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Johnson Bible College Logo (Trademark of JBC)
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 (men's athletics), Evangels (women's athletics)
Affiliations Restoration Movement

Johnson Bible College is a private, co-educational college located six miles southeast of Knoxville, Tennessee.

It was founded in 1893 by Ashley S. Johnson as The School of the Evangelists and renamed Johnson Bible College in 1909. Johnson College has 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]

There are about 25 full time faculty members, and 800+ students, with 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 also has accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.[3] The teacher education program is accredited by the Tennessee State Board of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International.[4]


Courses of Study

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


Undergraduate programs

All undergraduates at JBC, whether working towards an associates or bachelor's degree, are required to major in Bible.[5] Students may also choose a program that has a double major.

Programs offering a double major are:

Programs offering a specialized program of study:

  • Youth Ministry
  • Childrens' Ministry
  • Media Communications

Honors program

There is also an honors program which offers majors in History, English, and Apologetics.

Graduate programs

Johnson Bible College offers several different types of accredited graduate degrees. These programs have various residency requirements. The graduate programs offered are:

  • Professional Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Holistic Education
  • Educational Technology
  • New Testament
  • Master of Arts Post-baccalaureate


Graduates of Johnson Bible College serve the Church and society in leadership positions throughout the United States and the world. Graduates are ministers, missionaries, educators, counselors, business leaders and owners, physicians, lawyers, broadcast and media journalists, developers and entrepreneurs, airline pilots, community leaders, legislators, and church leaders, etc.

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.[6]

Work study program

Students work alongside the staff in the work study program. Since 1893, students have been assigned work on campus. The positions available vary based on seniority as well as desires. The jobs available include: cooking, housekeeping, landscaping, maintenance, construction, and many others. There are also specialized jobs that range from Teaching Assistants to other specialized jobs.

Student activities

Students participate in numerous extracurricular activities on campus. The Eubanks Activity Center provides many opportunities for entertainment. There is a well stocked snack bar, TV lounge, pool tables, and other choices. On the lower level are two racket ball courts and there is a well equipped weight room. Behind the Eubanks Activity Center is a walkway to the French Broad River with walking trails along that for nature hikes. The campus radio station is on the upper level of the center. Many students participate in intra-varsity athletics with their fellow students and faculty.

The college also has several inter-varsity athletic teams. Johnson Bible College is in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division II. They compete with teams from other colleges throughout the nation.

For many years the baseball and soccer field were inside the campus fence between Brown Hall and Hodges Ferry Road. When the new dormitory was constructed the fields were relocated across Hodges Ferry Road to the new athletic facility. The former field became the new parking lots for Johnson Hall and Brown Hall. The new Athletic Facility has a dedicated soccer field as well as a dedicated baseball field. The facility has continued to grow over the past 5 years or so.

Johnson Bible College is located in the upper Tennessee River valley on the banks of the French Broad River just upstream from where the French Broad and Holston Rivers form the Tennessee. There are numerous off campus attractions in Knoxville or Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This all helps 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.

Living on campus

The president of the College and a majority of the administration, faculty, staff, students and families live, study, and work on campus. The campus provides housing for single students, married students, staff, faculty, and administration. This historically unique arrangement, provides an opportunity to live, work, and learn in a family oriented, academically, socially and spiritually supportive environment.

Single student dorms

The College has residence halls for male and female students. New residence halls, featuring private rooms for two students each, with en suite bathrooms and kitchenette areas, private phone and internet and campus intranet connections, were constructed in 2000. Each dormitory is managed by a Resident Manager, with Resident Assistants.

Married student-staff-faculty housing

Married students attending the College have a variety of residence options. The College provides apartments, mobile homes, duplexes and townhouses. Bell Hall contains married student apartments. There are two mobile home courts on campus, and duplexes and townhouses are located in several areas - all within convenient walking distance to classroom and dining facilities.


Current facilities

  • Old Main Building
    Built 1905 (Old Chapel, Distance Learning, Prayer Room)
  • Clark Hall
    Built 1905 (Women's Dorm, former Men's Dorm attached to Old Main.)
  • Gymnasium and Pool
    Built 1949
  • Myrtle Hall
    Built 1951 (Counseling Center, former women's dormitory)
  • Bell Hall
    Built 1955 (Student/Staff Apartments)
  • Alumni Memorial Chapel
    Built 1961 (Chapel & Music Department)
  • Glass Memorial Library
    Built 1964, enlarged 1989
    (Served as Presidents Office on middle level till Eubanks Activity Center's completion in 1989. Original library woodwork and alcoves on upper floor.)
  • Phillips−Welshimer Building
    Built 1975 (Dining Hall, Administrative/Faculty Offices, classrooms, Auditorium/Gym)
  • Eubanks Activity Center
    Built 1989 (Office of President, Student Center, Science Lab, Media Communications Department)
  • Johnson Hall
    Built 2000 (Women's Dorm)
  • Brown Hall
    Built 2000 (Men's Dorm)
  • Richardson Hall
    The building previously known as the GETC. Or Global Education Technology Center. Built 2001 (Teacher Education Department, Missions Department, classrooms)
  • Gally Commons
    Built 2007 (New dining hall/Kitchen/Private Dining Rooms, Bookstore & Post Office)[7]

Numerous other faculty and student housing units dot the campus along with plenty of green space and mountain views. Information about current facilities can be found at the following website. Historical Tour

Notable single family residences

  • The White House
    Built 1890 (Dr. & Mrs. Johnson's House. Home of the President of the College.)
  • 1925 Sears - Roebuck & Co House
    Built 1925 (Foundation poured and constructed by students, then the pre-built house was assembled)

New facility

  • Bob Russell Speech and Preaching Center
    Renovated in 2009 (Located in the former kitchen, dining room, private dining rooms, and storage areas in the PW building.) [8]

Former facilities

  • Original Main Building
    1893-1904 (Wooden structure destroyed by fire December 1, 1904)[9]
  • Industrial Hall-Old Dusty
    1898-1960 (Wooden structure on top of hill. The Lower level contained the wood shops with Women's dorm rooms on upper floor.)[10]
  • Irwin Library
    1912-2000 (Large brick structure. Contained Marble covered Library in basement with classrooms on upper 2 levels)
  • Brown Hall
    1971-2000 (3 story facility)
  • Johnson Hall
    1972-2000 (3 story facility with rooms arranged in suites)
  • Dairy Barn
    The college's Dairy Barn was located where the P-W Building sits today.[11][12] The pond in the rear was used by the cows. This was the home to the Dixie Holstein Herd.[13]



The college has had only six Presidents in its 116-year history. After the death of Ashley Johnson, Emma Johnson became president. Ms. Johnson was one of the first women to be elected and serve as president of any college in the United States. Dr. David L. Eubanks was the first President to retire from office. Prior to that, all other presidents of the College died while in office. They are buried in the College Cemetery across from the Old Main Building.

In 1896, during his tenure as the college's president, Ashley Johnson wrote the Condensed Biblical Encyclopedia. [15]

President Term
Ashley S. Johnson (Founder) 1893−1925
Emma Johnson (Founder) 1925−1927
Alva Ross Brown 1927−1941
Robert M. Bell, Ph.D. 1941−1968
David L. Eubanks, Ph.D.* 1969−2007
Gary E. Weedman, Ph.D. 2007−present

* Retired from office/President Emeritus

Presidential Cabinet

  • 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
  • Dr. Tim Wingfield, Dean of Enrollment Services
  • Dr. Mark Pierce, Director of Institutional Effectiveness


  1. ^ College Information on JBC website
  2. ^ SACS Accreditation Information
  3. ^ ABHE Accreditation Information
  4. ^ Teacher Accreditation information.
  5. ^ JBC Undergraduate Catalog
  6. ^ Campus Life Information on JBC website
  7. ^ Gally Commons Information Page
  8. ^ Bob Russell Center Information Page
  9. ^ The Story of Johnson Bible College, Robert E. Black. Tennessee Valley Press. Kimberlin Heights, TN pg. 76
  10. ^ The Story of Johnson Bible College, Robert E. Black. Tennessee Valley Press. Kimberlin Heights, TN pg.75
  11. ^ Dr. L. Thomas Smith's "Above Every Other Desire",
  12. ^ The Life & Preaching of R.M. Bell. Kathryn Watts. College Press, Joplin MO. Pictures from 1968 & 1978
  13. ^ P-W Historical room sign from old dairy barn with the name of the herd.
  14. ^ The Story of Johnson Bible College. by Robert E. Black. Tennessee Valley Printing Co. Kimberlin Heights, TN pg 77
  15. ^ "Condensed Biblical Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2007-10-25.  

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


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