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Karen Close

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Karen Close, Director of Christian Service Learning at CIU
Director of Christian Service Learning
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(803) 807-5465

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

Karen grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She dropped out of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas to marry Jack Close, who was a Doctoral student at the University of Texas, a Canadian, and widower with a son, Allen. Jack and Karen moved to South Carolina after serving in ministry for over 30 years with Western Christian high school and college in Canada. While in Canada she was heavily involved in church and community volunteer activities. Karen is passionate about the church and helping to make it a safe place for people to receive help and spiritual guidance. In addition to her role at CIU, she serves as a counselor, with an emphasis in family systems, at the Lexington Church of Christ where she also teaches ladies Bible classes and marriage and family classes. She says that her most meaningful accomplishment is her long marriage to the love of her life, her 3 married children and 8 grandchildren.

B.A. (Ministry) Western Christian College, Canada; M.A. & M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; D. Min, Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA ; 2004-2007 Adjunct Professor , Western Christian College, Canada; 2007 - present, Board of Directors, Western Christian College, Canada; 2004-present, Counselor, Lexington Church of Christ.

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Chris Essig

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

Chris Essig has been teaching guitar for over nine years and enjoys teaching and performing in the Columbia area. Mr. Essig has given recitals at the University of South Carolina (USC), the Columbia Guitar Society, Geneva College, Columbia International University (CIU), and various weddings and events. Mr. Essig specializes in classical guitar and contemporary/traditional worship styles. His philosophy in teaching the guitar is to help students reach an in-depth understanding of the blessing and power of music through the study of guitar technique, music theory, interpretation, repertoire, and musicianship.

M.M. in guitar performance from the University of South Carolina (USC) under the instruction of Christopher Berg; B.A. in Guitar Performance from Geneva College. Guitar teacher, Carolina Music Academy (2004-present); adjunct faculty guitarist, Columbia International University (2007-present); guitar teacher, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (2004-present); Worship Coordinator, Columbia Crossroads Northeast Church (2008-present); Worship Leader New Kirk Presbyterian church (2004-2008).

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Alison Branham

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

Lee Branham performs extensively around the Columbia area, and has in the past, performed international opera and oratorio through the University of South Carolina. She actively works to keep her students performing at the standards of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and she looks forward to introducing new vocal programming at CIU in the future. Outside of her singing career, she raises a family, participates extensively in her church choir and other local choir programs, enjoys reading, composing children's songs, and volunteers her musical abilities at nursing homes in the community.

B. M. in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music, Columbia College; M. M. in Vocal and Opera Performance, University of South Carolina. Mrs. Branham is in the process of pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education from Columbia International University; private studio teacher and music faculty: Riverland Hills Music Academy, 2005-2008; Carolina Music Academy, 2006-2007; private studio teacher, 1996-present; Adjunct Professor in voice, Columbia International University, 2008-present.

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Alena Pagal

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

Alena Pagal has served as Visiting Guest Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy, Community Music Program coordinator, and Group Piano area coordinator at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is involved in the Columbia music community as an MTNA member. She is a piano instructor for the Music Ministry studios of Riverland Hills Baptist church and has helped to adjudicate events for various local music organizations. Ms. Pagal is active as a collaborative pianist for various local school district events. She also serves as staff accompanist, applied piano area coordinator, and group piano instructor for USC Aiken. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Ms. Pagal currently teaches at the University of South Carolina, Columbia and Aiken Campuses, and at Columbia International University. Ms. Pagal is active in the community as a teacher, collaborative pianist, and adjudicator.

B. M. in Piano Performance, with emphasis in literature, collaborative piano, and piano pedagogy, Bowling Green State University (OH); M. M. in Piano Pedagogy, University of South Carolina; 2002 recipient of the Helen Lakofsky Piano Scholarship; 2003 collaborative pianist recipient of Marjorie Conrad Peatee Artsong Competition; 2004 recipient of C. Elizabeth Cobb Memorial Scholarship for collaborative piano.

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Carrie Caudill

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Carrie Caudill, Psychology Professor at CIU
Psychology Professor
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(803) 807-5123

B.S. Columbia International University; Ed.S. University of South Carolina; Albert Ellis Institute; South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor, 2007-present; Ph.D. University of South Carolina

Mrs. Caudill brings a family systems approach to Christian psychology in her teaching. Her heart's desire is to allow Christ to offer complete wholeness and healing to hurting people. In addition to teaching, she counsels at a local Christian private practice. Mrs. Caudill and her husband also facilitate a young adults group committed to seeking God.  The following are her research interests: strengthening Christian marriages, marital satisfaction and the role of gender and employment status, the effect of trauma on childhood development, personality traits and college success, and college student mental health.

B.A., Psychology and Biblical Studies Columbia International University; ED.S., Marriage and Family Counseling, University of South Carolina; doctoral candidate - University of South Carolina in Counselor Education and Supervision, 2009-present; Licensed Professional Counselor, Associate Counselor, Palmetto Counseling Associates, 2005-present; Family Counselor at the Addictions and Recovery Center, Richland Springs, 2006-2007.

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Stephanie Bryant

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Director of Career Services
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(803) 807-5076

University of South Carolina passed EEE; B.S., Southern Wesleyan University; M.Ed., Columbia International University; Level 1 training, National Institute of Learning Disabilities (NILD)

Mrs. Stephanie Bryant started working at CIU in 1994 and has a passion for helping students succeed.  As the director of Career Services, she has developed a career center that offers valuable resources to both students and employers.  Stephanie takes a proactive approach to problem solving and has the know-how to provide professional career services to achieve students' goals and objectives as they transition into and out of college.

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree in the Management of Human Resources from Southern Wesleyan University and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from CIU and is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF).  She has extensive experience in career-oriented learning and employment trends and is available for individual career counseling and classroom or group career planning presentations for students.

Stephanie also serves as an adjunct professor, currently teaching the undergrad College Study Skills course and Visual Arts for the College of Education.  Prior to coming to CIU, she was an elementary art teacher in Christian schools for several years.

Stephanie is married to Bobby Bryant (former Minnesota Viking professional football player) and has two sons.  One son is a professional soccer player and they enjoy going to his games.

University of South Carolina; B.S., Southern Wesleyan University; M.Ed., Columbia International University; Level 1 training, National Institute of Learning Disabilities (NILD); Certified GCDF (Global Career Development Facilitator); Field Education staff (1994-2004); Elementary Teaching Field Education Supervisor (1996-2004); Adjunct Faculty (1994-present); Career Services (2004-present).

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Corrine Barbian

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Psychology Professor
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B.S., Chapman University; M.A., California Family Study Center

Mrs. Barbian serves as an adjunct professor in the Psychology program. She supervises the student practicum program. She is an excellent speaker and counselor. She is currently practicing at Lake Murray Counseling Center.

B.S., Chapman University; M.A., California Family Study Center. Counselor in clinical and private practice in California 1994-1998; Private practice in South Carolina, 2000-present; CISM Debriefing Team member, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, 2001-present. 2002

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Ken Rife

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Ken Rife, Communication/Digital Media Production Professor at CIU
Communication/Digital Media Production Professor
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A.A., Southwest Virginia Community College; B.A. Radford University; M.A., Regent University

Ken brings a unique blend of academic training in film along with over 20 years of film-making experience specifically within ministry settings. He served with the media operation of Campus Crusade for Christ, and most recently directed a media production ministry called Starshell Media Ministries. He is excited about mentoring the next generation of videographers to "communicate Christ creatively."

A.A., Southwest Virginia Community College; B.A. Radford University; M.A., Regent University, Virginia. Media staff with CCCI, 1980-1999; Starshell Media, 2000-present. 2007

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Glenn Gentry

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Humanities Program Director
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B.S., Multnomah Bible College; M.A., Ph.D., Baylor University

Espousing a life of faith and praxis, Glenn Gentry professes philosophy not merely as a profession, but also as a means of investing in the body of Christ and the Kingdom of God. As a four-year missionary in Botswana, Africa and a loving husband and father, Glenn believes that to serve Christ well in life requires the ability to engage with the world judiciously. To this end, he strives to invest in the lives of his students by teaching critical thinking skills and rival conceptions of life. In substance, Glenn believes that grace is that gift and paradox through which the richer reality of God's love is known and made known. By grace we are saved, and by grace we develop into a richer and fuller communion with God and humanity.

B.S., Multnomah Bible College; M.A., Ph.D., Baylor University, Texas. Missionary with African Evangelical Fellowship in Botswana, 1988-1992; instructor in philosophy, McLennan Comm. College, 2002-2004; fellowship at Baylor University, 2003-2005; local church ministry, Halfway, Ore., 1993-1998; 2005

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Roy M. King

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Professor of Ministry Studies
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B.S., East Tennessee State University; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min, Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Oxford Graduate School 
 

 

Dr. King joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 1997 and taught Pastoral Theology until 2003; he then served as director of Alumni Ministries until 2012 when he rejoined the Seminary & School of Ministry faculty; he has taught Ministry Studies from 2012 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as a youth pastor, associate staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, director of the Ben Lippen Conference Center, assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Center, and pastor of two congregations in North Carolina. He is an ordained minister in the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

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