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Founded in 1903 as Greensboro Bible and Training School in Greensboro, North Carolina, John Wesley University’s founders are Reverend Seth Rees and Reverend Charles Weigle.  Throughout the first thirty years of existence, the school enjoyed enrollments of traditional students and adults studying for ministry.  In 1932, a leading evangelist, Reverend Jim Green, became interested in the school and, through his ministry, renamed the institution People’s Bible School; still located in Greensboro.

John Wesley University’s charter cites 1932 as the beginning.  The first thirty years are important to the legacy of the university as the commitment was established and ingrained from 1903-1932 to be an independent, evangelical, inter-denominational school where the Bible is central to the curriculum and God’s will preeminent.

While the institution developed, it remained directly connected to its Christian founding and loyal to a biblical worldview.  From 1949 to 1980, the school resided in the Grove Park area of Greensboro, changing the name to John Wesley College in the spring of 1959.  In 1980, the campus moved to its current location in High Point, thanks to the generosity of businessman Ed Shufelt.

The College changed its name from John Wesley College to Laurel University in 2011.  In 1993, the University added a bachelor’s degree in business management necessitating state approval for accreditation.  In 2010, Laurel University added an MBA program thereby distinguishing itself as the first and only bible college in North Carolina to have state-licensed business management degrees.

Most recently, the Board of Trustees voted to officially change the name of the university to John Wesley University effective July 1, 2016. This is a move to return to the evangelical identity the university has claimed for over a century.

John Wesley University received initial accreditation in 1982 as John Wesley College from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and recently re-affirmed that accreditation for another ten years.  Currently, John Wesley University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in ministry, management and a nursing track to approximately 200 students in traditional, online and hybrid delivery modes.  After a century of providing a superior bible-based education and seventy-five years after receiving a new charter, John Wesley enjoys a vibrant student body, a future holding great promise, a faculty and staff led to serve the Lord and a beautiful legacy of faith and hope.

As we look ahead, we are challenged to grow our enrollment, gain candidacy for regional accreditation and continue to exist as an exemplary Christian institution.

John Wesley University is emerging as a distinctive biblical leader in higher education in our region. Our graduates are proven leaders in large and small corporations, academic institutions, businesses big and small, and the ministry. Our size and our intentionally rigorous curriculum guarantees a unique and profound set of learning outcomes upon graduation.

What is John Wesley University's Mission?
John Wesley University is a comprehensive Biblical University rooted in traditional Christian values and committed to educate lifelong learners for ministry in the marketplace, society and world. We seek to provide an atmosphere that encourages intellectual development, spiritual maturation and professional competency.

Founded in 1903, John Wesley University is a private, non-profit, co-educational university with local (High Point, NC) as well as international reach. Read more about John Wesley University’s history.

FLEXIBLE:  You can study on our intimate and naturally beautiful campus, take courses online, or do both.
ACCESSIBLE: Our low student-faculty ratio (10:1) means you enjoy a personal educational experience.
ACCREDITED: You qualify for federal financial aid.
AFFORDABLE: We have the lowest tuition of any private liberal arts college in the state of North Carolina and within our region.
John Wesley University is an inter-denominational Christian University which teaches the fundamental doctrines of evangelical Christianity. John Wesley University operates in accordance with the following beliefs:

  1. We believe that there is one living and true God, an eternally existent spiritual Being of absolute knowledge, power and goodness; Creator and Preserver of all things visible and invisible; that in the unity of this Godhead there are three persons of one substance, power, and eternity, who are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the triune Godhead; that He is eternally of one substance with the Father; that He became incarnated by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, thus uniting in one perfect nature Godhood and manhood, very God and very man—the God-man, Jesus Christ.
  3. We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit; that He did proceed from the Father and the Son, and is the third person of the triune Godhead, of one substance, power, and eternity with them; that He is present with and active in the Church, convicting the whole world of sin and righteousness and judgment.
  4. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, which the Church has universally accepted as the Holy Scriptures, were given by divine inspiration and constitute the revealed and infallible Word of God as the only supreme, sufficient, and authoritative rule of faith and practice. We believe that the Holy Spirit who motivated men of God to speak through the written word has providentially guarded the integrity of the message and continues to illumine the hearts of those who read, that they may understand God’s redemptive plan.
  5. We believe that man was a special creation by God, but that he forfeited his first estate and is very far fallen from original righteousness; and because of the corruption of his nature as received from Adam, he is continually inclined to evil.
  6. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins. By the shedding of His blood, He made atonement for the sins of all mankind; this atonement is the only ground of salvation. We believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, to the right hand of the Father and is there engaged in intercession for us.
  7. We believe that penitent sinners are justified before God only by faith in Jesus Christ; at the same time, they are regenerated and adopted into the household of faith, the Holy Spirit bearing witness with their spirit to this gracious work. This is sometimes called implicit or initial sanctification.
  8. We believe that entire sanctification is that act of God by which believers are made free from original sin and brought into a state of complete devotion to God. We further believe that this work is accomplished by baptism with the Holy Spirit, Who bears witness. We also believe that while the approach to this state may be more or less gradual, the actual experience of entire sanctification is consummated in an instant and the life that follows should experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit and a continual maturing of the Christian graces.
  9. We believe that Christians are called to be holy in all manner of living so that any conduct contrary to this rule of Scripture is not only repugnant but is also inconsistent with a true Christian profession.
  10. We believe in the holy universal Church; that it is composed of all true believers in Jesus Christ, regardless of race, creed, sex, or national origin; that it is for the maintenance of worship, the edification of believers, and the proclamation of the Gospel to the whole world.
  11. We believe in the imminent, personal return of Jesus Christ to this world to establish His kingdom, to rule in righteousness, and to judge all people.
  12. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; that the bodies of the just and unjust shall be reunited with their spirits; that everlasting life is assured to all who believe in and follow Jesus Christ, and the finally impenitent shall go away into everlasting punishment.

ABHE Accreditation

John Wesley University is accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (formerly the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. ABHE may be contacted at: Association for Biblical Higher Education 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130 Orlando, FL 32822 Voice: 407-207-0808 Fax: 407-207-0840

ACSI Accreditation

Graduates of John Wesley University’s program in Christian Elementary Education are eligible for certification with the Association of Christian Schools International. ACSI may be contacted at: Association of Christian Schools International P.O. Box 35097 Colorado Springs, CO 80935 Voice: 719-528-6906

UNC Licensure

In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 116-15 (d), the AA degree and the BA degree offered by the School of Ministry of John Wesley University is exempt from the requirement of licensure by the University Of North Carolina Office Of General Administration with respect to the religious nature of the University’s programs. This exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under the established licensure standards. The two degrees offered by the John Wesley University School of Management, the Bachelor of Arts in Management & Business Ethics and the Master of Business Administration, are licensed by the University Of North Carolina Office Of General Administration. UNC may be contacted at: University of North Carolina General Administration P.O. Box 2688 Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688

From the President

Welcome to John Wesley University! faculty-10-of-14Today is a great time to be a part of this growing and exciting institution. Here at John Wesley, there is such a wonderful and positive spirit!  We believe that God’s hand is upon us, and we work hard each day to earn the trust of our expanding presence. One of the reasons for our high expectations at John Wesley is the quality of our product: classroom instruction from our faculty. Those of us blessed to serve on John Wesley’s team are energized and stimulated by the challenges that face each student entering our world at this time.  We get excited by the new faculty and staff as they arrive with new vision and talent and the passion to lift our work. This spirit permeates our campus and is the energy driving our student-centered decisions.

We are constantly reviewing and improving our curriculum and renewing our teaching. Fact is, John Wesley offers a faculty gifted in the delivery of excellent instruction with the sensitivity and perspective of seasoned Christian disciples. These great men and women form the critical core of our education here at John Wesley, but students remain the heart and soul of this institution.  You are our ministry. With students entering at multiple levels, multiple ages, multiple career stages, and from multiple backgrounds, John Wesley is a diverse, thriving community.

John Wesley offers a bachelor’s and master’s degree in traditional, on-line, and blended formats. No other university of our size has our diversity, flexibility or state of the art delivery platforms. We recently were awarded the honor of one “Top On-line Friendly” universities by ONLINE.WEB Inc.

There is a place for you at John Wesley, and we will do everything in our power to help you find it.  If there might be anything we can do to make your college decision and transition easier and more enjoyable or informative, please just let us know. As we have served students successfully for 112 years, so shall we serve you.


Steve Condon, PhD –  President

A Brief Bio on Dr. Condon


Newton North High School, Diploma

Boston College, B.S. in Education

Florida State University, M.S. in Education

University of Alabama, Ed.S. in Higher Education

University of Mississippi, Ph.D., in Higher Education

Harvard University, Post-Doctoral

Work Experience:

Dean, Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama

Vice-President, Lambuth University, Jackson, TN

Vice-President, St. Thomas University, Miami, FL

Vice-President, Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA

Vice-President, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

President, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens, TN

President, John Wesley University, High Point, NC (Currently)


1986, Silver Medalist, World Championship, Rome, Italy

1988, Gold Medalist, World Championship, Sardinia, Italy

1984-1988, National Coach of the Year

1985-1988, NAIA National Champion

2014, NCAA Coaches Hall of Fame

2006-2009, Selected four times as a Leader for onsite SACSCOC visit teams

1985, 1988-1992, 1999, 2001, 2004 University Administrator of the Year

A published author and popular keynote speaker, Dr. Condon has raised over $40 million between 1980-2012 for four universities through personal solicitation of endowments, foundations, trusts, corporations and personal gifts.

He enjoys the reputation as one of the top small Christian college enrollment managers in the country.  Over his 35 years in higher education, he has built the enrollments of five universities establishing school and state records for size, academic credentials and retention for four schools. As an academic innovator that leads through a shared visioning document, Dr. Condon carries an incredible track record of lifting institutions spiritually and fiscally. His vast network of corporate professionals and the ability to share the institutional story opens opportunities uncommon for most small colleges. His track record of building great teams, developing dynamic programs, increasing institutional effectiveness, raising substantial funds and providing the positive energy through tactical and strategic initiatives is a matter of record. Like his other institutions, John Wesley is now transforming and emerging as a dynamic academic entity.

Dr. Condon has been married 39 years to Rebecca, a professional librarian.  Together, they have two children; Curt 34, and Alexis, 29.

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Ken Rowe

Retired Dean, GTCC, School of Business,

Retired Officer, C.E.B.A.


Harvey Lowd, Vice-Chair

Retired CEO, KAO Industries,

CEO, HLL Consulting


Derrick Duggins

Marketing and Sales, Carolina Recording Systems, LLC


Dr. Brent Burdick

Director, One Mission Society


Dr. Steve Condon


Mark Harris, Treasurer 

Dean, GTCC, High Point Campus

First Sergeant, Marine Corps (Ret.)

Retired Principal, Guilford County Schools


Rev. Dr. Innocent Justice (JWC, 2010)

Senior Pastor, Cedar Grove United Methodist Church


David Ozmore, Chairman

CEO, High Point YMCA


Mena Parrish, Secretary

CEO, J. H. Adams Inn


Dr. Gary Royals (JWC, 1980)

Senior Pastor, Conover First United Methodist Church


Wayne Scott (JWC, 2006)

Chief of Police, Greensboro, NC


Bonita Sherrod

CFO, Piedmont Health Services, Sickle Cell Agency




Dr. Jody Allen

Executive Vice President, Specific Action Corporation

Dr. Jason Caldwell

BS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MA, Liberty University 2012; Doctor of Management, Colorado Technical University, 2015


Christi Anna Coats

BSW, Ball State University; MSW, Indiana University, 2006


Dr. Eric Cole

BS, Morehouse College; MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.Div., Duke University; ABD; North Carolina State University; D.Min., United Theological Seminary, 1996


Dr. Steve Condon

Professor of Education

BS, Boston State College; MS, Florida State University; Ed.S., University of Alabama; Ph.D., University of Mississippi; Post-Doctoral Research, Harvard University, 1999


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Dr. Bari Courts

BS, Kenyon College; MBA, University of Cincinnati; Ph.D., Capella University


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Rev. Marc Cutrell

BA, John Wesley College; MTS, Houston Graduate School of Theology; MA, Houston Graduate School of Theology; MA, American Military University, 2010


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Dr. Raymond Dumeh

BS, University of Cape Cod; MS, University of Houston-Clear Lake; Ph.D., University of the Cumberlands, 2015


Mark Evans

BS, Liberty University; MS, University of Maryland, 2003


Michelle Gallimore

BS, Campbell University; MTS, Houston graduate School of Theology, MS, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University, 2012


Dr. Adelina Giselle Jones-Jones

Associate Professor of Humanities

BA, Spelman College; MA, North Carolina A & T; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 2005


Fred Jones

BFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MTS, Hood Theological Seminary, 2007


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Dr. John Lindsey

Dean, John Wesley College of Divinity

AB, Vennard College; Graduate studies, American Institute of Holy Land Studies; MAR, Asbury Theological Seminary; ThM, Duke University; EdD, University of North Carolina Greensboro. 1976


Dr. Wesley McCarter

BA, Carolina Christian College; MA, Carolina Graduate School of Divinity; D.Min, Carolina Graduate School of Divinity, 2015


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Bill Medlin

BA, John Wesley College; MA, Carolina Evangelical Divinity School; MBA, Wake Forest University


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David Mercadante

BA, John Wesley College; BA, High Point University, MDiv., Wake Forest University.  2008


Dr. Jason Myers

BA, Cedarville University; M.Div., Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2015


Dr. Marc Putnam

BA, Wheaton College; MA, Indiana State University; M.Div., Duke University, D.Min, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, 2010


Dr. Dennis Renfroe

BM, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; MMEd., State University of Louisiana; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2005


Rev. Mark Ryman

BA, Ohio Wesleyan University; MA, Houston Graduate School of Theology; M.Div. Carolina Graduate School of Divinity; Additional Doctoral work, St. Paul Lutheran Seminary


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Dr. Ron Selleck

Dean of Academics; Professor of Church History & Philosophy

BS, University of Texas at Arlington; MDiv., Earlham School of Religion; PhD, University of Chicago. 1993


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Dr. Rusty Sieck

BM, Texas Tech University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; D.Min., Dallas Theological Seminary, 2013


Jeremy Spainhour

BA, John Wesley College; MA, Asbury Theological Seminary, 2011


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Daniel Thames

BA, University of Mount Olive; MTS, Houston Graduate School of Theology, 2004


Dr. Carla Williams

BSW, Bennet College for Women; MSEd., North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University; MS, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University; Ph.D., Walden University, 2015


John Wesley University is located on a beautifully-curated 25-acre campus in High Point, North Carolina. We are within 20 minutes of Piedmont Triad Airport, and less than 15 minutes from several malls, large shopping areas and first class recreational opportunities. Strategically positioned in the vibrant growth area known as the “Piedmont Triad” John Wesley enjoys the convenience of a great location and the serenity and peace associated with a private wooded property. Our lake and strategically planned walking trails are accompanied by resting areas, benches and picnic tables. It is truly a “park” atmosphere with all the comforts of home. The administration building and apartments are surrounded by beautiful tall pines and hardwoods and embellished with a natural topography that only God can create! From the moment you drive on campus you will feel the wonderful peace and tranquility we all enjoy each day. Come see us and find out for yourself…

If you want to visit the campus at John Wesley University, please visit the Campus Visit page to complete the form there. Take advantage of our Hotel listing as well as Directions & Parking information as you plan your trip.

Enjoy the vistas below. Find out if you fit at John Wesley U!

Institutional Research and Effectiveness is John Wesley University’s official source for institutional research and information.  Our primary mission is to collect data, analyze data and conduct research in order to provide information that will support policy formulation, institutional planning, decision making and institutional effectiveness. To achieve our mission, the University will:

  • Compile and evaluate various data, such as student enrollment, graduation and retention rates and degrees awarded
  • Assist with effectiveness and accreditation programs
  • Conduct studies designed to support planning and effectiveness
  • Assist with development of effectiveness measurements
  • Provide access to institutional research to the University’s constituents, state and federal agencies

Get a copy of the 2013-2015 John Wesley University Factbook.

Transfer of Credit Policy

John Wesley University accepts transfer credits only from educational institutions within the United States accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and foreign institutions chartered and authorized to grant degrees by their national governments. Credits from accredited institutions are accepted for meeting core requirements at John Wesley University provided course descriptions satisfactorily parallel courses offered at John Wesley U. Only course work with a grade of “C” or better is accepted toward undergraduate degree requirements and “B” or better toward graduate degree requirements at John Wesley University. Only academic work completed at John Wesley University will be computed into the student’s final cumulative grade point average (GPA). Partial credit may be granted for credits earned with a grade of “C” or better from unaccredited institutions upon petition by the student to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.. John Wesley University grants earned degrees to students completing a minimum of ¼ of their entire program at this institution (If your total program is 120 hours then you must complete 30 hours of it at John Wesley University). Additional credit may be earned through the following programs: 1. The College Board testing programs, administered through the Educational Testing Service CLEP in New York, New York, or DANTES in Pensacola, Florida; 2. Military experience, determined by the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces (American Council on Education); and 3. Credit by Demonstrated Competency, including seminars, workshops, on-the-job training, licenses, and demonstrated knowledge through Life Learning Papers.

Credit Hour

As found in the catalog, the standard academic year at John Wesley University consists of two semesters (fall/spring) followed by a summer session. For Financial Aid purposes, we consider the summer session to be a “trailer” to the standard academic year. The Carnegie model specifies one hour of instruction per week (plus two hours of out-of-class study time) for 15 weeks to equal one hour of credit. The 50-minute instruction period equates to 12.5 “clock” hours per credit hour over the semester (37.5 for a 3-hour course). When one factors into this the administrative duties of attendance, etc., the usable amount of time over the semester is just over thirty-three (33) hours. At John Wesley University, each semester is seventeen (17) weeks long, 16 of which involve class and test time. Teachers have the option of scheduling an exam during the last class period, planning for a special time slot beyond the last class period or having a practical final project/assignment that is to be completed as some specified time at the end of the semester. Keeping in mind the 33 hour minimum, and in order to meet changing student needs, within this 17-week semester John Wesley University offers a variety of schedules. These are as follows:

  1. Language courses meet twice a week for a minimum of 1.5 hrs per day for the entire semester. This gives them approximately 45 “clock” hours with the instructor per semester. (over the minimum)
  2. Standard courses meet once a week for a minimum of 160 minutes per day for the entire semester. This gives them approximately 40 “clock” hours with the instructor per semester. (over the minimum)
  3. 8-week format courses meet once a week for a minimum of 245 minutes per day for the 8 weeks of class. This gives a total of 33 instruction hours per course. (right at the minimum)
  4. Degree Completion accelerated format – These courses are designed for working adults who are working in fields related to the area of study. These courses are very programmed in that the student spends a minimum of 7-weeks involved in the course, 5 of which are directly with an instructor. In addition to the face to face “instruction time” which is about 21 hours the students are involved in out-of class small group, focus groups, online chat rooms, or forums (whatever is appropriate for the course). This instruction time usually involves 3 or more hours per week which makes the total instruction time between 36 and 40 hours per course.

In all of the programs, out-of-classroom study time is expected and required of all. The Freshman courses (the full-semester courses) tend to average between 6 and 7 hours per week. The more advanced courses (which tend to be offered in the 8-week format) will average between 13 and 15 hours per week. The degree completion format courses (depending on the student) will take anywhere from 15 to 20 hours per week of outside study time.

Academic Freedom

John Wesley University is committed to excellence in higher education. Academic freedom is essential to the achievement of this goal. The University supports and encourages freedom of thought and inquiry through teaching, research, discussion, and publication.

Faculty members may exercise freedom within the limits prescribed by the standards set by the Board of Trustees including the general standards and doctrinal statement. If, through the exercise of his/her academic freedom, a faculty member can no longer subscribe to the general standards and doctrinal statements of the University, s/he should seek employment elsewhere. Faculty members who choose not to resign when their views are in conflict with the University’s general standards and doctrinal statements will be terminated. In such cases, the procedures of Due Process will be followed as set forth in Part Three, Article IV, Section4 of the Faculty Bylaws.

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1215 Eastchester Drive
High Point, NC 27265

Phone: 336-887-3000
Fax: 336-889-2261
Toll Free: 855-528-7358

The University does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, or handicap in its educational programs, activities or employment. As a biblical university, we reserve the right to ask students, staff and faculty to comply with certain ethical and moral standards of conduct.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), John Wesley University provides disability accommodations on an individualized basis.

Those accommodations can include test adjustments, printed media reformatted to audio, course substitution, readers, tutors, note-takers, study groups and interpreters.