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

2017- Ryan Jorgenson

Ryan graduated in 2010 with a Master of Divinity degree. He is the founder and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) Des Moines and the director of Harvest Apologetics Training Center.


“I am dead center in God’s will for my life, planting and pastoring HBC Des Moines. I love to know that and to see the Spirit set people free through the gospel.”

2017- Ian Otto

Ian graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in General Studies. Today he is a business partner in four companies in Jacksonville, Florida, including a marketing company and a pediatric practice.


“Dorm life was probably the most critical and important part of my time at CIU, even as an older student. That was more like church to me than I’ve ever felt, with the body of Christ ministering together, eating together, living together, having fun together. It was a great time.”

2017- Drew Arrington

Drew graduated in 2005 with a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling. He serves as an army chaplain at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina where he developed the Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course. (See page 13.)


“A professor once asked me, ‘Do you love Jesus?’ I’m learning and I’m realizing, that’s it. That’s what drives obedience, that’s what drives faithfulness. That’s what faith is all about.”

2017- Marcella Wilson

Marcella graduated in 2011 with Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling. These days, she owns and operates Marcella’s Old Skool Cookies & Loaves in Columbia, South Carolina, delivering her products to over 60 businesses each week, in addition to fulfilling call-in orders.


“CIU grew me as a Christian, it changed my perspective of who I am, where I am, where I worship. It helped me to learn to see the world through the lens of Christ, and not my own.”

2017- Sarah Nixon

Sarah Graduated in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Bible Teaching, and today serves as a Bible teacher for First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, Georgia.


“I love teaching. It’s one of my passions in life. I get the opportunity to make my class not just about the information being communicated, but about the students’ lives. (It’s) the intersection of what I’m teaching and what they need to know for now and later.”

2017- Beach Loveland

Beach graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Family & Church Education. He and his wife Jessica (Hughes) Loveland, a 2002 CIU graduate, own Loveland Coffee. They started with a drive-thru kiosk in Irmo, South Carolina and recently expanded to include a roastery.


“The biggest lesson I learned during my time at CIU was to boast in my weaknesses. I had to learn how to look outside myself and rely on God, because that’s what God honors and that’s what gives Him the most glory.”