Our Mission

We provide Christ-centered teaching and training that prepares students to lead meaningful lives that transform the world.

Our Faith

A deep faith in God is the foundation of Jacksonville College. We believe that no education is complete until a student understands who God is and how to relate to Him through His Son Jesus Christ.

Our Beliefs

Doctrinal beliefs influence all that the college does and teaches.

Jacksonville College recognizes certain basic tenets of the Christian faith. The following are basic doctrinal distinctives, but not exhaustive of all our beliefs. Our full doctrinal statement can be found here.

The Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God and is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice.

There is one and only one living and triune God. He is Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the Universe.

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation, Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

Man is God’s special creation, who created us male and female.

Salvation is the gracious act of God through faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone.

Believers are to mature in faith through discipleship and serve God and others through a New Testament Church.

Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth. Christ will judge all men according to His will.

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Our Commitment

Jacksonville College is committed to educational studies within a Jesus-centered perspective and the framework of a Christian worldview.

Such a view sees no dichotomy in truth, affirms that Biblical revelation and scientific inquiry are complementary rather than contradictory, and requires a recognition of a personal God revealed both in nature and in the person of Jesus Christ. Thus, all truth is regarded as God-given and is considered sacred. Truth should be pursued with diligence and received with humility.

Jacksonville College Chapel

Our Campus

Nestled in the beautiful, rolling hills of East Texas, Jacksonville College is located in Jacksonville, Texas, a city of almost 15,000 residents.

We are proud to call Jacksonville home. The city boasts several industries, a prosperous farming region, friendly people, an exemplary system of public schools, a national seminary, and many churches that are impacting our community.

Our History

Founded in 1899 by a group of East Texas Baptists, Jacksonville College has been dedicated to training the mind, body, and soul of young people ever since. Still located on its original site, the college has grown from a single building to a flourishing campus.

Jacksonville College Historical Image

Our Leaders

We’re proud of the legacy passed down to us from the line of faithful and godly men who have served Jacksonville College over the years.

Listed below are the Presidents and their terms of office:

J. V. Vermilion


B. J. Albritton


J. M. Newburn


J. V. Vermilion


F. D. Graves


H. R. Chapman


J. W. Hoppe


D. C. Dove


J. V. Vermilion


B. J. Albritton


J. W. Overall


C. R. Meadows


Gerald D. Kellar


Douglas L. Laird


Curtis M. Carroll


F. Donald Collins


H. Edwin Crank


W. Michael Smith




David Erickson