Florida Christian College
|Florida Christian College|
|Motto||Δυνατός ων εν ταις Γραφαις (Greek)|
|Motto in English||Strong in the Scriptures|
|Location||Kissimmee, Florida, United States|
|Campus||Suburban, 44 acres|
|Colors||Orange and Black|
Florida Christian College is a higher education institution located in Kissimmee, Florida affiliated with the Independent Christian Church. The college provides non-denominational conservative Christian education ranging from preaching to elementary education. The school was founded in 1976 as Central Florida Bible College. The College moved to its present location and changed its name to Florida Christian College in 1985. Graduates from Florida Christian College serve around the world as preachers, teachers and missionaries. In February of 2013, the college was purchased by Johnson University and will begin operations as Johnson University Florida for the 2013-14 school year with an increased number of available degrees. The college maintains its SACSCOC accreditation throughout the acquisition process.
Florida Christian College 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. It operates and grants degrees under a license granted by means of accreditation by the Commission for Independent Education with the Florida Board of Education. It is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities.
SACS elected to revoke Florida Christian College's regional accreditation on December 10, 2012. Although the college appealed the committee's decision, SACS denied the appeal in February of 2013. Operating 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. 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. During this transition period, President Bill Behrman stepped down and David L. Eubanks, former president of Johnson University, became Chief Operating Officer.
Throughout this process, FCC has retained its national accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education to award Associate and Bachelor degrees.
Florida Christian College (FCC) is a four-year undergraduate college that requires a Bible emphasis of all who earn a degree. The College offers four degrees—Associate of Arts, a two-year program; the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science, which are four-year programs; and the Bachelor of Theology, which is a five-year program.
The curriculum offers courses that focus on preparing students for church-related vocations. All students are required to double major, in Bible and ministry along with their chosen major. The college offers six undergraduate programs: a one-year Certificate program, a 2 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 five-year Bachelor of Theology program.
Florida Christian College participates in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), Division 2 intercollegiate sports for women's volleyball and men's basketball.
The FCC Men's Basketball team won the 2012 NCCAA DII southwest regional championship.
Notable Alumni and Affiliates 
- Terry Bradds - Jazz Guitarist (Advanced guitar instructor)
- David L. Eubanks - Former President of Johnson University (Current Chief Operating Officer)
- Andrew Peterson - Christian author and recording artist (Class of 1997)
- Fred Smith Jr. - College Founder
- James E. Smith - Bible Scholar (Professor Emeritus)
- Foster, Douglas Allen (2004). The encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell movement. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 339. ISBN 978-0-8028-3898-8.
- Doug Lederman (December 12, 2012). "Headline-Driven Accreditation". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
- "SACS Disclosure Statement". SACSCOC. Retrieved Dec. 29, 2012.
- "About Us". Florida Christian College. Retrieved 7 May 2010.