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Debbie Moore

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A photo of Debbie Moore, Master of Education Program Director.
M.Ed. Program Director
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(803)807-5312

B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ed.D., Columbia International University

Debbie Moore serves in the College of Education as the program director for the Master of Education program.  In the last 27 years, she has held various positions within Christian education as teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, and dean.  Her passion is to work with Christian educators to enhance their classroom skills that use biblical integration so as to increase the awareness of teaching with intentionality to develop spiritual formation in students. Originally from Pennsylvania, Debbie met her husband, David, at college and they have since lived in North Carolina and Georgia.  They have two adult children, Lindsay and Erica. She loves spending time with her family, reading, walking, and drinking coffee. 

Teacher, Trinity Christian School, 1986-1990; Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Neuse Christian Academy, 1990-2000; Dean, Principal, Gaston Christian School, 2000-2003; Teacher, Northside Christian School, 2003-04; Dean, Adjunct Faculty, Toccoa Falls College, 2004-2013; Professor, M.Ed. Program Director, Columbia International University, present.

 

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Brian Simmons

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Ed.D./Ed.S. Program Director
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B.A. Cornerstone University; B.S. Calvin College; M.S. Indiana University South Bend; Ed.D. Ball State University; Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Indiana School of Philanthropy.

Dr. Brian Simmons is a professor in the College of Education and Director of the Ed.D. and Ed.S. programs. He is a lifetime educator and has served as a teacher, Superintendent of two Christian schools, university Vice President, adjunct professor and association President.  Dr. Simmons' life mission states, "Brian Simmons exists as a visionary builder to further the kingdom of God through education, teaching and influencing others."  His primary goal in life is to be a faithful steward of all the Master has entrusted to his care.  He and his wife, Bonnie have four adult children: Jared, Drew, Lindi and Aubrey.  Jared is married to Mary Claire, and Drew is married to Stefanie.

Mathematics teacher, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1982-1989; Superintendent, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1989-1996; Superintendent, Heritage Christian School (Indianapolis), 1996-2005; Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2000-present; Vice President for University Relations, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2006-2009; President, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), 2009-2013, Resident Faculty and Ed.D/Ed.S. Program Director, Columbia International University, 2013-present.

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Phyllis Kilbourn

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Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn
Adjunct Education Faculty

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

Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn is the founder of Rainbows of Hope and Crisis Care Training International, both global ministries of WEC International to children in crisis. She is a child advocate, trauma trainer, and author/editor of a number of handbooks focused on interviews for children in crisis, and has served in Liberia and Kenya with WEC International. She holds a Ph.D. in education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL., a MA in Christian education from Asbury Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene. Dr. Kilbourn has taught crisis care training seminars and/or conducted research in many countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Truly she is one of the most respected pioneers of the children-in-crisis movement.

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Vernard Gant

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Adjunct Education Faculty

D.Min.,Trinity Evangelical University; M.A. Religious Education, Birmingham Theological Seminary; B.S. Biblical Education, Columbia Bible College/CIU

Dr. Vernard Gant is the director of Urban School Services with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). In this position, Dr. Gant is responsible for overseeing over 400 Christian schools throughout the nation that target and serve minority, under-resourced, and urban children. Dr. Gant has been with ACSI for 13 years.

Prior to joining ACSI, Dr. Gant:

  • Started and ran a scholarship program to enable moderate and low income children to attend private schools
  • Started two Christian schools targeting and serving low-income children in Birmingham, AL.
  • Ran a summer camp for inner-city children
  • Served in the children’s ministry in his local church.

Dr. Gant has also served as both a college and seminary professor where he developed a master’s degree program for pastors and ministers. He currently serves:

  • On the executive board of the Black Alliance for Educational Options
  • On the board of the Alliance for Choice in Education
  • The Life Skills Center (An alternative school for at-risk students)
  • Chairs the Colorado State Advisory Committee for the US Commission on Civil Rights
  • On the board of the American Center for School Choice and serves as Vice chair of the Faith Base Commission for the American Center for School Choice
  • As an adjunct professor with Columbia International University

Dr. Gant awards include:

  • Twice recipient of the Outstanding Young Religious Leader Award presented by the Inner City Jaycees of Birming­ham, AL.
  • Received the Outstanding Young Religious Leader Award presented by the Ala­bama Jaycees.
  • Named “Birminghamian of the Year” by Birmingham Magazine, a publication of the Birming­ham Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Recipient of the Jefferson Award presented by the American Institute for Public Service in Washington, DC.
  • Recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award presented by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Dr. Gant and his family reside in Colorado Springs, CO. where he is now observing his 35th year of doing urban ministry.

 

Mark Eckel

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Adjunct Education Faculty

Ph.D. Leadership, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; B.R.E. Pre-Seminary, Baptist Bible College; Th.M. Old Testament, Grace Theological Seminary

Dr. Mark Eckel is Professor of Leadership, Education, and Discipleship for Capital Bible Seminary.  Indianapolis, Indiana is his home. For 30 years Mark has served the Christian education community as a high school teacher, college professor, and international speaker. Mark’s responsibilities have included daily instruction, curriculum development, mentoring teachers, and conference speaking on Christian education issues in hundreds of venues.In 1995 Cedarville University selected Mark as the Delta Chi Teacher of the Year.  In 2010 Lenawee Christian School honored Mark with its Heart for Leadership Award.

Mark’s original curricula Let God Be God: The Nature and Characteristics of God and Timeless Truth: An Apologetic for the Reliability, Authenticity, and Authority of Scripture have served the Christian school movement around the world. In 2006 Mark consulted with Chuck Colson to produce a curriculum for high school students called Rewired. Since then he has produced both online and print curricula for various ministries. Mark’s book The Whole Truth: Classroom Strategies for Biblical Integration has helped thousands of Christian school teachers practice biblical integration in their classrooms. While in the Educational Ministries Department at Moody Bible Institute, Mark developed and wrote the course “Faith and Learning” instituted in 2004.  In 2011 Dr. Eckel designed the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IDS) for Crossroads Bible College. 

Intégrité has recently published four of Mark’s scholarly journal articles: one on faculty evaluation in higher education, another on adult learning, a third about Hebrew ideals of education, and the most recent on the impetus death provides for learning. Mark has also contributed a chapter to Four Perspectives on Your Child’s Education (Broadman & Holman, 2009).In the summer of 2010 Dr. Eckel presented two papers.At the C.S. Lewis Conference at Taylor University Mark delivered a paper entitled, “Devils in My Heart: Chesterton’s View of Human Nature through Father Brown.”At the International Institute for Christian Studies Dr. Eckel spoke on “And the Nations Will Say:  Apologetic Testimony from an Unlikely Source.” Summer and Fall of 2011 Mark spoke at Indiana Wesleyan University’s “Faith in the Science Classroom,” Biblical Leadership at Columbia International University, two courses for the M.A., Ph.D. programs at Lancaster Bible College/Graduate School on theological foundations, and day long Christian school events in Arizona and Colorado.  In the summer of 2011 Mark’s children–Tyler and Chelsea–helped their dad write three, 4,000 word essays on Stephen Crane, Jane Austen, and the Romantic poets. Mark writes book and movie reviews, essays, and audio-blogs for Moody Radio. He is continuing work on a Christian critique of Gothic horror novels such as Frankenstein.

Providence Center for Urban Leadership Development (PCULD) in Denver, CO has asked Mark to be scholar-in-residence for the 2012-13 fellowship year.  Dr. Eckel will coordinate curriculum and teach in the program dedicated to developing Christian city leaders.

Dr. Eckel is a featured speaker and writer on faith-learning integration, worldview, culture, film critique, apologetics, education, curriculum development, instructional methodologies, and Christian school philosophy.Mark is an ordained minister with a Th.M. in Old Testament and a Ph.D. in Leadership.

Mark’s wife Robin is a second grade Christian school teacher. They have two grown children: Tyler and Chelsea.

Besides family and friends, NFL football, Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee, Syracuse Lacrosse, books, movies, and maple sugar candy (among many good things in God’s creation) bring a smile to Mark’s face.

 

Lynn Hoekstra

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Photo of Lynn Hoekstra, CIU Education Professor
Teacher Education Program Director, Education Professor
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B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University

Lynn was born and raised on her family’s farm in Illinois. After marrying her childhood sweetheart, Jack, she worked with young people teaching music and as a volunteer at church and the local Christian school before entering college to prepare for a teaching career. She 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 then inspire and encourage their own students. When Lynn is not teaching, she enjoys reading, biking, and taking long walks with Jack and their dog, Cappuccino. 

B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University; teacher, Hudsonville Christian School, 1993-2004; teacher, Ontario Christian School, 2004-2009; instructor and director of Academic Support, Providence Christian College, 2008-2012; resident faculty, Columbia International University, 2012-present.

Kevin Washburn

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Kevin Washburn
Adjunct Education Faculty

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.

Glen Schultz

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Glen Schultz
Adjunct Education Faculty

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.

Stephen Reel

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Stephen Reel
Adjunct Education Faculty

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.

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