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B.S., Philadelphia Biblical University, M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. (Systematic Theology), Westminster Theological Seminary
B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A., M.Div.,Liberty University; Ph.D., University of Wales-Trinity Saint David; Ph.D., University of Pretoria
Ed Smither joined the CIU faculty in 2012. Prior to that, he taught intercultural studies and church history at Liberty University for six years. Ed previously served for fourteen years in intercultural ministry working primarily among Muslims in France, North Africa, and the USA.
Ed earned a PhD in Historical Theology from the University of Wales (UK) and a PhD in Intercultural Studies from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). In addition to a number of scholarly and practical articles, he has written two books, Augustine as Mentor: A Model for Preparing Spiritual Leaders and Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World, and translated François Decret's Early Christianity in North Africa from French. Currently, Ed is working on two forthcoming books, Mission in the Early Church and Rethinking Constantine.
As a teacher, Ed loves coming alongside students and helping them discover their place in the mission of God. While he believes that the classroom is a passionate environment for mentoring for mission, he also enjoys meeting students for coffee and meals and serving together in ministry projects and short-term mission trips.
Since 1999, Ed has been married to Shawn and together they parent Brennan, Emma, and Eve whom they refer to as “three amazing, hilarious, wild kids.” As a family, they enjoy hiking, watching movies, and discovering new lighthouses at the North Carolina Outer Banks. Ed is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and the Smithers currently worship at Gateway Baptist Church in Irmo. In terms of hobbies, Ed enjoys road biking, coaching youth soccer, drinking bold coffee, and listening to bands in the genre of Switchfoot and U2.
B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University); B.S., Calvin College; M.A., Glassboro State College (now Rowan University); Ed.D., Liberty University
Kevin D. Washburn, (Ed.D.), is Executive Director of Clerestory Learning, an organization serving schools and learning communities for instructional excellence by equipping teachers through programs and services that offer effective instructional solutions based on educational implications from diverse
scientific research fields, including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and brain development. He is also Owner/Co-Founder of Make Way for Books, an online children’s bookseller dedicated to being a reliable source of quality literature that fosters a love of reading.
With degrees in Elementary Education and English, Dr. Washburn enjoyed 20+ years in education as a classroom teacher, substitute teacher, remedial reading teacher, school administrator, and Assistant Curriculum Director for an international educational publisher. While serving as a school’s Director of
Curriculum & Professional Development, Dr. Washburn led the development of an elementary science curriculum, now published by an international educational publisher, and the development of an instructional reading program and its professional development components, now used in dozens of
schools across the U.S. and Canada and being implemented by new schools each year.
Dr. Washburn earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and has since created the Architecture of Learning instructional design model and its professional development courses, authored the book, The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain, and created the Writer’s Stylus
instructional writing program and its professional development course. He enjoys traveling and developing relationships with fellow educators as a professional development instructor, conference workshop leader, keynote speaker, graduate professor, and as an educational consultant. He has extensively researched and synthesized various topics—creativity, critical thinking, instructional design, neuroscience, and writing—believing they can profoundly influence the quality of education.
Titles of his previous presentations include: The Thinking/Creating Mind: Engaging the Mind to Deepen Learning; Transforming Substance Into Significance: Teaching Writing in the Texting Age; Designing Teaching & Constructing Learning: Instructional Design for the Learning Brain; Getting to the Core: Letting Learning Influence Teaching; To the Depths: Teaching to Spark Creativity & Ignite Learning; Educating in the Midst of a Revolution; Coaching: Teaching’s New (or Coming) Metaphor; Equipping, Building, Creating, and Maintaining: Pursuing Wisdom in Our Schools & Classrooms; and Reframing Teaching to Target Thinking. Dr. Washburn remains an active member of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society, Learning & the Brain Society, and is a contributor to The SmartBlogs: Education Blog, The Edurati Review, and The Ecology of Education, along with maintaining his own Clerestory Learning Blog, The Window.
Believing “there may be nothing more powerful you can give another person than your belief in his potential,” Dr. Washburn’s teaching and learning credentials now include certified running coach. He enjoys marathon training, a good cup of chai, spending time with his lovely wife Julia, and provoking an
occasional melodic outburst from their miniature dachshund Ernest. He lives and works in Alabama.
B.A. Roberts Wesleyan College; M.Ed, Ed.D University of Virginia
Dr. Schultz has been involved in education for the past 45 years. He currently serves as an associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and Headmaster of Sherwood Christian Academy. Dr. Schultz is also co-founder and co-director of the Kingdom School Institute. He has teamed up with Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of Prestonwood Christian Academy, in conducting this Institute for the past 11 years. Prior to coming to Sherwood in 2005, he served as a public school chemistry teacher, a Christian school science teacher, high school principal and superintendent. He also served as the Southeast Director for the Association of Christian Schools International and as director of Christian school resources at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is the author of the booklet A Parent’s Greatest Joy and the book Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Education Future Generations. He is married with three children and 6 grandchildren. His children attended biblically-based schools from Kindergarten at 4 years old through college. His grandchildren are also being educated through biblically-based programs.
B.A., M.Ed., Columbia International University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Dr. Stephen Reel has served as the superintendent of Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, SC since 2004. He previously served for sixteen years at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC, as Bible teacher, Admissions Director, Elementary Principal, and Associate Headmaster. From 1980-1988, Dr. Reel served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Infantry Sergeant, tactics instructor, marksmanship instructor, and competition shooter.
Dr. Reel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Columbia Bible College, a Master of Education in educational administration from Columbia International University, and an Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.
B.S., Charleston Southern University; M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Dr. Brenda Richards has lived in South Carolina for most of her life but considers the world her home! Dr. Richards has traveled extensively to explore God’s world and to help share His Word throughout the nations. After a 29 year teaching career mostly in public schools in South Carolina, God led her to pursue her Ph.D. He is now challenging her with new assignments – sometimes at CIU helping education students shape their teaching abilities and sometimes overseas in a variety of different education and mission roles.
Dr. Richards and her daughter are also in the process of writing children’s books about Bellman Bear! He is a traveling bear who teaches children about the world beyond where they live. He is a constant companion of Dr. Richards and brings smiles to faces all over the world.