The idea for Jacksonville College was launched in January 1899 in a pastor’s home after prayers and a collection of $23.00 was taken. Later in the spring, The East Texas Educational Society was formed. In June 1899, they applied for a charter for Jacksonville College and in July 1899, eighteen acres were bought for the construction of the College. The purpose of founding the College was to provide an education for the Youth of East Texas. Ever since 1899, Jacksonville College has ministered for Christ under “One Name, One Location, and One Purpose.” While the College has experienced many difficult years, JC has also received many blessings.
Jacksonville College is the only two year, faith based college left in the state of Texas. Other such colleges have closed their doors as community colleges have opened up throughout Texas. These community colleges receive local tax support as well as state and federal financial assistance. Jacksonville College does not receive any local tax dollars. JC is dependent upon God and His people, churches, and Associations for support. This financial base has decreased in recent years as churches have closed and/or decreased in size and giving ability. Jacksonville College also depends upon student enrollment and upon each student paying for his or her education.
We have had to make some changes to meet the demands of providing a quality education that challenges minds and transforms lives. We need your prayers, we need your financial gifts, and we need you to help us recruit students for Jacksonville College.
We are the only Christian junior college in Texas, and even as the culture around us rejects God’s authority, we remain dedicated to promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of God in all that we do and teach. As the new semester begins, please pray for the faculty, staff, and students of Jacksonville College.
Jag Jam 2015: Students in dark blue are some of the freshman who attended JC Freshman Orientation, and students kneeling on the front are JC student volunteers.
After JC faculty and staff were introduced during the first Chapel service of Fall 2015, attendees joined in prayer for the new semester.
Students enjoying singing during the first Chapel service of the semester
9:30 a.m. JC Choir sings at Humble Area’s First Baptist Church
JC Choir sings the national anthem at the 1:10 Houston Astros game at Minute Made Park
6:00 p.m. JC Choir sings at First Baptist Church New Caney