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Johnson Bible College

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Motto Open day and night to the poor young man who desires above every other desire, to preach the Gospel of Christ.
Established 1893
Type Private
President Dr. Gary E. Weedman
Faculty 61
Students 876
Location Knoxville, TN, USA
Campus 175 acres
Colors Blue & White
Nickname Preachers, Evangels(womens sports)
Affiliations Restoration Movement
Website http://www.jbc.edu/

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It was founded in 1893 by Ashley S. Johnson as The School of the Evangelists and renamed to Johnson Bible College in 1909. It claims the distinction of being the second oldest continuing Bible college in the United States and the oldest Bible college affiliated with the Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ.[1] Year 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... A Bible college is a tertiary education institution for the purpose of instructing students to prepare them for ordination to Christian ministry (i. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

There are about 25 full time faculty members, and 800+ students, enrollment having nearly doubled in the last decade.

Johnson Bible College first received regional accreditation in 1979 from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[2] It is also accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.[3] Regional accreditation is a term used in the United States to refer to the process by which one of six accrediting bodies, each serving an area of the country, accredits schools, colleges, and universities. ... The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a regional accreditor for over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southern United States. ... Accreditation is a process by which a facilitys services and operations are examined by a third-party accrediting agency to determine if applicable standards are met. ... The Association for Biblical Higher Education or ABHE (formerly the The Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges or AABC) is a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education. ...


Majors offered

Johnson Bible College is accredited to offer associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

Undergraduate programs

All undergraduates at JBC, whether working towards an associate's or bachelor's degree, are required to major in Bible.[4] Students may also choose a program that has a double major. Programs offering a double major are: Teacher Education, Preaching, Music, Counseling, and Youth Ministry/Preaching. The college also offers specialized programs of study in Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, Media, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Missions. This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... Teacher education refers to the policies and procedures designed to equip teachers with the knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and skills they require to perform their tasks effectively in the school and classroom. ... Preacher is a term the for someone who preaches sermons or gives homilies. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... The word counseling or counselling comes from the Middle English counseil, from Old French conseil, from Latin cōnsilium; akin to cōnsulere, to take counsel, consult. ...

Graduate programs

Johnson Bible College offers several different types of graduate degrees. The graduate programs offered are: marriage and family counseling, holistic education, educational technology, and New Testament. Quaternary education or postgraduate education is the fourth-stage educational level which follows the completion of an undergraduate degree at a college or university. ... This article is about the Christian scriptures. ...

Honors Program

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Graduates from Johnson Bible College head out from the school into many various areas of service. Students engage in preaching, teaching, or otherwise serving a local church; others teach in the school systems, establish counseling practices, or serve on the mission field; still others continue their education at the graduate level in seminaries or secular schools.[citation needed]

Campus life

Students, faculty, and staff all are able to take advantage of the campus environment. Modeled along the idea of the family; students, faculty and staff live and work together in a community environment. From dining together, worshiping together, working together, and learning together there is a great sense of this family community.[5]

Chapel services

Full-time students attend chapel three times a week. Two of these chapel services meet in the Auditorium and consist of a time of worship, prayer, and a message. The other required chapel is a small group study of the student's selection.

Work study program

Students work along side the staff in the work study program. Since 1893, students have been assigned work on campus. This varies from cooking, housekeeping, landscaping, maintenance, to various specialized positions to facilitate the college.

Student activities

Students participate in numerous extracurricular activities on campus. Many participate in intra-varsity athletics or make use of the student activity center. The college also has several inter-varsity athletic teams competing against other colleges from around the nation.

Off campus, area attractions in Knoxville or Gatlinburg, Tennessee add to the activities available for student life. Additionally, the Student Ministry program attempts to match the College's effort to develop students both academically and spiritually by requiring students to volunteer in ministries outside of the college, such as local church programs and services or area ministries. Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee. ... Gatlinburg is a city in Sevier County, Tennessee, with a total population of 3,828, as of the 2000 U.S. census. ...

Dorm Life

Traditional college students are generally required to live on campus. Exceptions to this rule are handled on an individual basis, unless the student is classified as a commuter. Brown Hall serves as the men's dormitory. Johnson and Clark Halls serve as the women's dormitories. Brown and Johnson Halls opened in fall 2000, replacing previous buildings with the same names.


Current Facilities

  • Old Main Building (built in 1905)
  • Clark Hall (Women's Dorm, former Men's Dorm attached to Old Main.)
  • Gymnasium and Pool
  • Alumni Memorial Chapel (Music Department)
  • Bell Hall (Student/Staff Apartments)
  • Myrtle Hall (Counseling Center, former women's dormitory)
  • Glass Memorial Library
  • Eubanks Activity Center (Office of President, Student Center, Telecommunications Department)
  • Phillips−Welshimer Building (Dining Hall, Administrative/Faculty Offices, classrooms, Auditorium/Gym)
  • Global-Education-Technology Center (Teacher Education Department, Missions Department, classrooms)
  • Johnson Hall (Women's Dorm)
  • Brown Hall (Men's Dorm)

Numerous other faculty and student housing units dot the campus along with plenty of green space and mountain views.

Future facilities

  • Gally Commons (New dining hall/Kitchen/Private Dining Rooms, Bookstore & Post Office)
  • Bob Russell Preaching Center (Will be located in the former kitchen, dining room, private dining room, and storage areas in the PW building after renovation.)

Former Facilities

  • Original Main Building (Built 1893, destroyed by fire 1904)
  • Irwin Library (1912-2000) (2 story w/basement)
  • Brown Hall (1971-2000) (3 story facility)
  • Johnson Hall (1972-2000) (3 story facility with suites)



There have been six Presidents of the College.

President Order Term
Ashley S. Johnson* First (and Founder) 1893−1925
Emma Johnson* Second (and Founder) 1925−1927
Alva Ross Brown Third 1927−1941
Robert M. Bell Fourth 1941−1968
David L. Eubanks Fifth 1969−2007
Gary Weedman Sixth 2007−present

* Founders

Current Vice Presidents

  • Dr. Richard Beam, Academic Dean & V.P for Academics
  • Mr. David Legg, Dean of Students & V.P. for Student Services
  • Mr. Philip Eubanks, V.P. for Development
  • Mr. Chris Rolph, V.P. for Business & Treasurer


  1. ^ College Information on JBC website
  2. ^ SACS Accreditation Information
  3. ^ ABHE Accreditation Information
  4. ^ http://www.jbc.edu/college/pdf/07-08_undergraduate_catalog.pdf JBC Undergraduate Catalog
  5. ^ Campus Life Information on JBC website

External links

  • Johnson Bible College official web site.
  • Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) website.
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) website.
  • Johnson's SACS accreditation details

  Results from FactBites:
Xap Student Center :: campus tours :: Johnson Bible College key facts (402 words)
The College is the oldest Bible college of the Christian Churches or Churches of Christ, among whom most of the graduates serve, and from whom most of the students and financial support come.
The College is located on 350 acres nestled in the rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and close enough to Knoxville to receive the social and cultural benefits of a university city.
The purpose of Johnson Bible College is to educate students for specialized Christian ministries with emphasis on the preaching ministry.
TN Encyclopedia: JOHNSON BIBLE COLLEGE (318 words)
The Johnson Bible College was founded as the "School of the Evangelists" in 1893 by Ashley S. Johnson at Kimberlin Heights (approximately twelve miles southeast of Knoxville).
Johnson, a Knox County native and successful evangelist, author, and educator, transformed his "Correspondence Bible College" (established in 1886) into an institution to provide education for poor young men who desired to preach the gospel.
The second oldest continuing Bible college in the United States, it was one of the first two Bible colleges to be accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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