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Soccer Players & Servant Leadership

The mission of Jacksonville College is to provide a quality education from a biblical worldview that challenges minds, transforms lives, and equips students for servant leadership and lifelong learning. This Spring 2019, JC soccer students, under the leadership of Coach Martin Melchor, were actively involved in serving the local community in a variety of ways.

In February, the men’s and women’s soccer teams visited Jacksonville’s Angelina House senior living community to help celebrate the birthdays of residents with February birthdays. The students made special memories with the residents by singing with them, talking with them and encouraging them, and enjoying birthday refreshments with them.

Soccer players celebrate February birthdays for residents at the Angelina House in Jacksonville.

In March, soccer players read Dr. Seuss books to children from Fred Douglass, Joe Wright, West Side, and East Side elementary schools in Jacksonville as part of Read Across America Week.

Soccer player reading to elementary students during Read Across America Week

On April 2-4, during Autism Awareness Week, the soccer teams hosted life skills classes for special needs children from three Jacksonville elementary schools.

On Saturday, April 6, the athletes hosted the 2019 New Summerfield ACE Program Soccer Clinic for children from kindergarten through 8th grade. The Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program offers free afterschool programming to economically disadvantaged schools across the state, and the soccer clinic was a fun way for children to learn new skills and enjoy interacting with college soccer players.

2019 New Summerfield ACE Program Soccer Clinic

Jacksonville College is proud of our student athletes who volunteer to serve in the local community.

Life Groups

In November 2018, Jacksonville College began a program called Life Groups. The groups met once in the fall and three times in Spring 2019 during Chapel time to share the gospel and teach basic Bible truths, with topics including the authority of Scripture, God’s purpose in creation, the plan of salvation, sexual purity, and the importance of discipleship. Each student was assigned a group led by JC faculty and staff, and each group met in a designated location on campus. The same groups met together each time, and each Life Group meeting emphasized evangelism and spiritual growth through Bible study, discussion of Scripture, and prayer. Please continue to pray for Jacksonville College as we share the gospel with our students and disciple those who are Christians.

JC Hall of Honor

On February 23, Keith and Neatha Croft were named to the Jacksonville College Hall of Honor because of their loyal and generous support of the JC Athletic Department. Neatha is a Jacksonville College alumnus and former JC Alumni Liaison. Her husband, Keith, was a devoted educator. The two were active Jag Club members and enjoyed spending time together supporting the Jaguar basketball teams.

After retirement, the Crofts intended to continue attending Jaguar games together. However, those plans changed when Keith passed away in August 2016. Neatha chose to memorialize her husband with a monetary gift to Jaguar basketball. She continues to be an active Jag Club member and avid Jaguar fan.

Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We are thankful that God uses supporters like the Crofts to supply the needs of Jacksonville College.

Upcoming Events

Summer and Fall Terms 2019

Registration is ongoing for Summer 1 and 2 and Fall 2019.

New Student Registration: May 18 and July 19

Visit for a list of course offerings.

2019 Summer Sessions (REDUCED TUITION RATES):

Summer 1: June 4-July 1

Summer 2: July 8-August 1

Fall 2019: August 14-December 5

For more information, contact Admissions at, (903) 586-2518.

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