Johnson University Florida

Coordinates: 28°18′10.1″N 81°21′45″W / 28.302806°N 81.36250°W / 28.302806; -81.36250

Johnson University Florida is a private university in Kissimmee, Florida. It is affiliated with the Independent Christian Church and is part of the Johnson University system. The college awards four year bachelor's degrees and contains eight different schools.[2]

Johnson University Florida
Johnson University Florida Logo.jpg
MottoΔυνατός ων εν ταις Γραφαις (Greek)
Motto in English
Faith, Prayer, Work
AffiliationChristian Churches and Churches of Christ
PresidentDr. L. Thomas (Tommy) Smith Jr.
ProvostDr. Jon Weatherly
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, 44 acres
ColorsOrange, Blue, and White               


Johnson University Florida was founded in 1975 as Central Florida Bible College. Following a move to its current main campus in 1985, the name changed to Florida Christian College. In 2013, after completing a merger with Johnson University, the school became Johnson University Florida.[3]


Johnson University Florida has been nationally accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1985 and was regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools from 1995 to 2012.[4] After losing its accreditation with SACSCOC, it was acquired by Johnson University and is now once again regionally accredited. It is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities.

Acquisition by Johnson UniversityEdit

In its last decade operating as Florida Christian College, the campus was continually plagued with increasing financial challenges. Those challenges were greatly exacerbated by the onset of the Great Recession in 2008. On December 10, 2012, SACS leadership elected to revoke Florida Christian College's regional accreditation, effectively terminating the college's ability to function independently.[5] Although the college appealed the committee's decision, SACS denied the appeal in February 2013.[6] Under the administrative guidance of Johnson University, the college sought an injunction against SACS in order to restore its regional accreditation and proceed with a planned merger between the two schools.[7] On March 8, 2013, the U.S. District Court of Northern Georgia granted the injunction restoring probationary status of FCC as a member of SACS.[8] During this transition period, a number of significant events took place. First, the University purchased the Florida campus, simultaneously permitting financial oversight of the college and erasing its debt. Next, FCC President Bill Behrman stepped down and David L. Eubanks, former president of Johnson University, became the Chief Operating Officer.[9] Lastly, the trustees of Johnson University voted to incorporate the Florida property into its system, and the campus officially became Johnson University Florida on July 1, 2013.


The curriculum offers courses in a variety of majors. All students are required to take a core of Bible and theology classes along with their chosen major. The college offers multiple undergraduate programs, including one-year certificates, two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science programs, and four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs, as well as a Master of Strategic Ministry program.

The university is organized into eight schools:

  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Bible & Theology
  • School of Business & Public Leadership
  • School of Communication & Creative Arts
  • School of Congregational Ministry
  • Templar School of Education
  • School of Intercultural Studies
  • School of Social & Behavioral Sciences


Johnson University's athletics teams are known as the Suns. Johnson University Florida participates in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), Division 2 intercollegiate sports for:

  • Men's Soccer
  • Men's & Women's Basketball
  • Women's Volleyball

The Men's Baseball team earned second place in the 2012 NCCAA DII National Championship and third place in the 2013 National Championship.[10][11]

The Men's Basketball team won the 2012 NCCAA DII Southwest Regional Championship.[12]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Terry Bradds - Jazz Guitarist (Advanced guitar instructor)
  • David L. Eubanks - Former President of Johnson University & Chief Operating Officer of Johnson University Florida from 2013-2015
  • Arron Chambers - Christian author & preacher (Class of 1992)
  • Justin Miller - Christian preacher
  • Andrew Peterson - Christian author & recording artist (Class of 1997)
  • Fred Smith Jr. - College Founder
  • James E. Smith - Bible Scholar (Professor Emeritus)



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  2. ^ Foster, Douglas Allen (2004). The encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell movement. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 339. ISBN 978-0-8028-3898-8.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2013-07-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "SACSCOC List of Accredited Schools" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25.
  5. ^ Doug Lederman (December 12, 2012). "Headline-Driven Accreditation". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "SACS Disclosure Statement". SACSCOC. Retrieved Dec 29, 2012.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2013-04-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  11. ^ "National Christian College Athletic Association Division II Baseball National Championship - May 8-11, 2013" (PDF). National Christian College Athletic Association. May 11, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
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