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

HankinJuly 2018- Caleb Hankin

Since graduating, Caleb has worked at Freedom Christian Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina as a third grade teacher, and serves as a mentor/supervisor with Child Evangelism Fellowship during the summer. Caleb has been recognized for fostering an environment in his classroom that encourages kids to grow academically and spiritually. He openly leads his students to Christ and encourages them in their walk with the Lord. Full Interview


August 2018- Kelly Helms

Kelly helps direct the iEDGE program with Navigators. iEDGE is a two-year gap program for recent college graduates, providing training and opportunity that connects them with Navigators' long-term partners overseas. She is responsible for recruiting, vetting, shepherding, training care assessment, and mobilizing the teams. Kelly’s husband, Joel, passed away suddenly in 2016. She has a two-and-a-half-year-old son named Gabe. Full Interview


September 2018- Daniel Stevanus

Daniel serves as a middle school youth pastor at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington, South Carolina. After graduating from CIU, he served as a middle school youth pastor in Long Island, New York before moving back to South Carolina. He is a gifted teacher, preacher, and recently became cancer free after being diagnosed in 2016. Daniel also serves on CIU’s Recent Alumni Committee. Full Interview


October 2018- Charles “Red” Caraway & Adam Green

Charles and Adam are graduates of the CIU Prison Initiative program. Though still incarcerated, both men prayerfully and courageously volunteered to be transferred to the Alabama Department of Corrections last spring to assist in the start of a program similar to the CIU Prison Initiative administrated by Birmingham Theological Seminary. Their efforts have in-part led to the salvation of over 10,000 inmates in the South Carolina Department of Corrections since 2007. Caraway Interview, Green Interview

November 2018- Brandon Mason

After graduating from CIU, Brandon began serving at Milton Hershey School (MHS) in Hershey, Pennsylvania. MHS is a cost-free, private, coeducation home serving more than 2,000 students from low-income families. Brandon’s first five years at MHS were in the Transitional Living Program teaching 15 to 20 high school males independent living skills. He was promoted in 2014 to the position of senior division home-life administrator. Today Brandon is responsible for overseeing eight student homes, 20 house parents and over 100 students in grades 9-11. Full Interview

December 2018- Abeneazer Urga & Jessica Udall

After graduating from CIU, Abeneazer and Jessica ministered among East African Muslim refugees in Portland, Maine for year, and since have been teaching at the Evangelical Theological College (ETC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They have authored several books and continue to write on theology, biblical studies, missions, and cross-cultural ministry. Abeneazer is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. Jessie is working in the Communications Department of their mission agency and writing on how to welcome immigrants at lovingthestrangerblog.com. Full Interview.


See the rest of the 2018 Recent Alumni Recognition Award recipients.