Recent Alumni Recognition

Each year Columbia International University recognizes 12 recent alumni who have graduated within the last 12 years for their distinguished accomplishments in the marketplace, on the mission field or in church ministry. They are a faithful example of CIU’s five core values. These are: Authority of Scripture, the Necessity of the Spirit Filled Life, World Evangelization, Prayer and Faith, and Evangelical Unity.

Nominate recent alumni for honors

2019- Dr. Amy Roedding

Amy served for six and a half years as the Director of International Placement for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and today serves the same organization as the Director for Candidate Recruitment and Development. She is responsible for recruiting and directing the next generation of Alliance workers, including pastors, children and youth workers, and missionaries.

2019- Clinton “Chip” Yoder

After graduating from CIU, Chip taught at Ben Lippen School from 2006-2013 before becoming a classroom instructor at the National Guard Youth Challenge Academy Training Center. In 2015, he joined the Air National Guard where he serves part time. He also teaches sixth grade ancient history and seventh grade world history at Northside Middle School in Lexington, South Carolina. He is married to Susan (’05).

2019- Amy (Marion) Watkins

Amy has served as the director of Clinical Services at a mental health and substance abuse counseling center in Camden, South Carolina. Recently, she began the transition to private practice providing similar counseling in the Columbia, South Carolina area. She is married to Dustin and has a stepdaughter, Tennyson (7).

2019- Ben Bachellor

Ben is the creation care specialist for The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), developing gospel-centered, culturally appropriate, and locally-sourced solutions to environmental degradation. He equips missionaries around the world to take on gospel-centered creation care projects, such as reforestation, urban gardening, well drilling, aquaponics and sustainable agriculture. Ben is married to Rebekah and they have four children: Caleb (11), Samuel (9), David (7), and Lillianna (5).

2019- The Rev. Julian Dangerfield

Julian is the executive director of Shalom Outreach, Inc. in Northern Virginia. Formerly a software engineer, today Julian and his team train and equip pastors, medical doctors, teachers, social workers, and young people for missionary travel into the continents of Africa and South America. He also devised strategies with African United Nations ambassadors to confront the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to confront the social ills within their nations. Julian is married to Lisa Dangerfield.

2019- Lindsey LeDuc

Lindsey serves as the area manager for Lutheran Services Carolinas (LCS) in Columbia, South Carolina, overseeing programs that provide services to refugees in the Columbia area. She coordinates volunteer support with churches and community partners and supervises the direct care staff who assist in the resettlement of refugees to American life, including employment, school enrollment and managing culture shock. Lindsey is married to Paul and they have one son, Malachi (3 years old). 

Austin

2019- Erin Elizabeth Austin

Erin is the founder of Broken but Priceless Ministries, an interdenominational, nonprofit Christian ministry that seeks to encourage individuals suffering with a chronic illness. She also works part time at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Virginia.

Dahlstrom

2019- Timmy Dahlstrom

Timmy works as a professional counselor and chaplain with the Air Force Reserve at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. He also works part time with Teachbeyond, as a professional counselor providing care to missionaries globally. After graduating from CIU, Timmy served in Germany as a missionary with Teachbeyond at Black Forest Academy from 2008-2018. In 2018, Timmy and his wife, Kristi returned to the United States with their two children: Luci, 3 and newborn Ellie.

Hughes

2019- Crystal Hughes

Crystal is a fourth grade teacher at Sandhills Classical Christian School in North Carolina. After graduating from CIU, Crystal earned a Master of Arts in Human Services, and while working at Automatic Data Processing (ADP), earned her second Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education. Her favorite subjects to teach are Bible and History, using song, recitation/memorization and movement to help her students learn.

Ventura

2019- Dustin Ventura

Dustin taught in public schools for several years. In 2011, he became the director of Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Greater Pee Dee area of South Carolina. His leadership has had a profound impact for the kingdom through evangelizing children. He is married to Leslie and they have three children: Carlee 4, Bennett 2, and newborn Allie.

Killins

2019- Betsy Killins

Betsy is the merging leader women’s director and women’s global coordinator at Downline Ministries in Memphis, Tennessee. Her responsibilities include mentoring, coaching, discipleship, and teaching courses on biblical womanhood. Betsy also travels on three to four international trips each year, training and equipping teams to teach around the world on discipleship.

Haron

2019- David & Dylia Sasso Haron

David and Dylia are full-time missionaries in Italy working with refugees and ministering to Muslims. Prior to that, they served for seven years at Theos Place in Costa Rica working with youth of indigenous people groups and launching satellite church campuses. They met at CIU and married in 2009. They have two children: Sara, 5 and Isaac, 4.

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