serving as the president of the board of at the Albert Ellis Institute for cognitive

Adjunct Professor of Education

R.C., Kenneth Shuler’s School of Cosmetology; B.A., W.L. Bonner College; M.A., Columbia International University, M.Ed., Columbia International University

Debby Jones challenges women through solid Bible teaching to grow deeper in their walk with Christ. Whether addressing large audiences or small discipleship groups, her style remains personal and

Ph.D., Trinity International University; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Trevecca Nazarene

Associate Professor of Music Education

B.A. University of South Carolina; M.M. Boston University

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

Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.A., Suffolk University; M.A., Miami University; graduate assistant, Butler County Mental Health Center, 1968-70; intern in psychology, certificate from Wofford Hall, USAF Medical Center, 1971-72

Adjunct Education Faculty

B.Mus., William Tyndale College; M.A., Eastern Michigan University; Ed.D., Nova University

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

Senior Research Fellow and Professor, Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies

Warren Larson joined the Columbia International University faculty in 1996. Previously, he worked among Muslims in Pakistan for twenty-three years (1968-1991). While church planting was the main task

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

Emeritus Professor of Education

Dr. Lindsey feels that God has given her the gift of teaching. She has a passion to help other Christian teachers to learn how to truly integrate God’s principles into their academic subjects. One of

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Hebrew

Dr. Luc joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1982 and has taught Old Testament and Hebrew from that date until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as a school

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

Professor Emeritus of Ministry Care

Dr. McKechnie joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after teaching Psychology in the Bible College from 1992 until 1995; he has taught Ministry Care from 1995 until the present.

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 Andre was born in Washington, DC. He committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1994, received, and accepted God’s call to

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

Professor Emeritus of Bible and New Testament | CIU President, 1991-1999

B.A. Arizona State University; Th.M., Th.D. Dallas Theological Seminary

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.

Adjunct Counseling Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian University; M.A., Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University; M.A.T.S., Reformed Theological Seminary; Psy.D. Rosemead School of Psychology

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

Bible Studies Chair, Professor of New Testament

Biblical Studies Chair, Associate 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

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

Piano Instructor

B.Mus., Bowling Green State University; M.Mus., University of South Carolina

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 Emeritus of Church Ministry

Dr. Powell joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after teaching Family and Church Education in the Bible College from 1981 until 2010; he has taught Church Ministry from 2010 until

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

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

Adjunct Professor of Education

B.A., M.Ed., Columbia International University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

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 Emeritus of Ministry Studies

Dr. Schiffman joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry after serving as director of instructional development for distance education from 1989 until 2006; she has taught Ministry

Adjunct Professor of Education

B.A. Roberts Wesleyan College; M.Ed, Ed.D University of Virginia

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

Emeritus Professor of Education

Dr. Uecker is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the College of Education. He currently serves as a guest lecturer and Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education.

Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A., Wheaton College, M.T.S., Vanderbilt University Tom is a Psychology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has taught at the undergraduate level in a variety of institutions for 30

Professor of Counseling

Dr. Wagner is a professor of clinical mental health counseling in CIU’s Seminary and School of Ministry.

TESOL Practicum and Internship Supervisor, TESOL Adjunct Faculty

Tina (Winchester) Walker joined the CIU Faculty in 2011. Previously, she taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to adult immigrants from all over the world for seventeen years.

Ph.D./Ed.S. Program Director, Professor of Education

Dr. Watson currently serves Columbia International University as a professor in the College of Education. He has served churches, Christian schools, and colleges as pastor, teacher, coach, school

President - European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal Campus

MBA Heriot-Watt University, Scotland; Ph.D. Northcentral University Originally from Northern Germany, Peter spent 30 years working with different organizations in Asia. From the very beginning, he was

Associate Professor and Program Director, Sport Management

Ph.D., Sport Management & Leadership, Concordia University Chicago M.A., Health & Exercise Science, Furman University M.S., Educational Leadership, Bob Jones University B.S., Mathematics Education

Associate Professor of Psychology

Paula K. Whitaker, Ph. D. Associate Professor of Psychology B.A. in Psychology with a Music minor, The University of Tampa (UT) M.A. & Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, The University of South Florida

Professor of Theology

Dr. Xu joined the faculty of CIU's Seminary & School of Ministry in 2014. He teaches Theology and coordinates the Chinese Seminary Studies program. He is an executive director of Chinese Pastors'

Liberal Arts Division Chair, English Program Director, Professor of English

B.A., George Fox University; Certificate in Bible, Columbia International University; M.A.T. in English, The Citadel; Ph.D. in English, University of South Carolina; teacher, Charleston County School