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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.
B.S., Columbia International University; M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Candidate, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
R.C., Kenneth Shuler’s School of Cosmetology; B.A., W.L. Bonner College; M.A., Columbia International University, M.Ed., Columbia International University
Peggie is a native of Saluda, South Carolina and member of the graduating class of 1970 at Riverside High School. She is the wife of Richard S. Johnson, Jr. and will celebrate 43 years of marriage in August of this year. She is the First Lady of Cathedral of Faith Ministries in Irmo, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C., and serves as Director of Women’s Ministries, Sunday school teacher, Supervisor of Children’s Ministry, and in any other capacity as needed. Peggie and Richard are the parents of three sons: Richard LaMonte, Michael Ryan, and Joshua Johnson. They have two daughters-in-love: LaTanya and Nina Johnson, and five wonderful grandchildren: Richard Grant, Daniel Allen, Samuel Ryan, Nia Amarie, and Kendall Ashlyn.
Peggie came to CIU as a Seminary student in 2001. Choosing CIU was easy after reading the online love story of R.C. McQuilkin as he cared for his ailing wife. After graduation in May 2003, Dr. Rick Higgins recommend her for employment in the Field Education Department, where she became a Field Education Supervisor in August 2003. That November, she became the Director of Bible Clubs and held that position until May of 2009 when the department officially closed. In this position, she directed and supervised as many as 13 Bible Clubs per semester and instructed team leaders, teachers and mentors in cross-cultural Bible teaching and evangelism of children and youth at the Columbia, West Columbia, Cayce, and Hopkins sites. She was assisted at these sites by assistants Andre Melvin and later Brooks Heard and numerous CIU student workers.
In 2007, she was asked by Steve Auld to travel to Belize, Central America with CIU students, where God enlarged her heart and passion for ministry to children in other countries. She continues to lead CIU students to Belize each year during Spring Break. The trip to Belize also opened doors for Peggie and her husband Richard to lead small groups from their church to the village of Barancco, where they have adopted the Primary School in assistance with the school lunch program and other areas of needs in the school.
In August 2009, Peggie became the Director of Bible Field Experience in the College of Education under the leadership of Milt Uecker and continued to instruct and lead students in cross-cultural ministry to children and youth in their communities through EDU 2420. She has been a guest lecturer in many education classes on teaching African American children and Children of Poverty. In 2010 she became a Bible instructor at the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution and now teaches courses in the Prison Initiative Associates of Art degree at Camille. After representing the College of Education at Francis Marion University’s Children of Poverty Fall Workshop in 2010, she was invited to become a member of the Add-On Certification for Teachers of Children of Poverty task force, which passed SC state legislation in 2012.
Peggie is passionate about children in poverty and suffering children everywhere, and has many irons in the fire to meet those needs in America, Belize, West Africa, and South Africa. Her other passions include loving and seeking God’s will, spending time with her awesome grandchildren, praying, evangelism, sewing, reading, learning and sharing dynamics of diverse cultures, especially African American.
Riverside Middle School 1980-1983; Registered Cosmetologist, 1984-1994; Church planting in North America – 1977-2001; Academic/Peer Mentor, Computer Monitor/Tutor, Midlands Technical College, 1999-2003; Director of Bible Clubs, Director of Bible Field Experience, Columbia International University, 2003-2013.
B.A., Bob Jones University; M.Div., Grand Rapids Seminary; M.A., Grace Theological Seminary; Ed.D., University of Georgia
Teacher and middle school principal, Salem Academy, 1972-78; faculty and Education Department chair, Western Baptist College, 1978-82; Southeast Regional Director, Association of Christian Schools International, 1982-86; vice-president, Association of Christian Schools International, 1989-1996; Headmaster, Lexington Christian Academy, 1996-present; vice-president, Christian Academic Publications and Services, 1996-present.
B.A., Tennessee Temple University; M.R.E., Temple Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Baptist Christian University; J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law
Christian school administrator for over 10 years; adjunct professor, Philadelphia Biblical University, Partner, Firm President for WootenHart, PLC.
B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida
Dr. Mark McCann was born in Georgia and has spent his life in the Southeast. Mark joined CIU in 2004 after 20 years of ministry in Central Florida. Married in 1984, Mark and his wife Sharry feel their greatest blessings involve time together with their three children Erin, Meredith, and Kayla. Mark greatly appreciates church, school, and community ministry...thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord at CIU. His desire is for undergraduate and graduate students to develop and refine a heart for ministry as future teachers and educational leaders who will serve the Lord with academic excellence and spiritual acuity.
B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida; teacher, Osceola County Public Schools, 1986-1989; teacher, dean, assistant principal, elementary principal, admissions director, director of school improvement, The First Academy, 1989-2004; elder, New Hope Bible Church, 1993-2004; co-founder and president, Hydrocephalus Family Support Group, 1996-1998; resident faculty, M.A.T. program director, Columbia International University, 2004-present.
B.A., University of Florida; M.Ed., Columbia International University; M.S., Walden University; Ed.D., Argosy University
Dr. Kim Chappell is currently serving as an adjunct professor at Columbia International University. She served as a resident faculty member from 2010-2012. She has been a teacher since 1988 and a teacher of teachers since 2005. Dr. Chappell taught 14 years in grades 1 through 8 in public schools across five states. In 2005, she moved to her "dream job," teaching in Christian higher education. Dr. Chappell desires to serve the Lord through developing Christian teachers to strive for excellence in education for the glory of Jesus. She and her husband, Mike, have two adult sons, Justin and Brandon.
Teacher, Kendrick Elementary, 1988-89; Teacher, Peebles Elementary, 1989-90; Teacher, Prairie View Elementary, 1990-91; Teacher, Kelley Smith Elementary, 1993-94; Teacher, Novak-King Middle School, 1994-96; Teacher, Douglas Byrd Middle School, 1996-97; Freelance Editor, Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley, 1997-99; Teacher, Novak-King Middle School, 1997-99; Teacher, El Dorado Middle School, 1999-03; Adjunct Professor, Columbia International University, 2004-05; Assistant professor of Education, Crown College, 2005-2010; Resident Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Columbia International University, 2010-present; Associate Professor of Education, Grace University, 2012-present.
B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Wheaton Graduate School; M.Div., Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., Michigan State University
Dr. Ferris served on the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry from 1989 until his retirement in 2007. He also served CIU as Associate Provost from 2004 until 2007. Before coming to Columbia, he served with SEND in the Philippines, where he taught at FEBIAS College of the Bible and served as dean of Asian Theological Seminary in Manila. His books include Establishing Ministry Training and Renewal in Theological Education. In retirement, he serves as Senior Associate with Global Associates for Transformational Education (GATE).
B.A., Wheaton College; M.A.T., Rollins College; Ed.D., University of Miami
Gordon Brown currently serves as an adjunct professor at CIU. Prior to becoming a visiting professor, he served as the director of the Doctor of Education program and resident faculty member from 2003 to 2010. He previously served as faculty member and Provost of Simpson College from 1989 to 2003. He brings thirty years of Christian school and college administration experience to his instructional supervision and leadership courses. Dr. Brown has authored a book on supervision of instruction for Christian schools.
B.A., Wheaton College; M.A.T., Rollins College; Ed.D., University of Miami; headmaster, Asheville Christian Academy, 1974-77, 84-89; principal, Miami Christian School, 1970-74, 77-84; provost, associate professor of education, Simpson College, 1989-2003; director of the Doctor of Education program, visiting professor, Columbia International University, 2003-present.