About Johnson University Florida

Johnson Florida StudentsSince 1893, Johnson University has been a leader in Christian higher education. The University’s flagship campus in Knoxville, Tennessee, was established by Ashley S. Johnson as the “School of the Evangelists” primarily to train preachers.  The School was later renamed “Johnson Bible College,” then “Johnson University” as the scope of the School’s offerings expanded to include additional strategic vocations to extend the kingdom of God.

Johnson University Florida was founded in 1975 as Central Florida Bible College. In 1985, the College received 40 acres of land in Kissimmee as a donation from the Chapman family. A new campus was constructed on that property, and the College was renamed Florida Christian College. In July of 2013, Florida Christian College merged with Johnson University and was renamed Johnson University Florida.

As part of the Johnson University System, the School remains focused on equipping individuals for Christian ministries and other strategic vocations to extend the kingdom of God. Located in a culturally diverse community just outside Orlando, Johnson University Florida maintains a close-knit family environment and high academic standards across a range of bachelor’s programs.

The motto– Strong in the Scriptures – was the motto of Florida Christian College and continues to be a valuable part of Johnson University Florida’s heritage and identity to this day.


Johnson University’s vision is to bring glory to God and hope to the world by preparing promising students for excellence in Christian ministry through an affordable, community-oriented, Christ-centered education.

Core Values

The lordship of Christ and the authority of Scripture

The centrality of service to Christian congregations, the local community, and the world

The necessity of faith, the efficacy of prayer, and the value of work

The importance of affordability and the worth of a nurturing community

The imperative of a Christian lifestyle and the virtue of academic discipline

The priority of communicating throughout the world the message of peace, wholeness, and restoration as described in the Christian Scriptures

Academic Excellence

Johnson University has a strong reputation in the higher education community and has been a leader among Christian universities in accreditation for decades. Exceptional, caring faculty positively challenge students to excel in all areas of individual and group studies. As such, Johnson University graduates are known throughout the world for their knowledge, abilities, commitment, and character.

Christian Perspective

A Christian worldview permeates every program and activity in the Johnson University System. Each academic program maintains a strong biblical core to help prepare graduates to be well-rounded Christian leaders in whatever profession they choose.

Campus Life

Johnson University Florida offers students a quality educational experience that is unique in the Johnson University System. The Florida campus combines Johnson’s rigorous academic standards and experienced faculty with a close-knit family atmosphere. Students benefit from personal relationships with caring faculty committed to their spiritual formation. The diverse culture of Central Florida also affords JUFL students a wealth of opportunities for both ministry and employment. 

Weekly chapel services provide not only spiritual nourishment for JUFL students but also an opportunity to serve in various ministry leadership roles.

Athletics are also an important part of the JUFL campus experience.  In addition to intercollegiate athletics, JUFL offers a variety of opportunities for students to connect with each other and the community around them.