Our Faculty

CIU faculty bring to the classroom deep experience that might include working among Muslims in France and North Africa, teaching leadership skills to FBI Academy instructors, or serving as teachers and administrators in both public and Christian schools.

Add in former military chaplains, experienced practicing family counselors and experts in ancient languages (to name a few) and you get just the right mix of experience and devotion to God that makes CIU a leader among the nation’s Christian universities and seminaries.

Our student/faculty ratio for undergraduates is 17 to 1. At the graduate and seminary level, it’s 12 to 1. Our educators are here because of their passion for their students and community. Interacting with them inside and outside the classroom is how our Bible-based college and seminary transforms students’ lives through developing their academics, sparking their spiritual growth and honing their ministry skills.

Professor of English, Humanities Program Director

B.A., Taylor University; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Professor of Bible, College of Arts & Sciences

B.A., Colorado State University; M.Div., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Associate Professor of English, College of Arts & Sciences

B.A., Columbia College of S.C.; M.A., University of South Carolina Allison grew up, mostly, right here in Columbia, S.C. Upon graduating from college, and during a brief stint in human resources with

Professor of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Cashin is professor of intercultural studies in the College of Intercultural Studies at CIU. Previously, he lived in Sweden, where he served as pastor of two churches.

Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Clevenger enjoys sharing her passion for investing in young learners with future teachers. She desires to prepare educators to value the foundational experiences early childhood teachers can

Professor Emeritus

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

Bible Teaching (Undergraduate and M.A.B.T.) Program Director

B.S., Columbia Bible College; M.Ed., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of South Carolina; advanced biblical studies, Reformed Theological Seminary and Columbia International University

Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Craft is driven by the Holy Spirit to help students recognize their God-given potential as Christian educators. He specializes in early childhood and elementary education with increased emphasis

Professor of New Testament, PhD Program Director, Associate Dean

Dr. Croteau joined the faculty of Columbia Biblical Seminary in 2013 and became Associate Dean in 2020. He teaches New Testament and Greek courses and is a member of the Evangelical Theological

Middle Eastern Studies Program Director, Professor of Bible

Certificate form Torchbearer Schools, Capernwray Hall, England and Tauernhof, Austria; B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; M.Div., Trinity

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Elmer V. Thompson Chair of Church Planting

Victor H. Cuartas joined the CIU faculty in 2016 and is the Elmer V. Thompson Chair of Church Planting at CIU. Previously, he taught global missions and church ministry at Regent University (2006-2016