John Wesley University

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John Wesley University
Former names
Greensboro Bible and Training School, Greensboro Bible and Literary Institute, People's Bible School, John Wesley College, Laurel University
Motto Learn. Grow. Impact.
Type Christian, Private
Established 1903 (1903)
Location High Point, North Carolina, United States
Campus Rural
Nickname Lions

John Wesley University is an accredited, private interdenominational Christian college that delivers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs in on-campus, online, and in blended environments.[1]

The university is located in High Point, North Carolina, just 15 miles (24 km) south of Greensboro in the central Piedmont Triad area. The university offers a rural campus and stresses the importance of traditional family values, Judeo-Christian ethics, and biblical morality.[2]


Known for many years as John Wesley College, the college changed its name to Laurel University in 2011[3] and John Wesley University in June 2016.[4]

Some students live on the rural campus, while others commute. Some take classes online, and others study in face-to-face classes and small cohorts. Some students study locally in the Triad area of North Carolina; others study in the Dominican Republic or Haiti.[5]

The university contains schools of management and ministry and created North Carolina's first state-accredited online MBA program using avatar technology with a virtual business internship experiences for students.


John Wesley University is the oldest undergraduate theological education institution in North Carolina. It started in fall 1903 as the Greensboro Bible and Training School in Greensboro as a result of a revival held by Rev. Seth Rees and Rev. Charles Weigle. The school closed abruptly after the 1931 spring semester owing to insurmountable financial difficulties.[6]

Following an all-night prayer service with well-known former Methodist Episcopal Church South evangelist Jim H. Green (1880-1955), the group decided to reopen the Greensboro Bible and Literary Institute on January 15, 1932 in the same facilities with many of the same teachers and students. The new name was People’s Bible School.

The revamped school, which started with four faculty (from the previous institute) and 18 students, was later known as John Wesley College (1956), Laurel University (2011), and John Wesley University (2016). This college distributed the People's Herald periodical, later The Crusader. The college remained non-denominational while promoting a distinctively Wesleyan-Holiness view on entire sanctification, with fellow Methodist Evangelist John R. Church as its first board chairman.[7][8]

The college was influential in the founding of the People's Methodist Church, which later merged with the Evangelical Methodist Church. A small "chain of tabernacles" was created so ministry students would have inexpensive venues to preach and conduct revival services during the Great Depression.[9]


John Wesley University is accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the United States Department of Education. Graduates of the Christian Elementary Education program are eligible for certification with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

The Bachelor of Arts in Management & Business Ethics and the Master of Business Administration—two degrees offered by the School of Management—are licensed by the University of North Carolina Office of General Administration.


John Wesley University offers multiple degree programs. The following are the majors offered:[2][10]


Associate of Arts in:

  • Ministry

Bachelor of Arts in:

  • Bible/Theology
  • Christian Ministry
  • Christian Elementary Education
  • Intercultural Studies & Global Missions
  • Management & Business Ethics
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Worship Arts

Accelerated BSN

  • In a historic partnership with Liberty University, it is John Wesley University will offer an Associate of Arts degree that comes with admittance into Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.


  • Master of Business Administration (Management, Human Resources, Non-Profit Leadership)
  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Master of Christian School Education
  • Master of Ministry in Christian Leadership


  • Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership

Adult Degree Completion Program[edit]

Adults between 25 and 75 can complete a bachelor's degree at home or one night a week at school. The university has online and blended, same-group degree completion programs in the following majors:

  • Management & Business Ethics
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Christian Counseling
  • Christian Ministry


John Wesley University is a member of the NCCAA and competes at the Division 1 level. Sports offered include:

  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Women's Softball
  • Women's Volleyball

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Archived 2011-01-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2011-01-13. , John Wesley College changes name to Laurel University
  4. ^ John Wesley University, "Looking for Laurel University?" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2016-06-17.  (accessed 17 June 2016)
  5. ^,0,6526185.story Archived 2011-01-15 at the Wayback Machine. Laurel University story
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2014-11-26. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-12. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  8. ^ "John Wesley College - Campus and Online Christian Education". 27 May 2010. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  9. ^ Green, Jim H., "Green Spots," 1945, publisher unknown, pg. 94
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-08-17.  High Point becomes university city

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Coordinates: 35°59′39″N 79°59′54″W / 35.9943°N 79.9984°W / 35.9943; -79.9984