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Name Change

Johnson University
educates students for Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.
Under the leadership of Dr. Weedman and the Board of Trustees, Johnson Bible College revised its mission statement in 2011 to more explicitly identify the School as a “Great Commission” institution. This renewed identity precipitated the desire to eliminate any barriers in fulfilling the Great Commission for both the School and its alumni, especially those seeking entrance to “creative-access” countries. As such, the name of the institution was changed to Johnson University on April 28, 2011. While still preserving a strong emphasis on biblical studies, Johnson University is now better poised to…
  • provide alumni greater access “creative-access” countries, thus to most of the unreached/unevangelized world.
  • recruit more students for Great Commission vocations by more accurately communicating our academic quality.
  • facilitate acceptance of alumni into many graduate schools.
  • communicate that we are a degree-granting institution to those in foreign countries where “college” often means “technical school.”
The Whole Gospel to the Whole World, an article written by Dr. Weedman, shares some additional background and philosophy on the name change. For more information, you can also read Frequently Asked Questions and That the World May Know.

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