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Stephen Beck

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B.S., Philadelphia Biblical University, M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. (Systematic Theology), Westminster Theological Seminary

Kevin Washburn

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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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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.

Brenda Richards

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Adjunct Education Faculty
Adjunct Education Faculty

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.

Debby Jones

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Co-authored by Debby Jones and Jackie Kendall, "Lady in Waiting" leads women to develop a proper relationship with Christ, the lover of their heart, and allow Him to direct the rest of their love relationships. Debby is the wife of Dr. Bill Jones.

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Debby Jones challenges women through solid Bible teaching to grow deeper in their walk with Christ. Whether addressing large audiences or small discipleship groups, her style remains personal and practical. Debby has a masters degree in Educational Ministries and co-authored the best-selling book Lady in Waiting, highlighting 10 qualities of a godly woman. The book has been published in 10 languages.

  • Christian Growth (daily personal devotional time, identity in Christ, friendship evangelism, small group discipleship)
  • Godly Character/Virtue (living by convictions, purity, security, faith)
  • Christlike Living in High School & College
  • Christlike Living at College
  • Godly Motherhood
  • Mother-Daughter Relationships
  • 10 Qualities of a Godly Woman from the book of Ruth
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Ollie Gibbs

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Adjunct Education Faculty
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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.

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John L. Cooley

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Adjunct Education Faculty
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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.

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Gordon Brown

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Dr. Gordon Brown
Adjunct Education Faculty
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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.

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Sharon Berry

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B.S.E., University of Arkansas; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., Gallaudet University

Sharon R. Berry, PhD, is a well-known speaker and author with more than 300 products to her credit. She has worked in public and Christian schools for over 30 years as a special education teacher and administrator. She was director of curriculum for ACSI for several years and now serves as vice-president of Christian Academic Publications and Services in Birmingham, Alabama and is the founder and director of Deaf Online University.

Her B.A. is from the University of Arkansas, her M.A. is from Old Dominion University, and she is the first person to receive a Ph.D. from Gallaudet University. Dr. Berry is the daughter of deaf parents and is an experienced teacher of the Deaf, a former Principal of the Virginia School for the Deaf at Hampton. She is a prolific writer of curriculum for Christian Academic Publications & Services and has several curriculum series published by Lifeway. She has held numerous positions as consultant, speaker, and adjunct faculty. Her research interests are: current implications of brain research, Special education, child development and discipline.She serves on various boards, including NILD, Christian Deaf Fellowship, ME Foundation and Riverside Foundation.

Dr. Berry is married to a retired pastor and has two daughters. She is involved with deaf ministries and enjoys reading and writing, gardening, music, and her grandchildren.

B.S.E., University of Arkansas; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D. Gallaudet University. Teacher, Arkansas School for the Deaf, 1965-69; special education teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools, 1969-1974; special education teacher, Virginia Beach Public Schools, 1974-77; adjunct professor in special education at three universities, 1973-present; principal, Virginia School in Hampton, 1979-83; teacher, curriculum coordinator, director of special education, Lynchburg Christian Academy, 1983-84; director, Shades Mountain Christian Schools, 1984-94; director of curriculum, Association of Christian Schools International, 1989-1996; founder and vice president, Christian Academic Publications & Services, 1996-present; founder and director, Deaf Online University, 2002-present

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Thomas Barbian

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Adjunct Counseling Professor
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B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University; Ph.D., Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology

Dr. Barbian received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology in Los Angeles. He holds a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, and a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies. He has had extensive counseling experience in private practice as well as in a church setting. He was Co-Director of Associated Christian Therapy Services in California and has been actively involved in church leadership for many years. He has been Director of the Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia since its founding in 1997.

Dr. Barbian has received specialized training in addictions, marriage counseling, anxiety disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, child therapy, Critical Incident-Stress Debriefing, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He holds certifications in South Carolina (Licensed Professional Counselor, License No. 2665; Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor License No. 3823) and California (Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor Lic. MFC No. 27025) and is a Licensed Minister with Harvest Community Church, Southern Baptist.

Married for over thirty years, Dr. Barbian and his wife Corrine have five children.

B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University; Ph.D., Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology; staff member, Church of the Living Christ, 1982-89; MFCC intern, private practice, 1986-89; marriage, family and child counselor, Antelope Valley Christian Counseling Center, 1989-91; director, Care Options, 1994-97; professional advisor, CHADD, 1991-97; assistant professor, Chapman University, 1996; clinical director, part-owner, Associated Christian Therapy Services, 1991-97; executive director, Christian Counseling Center, First Presbyterian Church, 1997-present; adjunct faculty, Columbia International University, Graduate School Division, 1997-2010; adjunct faculty, Columbia International University, College of Counseling, 2010-present; SC Licensed Professional Counselor; SC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor.

 

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