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

2020- Annie Gallagher

Annie completed a doctoral degree in Curricular and Instructional Leadership through CIU in spring of 2016. As a direct result of her doctoral research at CIU, Annie began a consulting and teachertraining business called Transformed PD. Based on Romans 12:2, the mission of Transformed PD is to “renew minds through relational professional development.”“The doctoral program has prepared me well to view education through a biblical lens. I am often astounded at the level of expertise I have gained compared to others in similar programs. I am so very grateful to the Lord for leading me to CIU and appreciate the quality of teaching I experienced there.”Each year CIU recognizes recent alumni serving on the mission field, in the marketplace, or in ministry. They are faithful examples of CIU’s five core values. Featured here are three of the six 2020 recipients.Learn more about Transformed PD at

2020- Carey Schlieker

Carey graduated from CIU with her master’s degree in Intercultural Studies. Today she serves in West Africa as a nurse at a Christian and Missionary Alliance Hospital.“In the last three years, my colleagues and I have trained over 300 local believers in telling Bible stories and how to use the Bible story method to share God’s Word in an oral culture. We also train local pastors and believers to use Bible stories in church planting and discipleship of new believers. It’s thrilling to see pastors get excited about a new method that works in their context. I’m thankful for the role CIU played in my preparation for long-term service!”

2020- Matt Simmons

Matt graduated from CIU with his BA in Intercultural Studies and became the franchise owner of Soccer Shots Columbia in 2009. Soccer Shots exists to teach kids ages 2-8 the fundamentals of soccer with a strong focus on character development.“Soccer has been a passion for me for as long as I can remember. My father played soccer in college and passed along his love of the game to my brother, sister and me. Growing up in Peru, soccer was a part of everyday life. Through soccer, I learned the importance of teamwork, respect, discipline and the need for living a healthy and active lifestyle. I love Soccer Shots because it gives me and my coaching staff a platform to pass on these important principles to every child and family we serve.”Learn more about soccer shots at

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). 


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.


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.


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.