Youth Ministry, Family, & Culture


Why study Youth Ministry, Family & Culture at CIU?

The professors in the Youth Ministry, Family & Culture major at Columbia International University actively work in youth and family ministry themselves. They teach from personal experience, not just from the textbook. They’ll share with you the knowledge and skills needed to reach the next generation and their families for Christ and guide you in understanding how contemporary issues affect family life and culture.

You can specialize your program in one of these areas:

  • Advanced Youth Communication
  • Adventure Education
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Camp and Retreat Ministry
  • Cross-cultural Youth Ministry
  • Family-Based Ministry
  • General Youth Ministry

Your Next Step

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.



Consider the impact you can make on young people and families as you fulfill your passion in one of these positions:

  • Youth/Student Ministry Pastor or Director
  • Children's Pastor/Director
  • College Pastor/Director
  • International Youth Worker/Missionary
  • Para-Church Youth Worker (Young Life, Youth for Christ, FCA)
  • Camp/Retreat Director or Program Director
  • Staff at Residential Programs for At-Risk Youth
  • Military Base Youth Worker/Minister
  • Youth Ministry Curriculum Developer
  • Director of a Youth-Focused Nonprofit Organization
  • Inner City or Urban Youth Worker
  • Wilderness Field Instructor
  • Wilderness Program Director
  • Itinerant Youth Speaker
  • or preparation for graduate school
Featured Faculty: 
Photo of Karen Grant, CIU Professor of Youth Ministry, Family & Culture Karen Grant
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family and Culture
B.A., California State University, Chico; M.A., California State University, Stanislaus; M.A., Moody Bible Institute; Bible Certificate, D.Min., Columbia International University

Dr. Karen Grant joined the CIU faculty in 2001 and continues to teach Youth Ministry, Family, and...Read More...

A photo of David Olshine, professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture at CIU. David Olshine
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
B.G.S., Ohio University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; D.Min., The Eastern Baptist Seminary 
Sam Rubinson, CIU professor Sam Rubinson
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
B.S., Valley Forge Christian College; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary