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
MottoLearn. Grow. Impact.
TypeChristian, Private
Established1903 (1903)
High Point
North Carolina
United States

John Wesley University was a private interdenominational Christian college in High Point, North Carolina. In 2018, the university merged into Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem[1].


Known for many years as John Wesley College, the college changed its name to Laurel University in 2011[2] and John Wesley University in June 2016.[3]

Some students lived on the rural campus, while others commuted. Classes were offered in person and online.[4]

The university contained 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 was 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.[5]

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.[6][7]

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.[8]


John Wesley University was 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—were licensed by the University of North Carolina Office of General Administration.


John Wesley University offered Associate, Bachelor, Master's, and doctoral degrees.[9][10] Some bachelor's degree programs were designed specifically for adults to be completed at home or one night a week at school.


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

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "John Wesley merging into Piedmont International". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2011-01-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), John Wesley College changes name to Laurel University
  3. ^ John Wesley University, "Looking for Laurel University?" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2016-06-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) (accessed 17 June 2016)
  4. ^,0,6526185.story Archived 2011-01-15 at the Wayback Machine Laurel University story
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2014-11-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-12. Retrieved 2014-02-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "John Wesley College - Campus and Online Christian Education". 27 May 2010. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Green, Jim H., "Green Spots," 1945, publisher unknown, pg. 94
  9. ^ Archived 2011-01-15 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-08-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) 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