B.A., Montreat College; M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Cathy Warn, MA, LPCS, LMFTS, is the Director of Training and Internship. Cathy’s primary responsibilities focus on planning and directing all program orientation and training for students enrolled in the College of Counseling as it relates to professional skills, identity, and ethics, as well as the development and maintenance of College of Counseling internship policy, procedures, and sites. Cathy holds South Carolina State credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor and licensed supervisor, as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and licensed supervisor. In addition to her work at CIU, she is in private practice part time. She has experience in grief and loss, parenting, adolescent and young adult issues, aging issues, relationship concerns, growth and spiritual development, divorce recovery, pre-marital, marital and family therapy, and clinical supervision and consultation. Cathy is a clinical member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, South Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, and South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors. She also holds membership in two National College Scholarship Honor Societies, Alpha Chi and Psi Chi. She has presented at Alpha Chi’s national and regional conventions. Cathy was born and raised in Orange County, California and is the youngest of seven children. Cathy and her husband, Randy, of over 35 years are blessed with two daughters, one son, and one granddaughter. They enjoy active membership in their church. Both Cathy and her husband have been involved with various ministries including teaching Sunday school, youth ministry, spiritual retreats, and small group leadership. In addition to spending time with her family, Cathy enjoys riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, reading, traveling, and watching sunsets.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: B.A. (Bible & Religion), Montreat College; M.A. (Christian Counseling), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Counseling Program Administrator, Columbia International University, Graduate School Division 2003-2007; Private practice, Lexington Baptist Church Counseling Center 2004-2011; Private Practice, Warn Clinical & Consulting Services, LLC, Columbia/Lexington, SC, 2011-present; Associate Director of Clinical Counseling Program, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC; 2007-2010; Director of Training and Internship for the College of Counseling and resident graduate faculty in counseling, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, 2011-present; SC Licensed Professional Counselor; SC Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; SC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor; SC Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor.
Robert McDole, also known as “Rob,” came to CIU to attain his M.A. in 1998 and began working in the Distance Education department in 2001. Before coming to CIU, Rob worked for years as a pioneer for online education. Today, Rob serves as the Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Development, a job that requires him to multitask at an impressive level.
B.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Missouri
Kim Abbott is the first athletic director of Columbia International University, building the foundation for the future of a CIU athletics program. She came to CIU in 2010 from the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, where as athletic director, she oversaw that school’s entry into intercollegiate athletics from 2005-2010.
Abbott began her professional career in athletics as a women’s golf coach, first at Dartmouth College from 1989-1991, and then at the University of South Carolina’s (USC) main campus in Columbia from 1991-1994. From 1998-2005, she held administrative positions in the athletic department at USC.
Having a Christian witness in athletics is important to Abbott. She has been involved in The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for several years, and currently serves on the executive board of the Midlands FCA in Columbia, S.C.
Abbott is a competitive golfer, having played in numerous national and local tournaments. She was the winner of the Women’s South Carolina Golf Championship in 1994 and the Columbia Women’s Golf Championship in 2003. She has also served as an instructor of women and junior golfers.
She is married to David Abbott and has an adult step-son, Bryan Abbott, and a daughter, Mary Ellen who participates in athletics at Ben Lippen School.
Hometown: Omro, WI
Education: B.A. in History from Ripon College, M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri, M.A. in General Theological Studies from Columbia International University
What is your favorite Bible verse? Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
What is your ideal pet? I love cats.
What are your favorite hobbies? Running, traveling, reading, singing, and playing the piano
I love my job because… I get to assist people in their quest to be trained and equipped for service to the Lord. I also have great co-workers.
Hometown: Manheim, PA
Degree: B.S. in Sociology from Charleston Southern University, M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Columbia International University
Favorite movie quote: “I owned a farm in Africa….” (Out of Africa)
Coke or Pepsi: Caffeine-Free Diet Coke
Where I have traveled outside of the US: Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Turkey, and Dominican Republic
Advice for new students: Connect with a mentor and classmates, take your spiritual life seriously, and give and receive grace freely.
Hometown: Deerfield Beach, FL
Degree: B.BS. from Calvary Chapel Bible College, B.Th. from Joshua Springs Bible College, M.Div. from Columbia International University
What is the greatest lesson you've learned at CIU? That God intimately cares for all aspects of my life
How has CIU helped you the most? CIU has helped me understand the importance of holding both a solid orthodoxy on the essentials and a flexible grasp on the non-essentials.
What is your ideal pet? Jumping pygmy goats
What is your favorite cold food? Choco Taco’s
I love my job because… I get to watch students come and get a deeper passion for the Lord and our hurting and dying world.
Hometown: Taylorsville, KY
Degree: Women’s Ministry Certificate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Favorite movie quote: “There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer” from Pearl Harbor
Coke or Pepsi: Diet Coke
Places travel outside United States: Panama, South Korea, and Guam
Who is your favorite biblical figure other than Jesus? David, because he was a strong and mighty warrior
I love my job because… I get to serve God while doing what he created me to do.
B.A., Belhaven College; M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary; M.A., Columbia International University
Mr. Brown has his own practice as a professional counselor for individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents and group therapy. He specializes in addictions. He teaches several courses on the undergraduate level as an adjunct professor. You may learn more at his website www.JimBrownLPC.com.
B.A. in Christian Ministries, Belhaven College, Jackson, MS; Master of Divinity, Degree in Pastoral Counseling, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO; M.A. in Counseling, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC; Served as Assistant Pastor working with Youth, College age and Families in Hattiesburg, MS; St. Louis, MO; Miami, FL and Irmo, SC; Presently in private practice for the past 10 plus years as a professional counselor and supervisor of LPC Interns; teaching, preaching, training and consulting in various settings.