Pensacola Christian College was established in 1974, primarily as a Christian liberal arts college, and it is dedicated to maintaining the highest academic standards and presenting the vital issues of the day in light of Scripture.
From its inception, Pensacola Christian College has been committed to excellence as a Christian educational institution which glorifies Christ as the source of all wisdom and knowledge and educates students based on biblical values.
Faculty and staff hired by Pensacola Christian College must be dedicated to training young people for serving God. All Pensacola Christian College employees must be born-again Christians and agree with our Mission Statement, Doctrinal Position, Philosophy of Education, and Faculty & Staff Commitments. Additionally, faculty members are hired based on professional credentials, education experience, and Christian testimony, as well as perceived ability to succeed performing the General Faculty Duties.
Prospective employees interested in working for a vibrant, exciting ministry should submit their résumé along with a brief Christian testimony and a cover letter stating their career objective and how they heard about the job opportunity to:
P.O. Box 17023
Pensacola, FL 32522
(850) 494-6793 (fax)
- Philosophy of
- Faculty & Staff
- General Faculty
Our mission is promote the cause of Christ by providing a distinctively Christian-traditional, liberal arts education that develops students spiritually, intellectually, morally, culturally, and socially. The College has its own unique personality, character, and philosophy of education in line with its mission.
Our purpose in both undergraduate and graduate programs is to produce Christian leaders who are knowledgeable, articulate, moral, dedicated to excellence, and committed to serving Jesus Christ as they learn to influence the world by applying biblical principles in their chosen field and daily life. Courses and programs may be developed which are consistent with the founding mission.
Our objectives relate to the purpose and central theme of educating the Christian to make his life distinctively Christian. General objectives are for the graduate of Pensacola Christian to be
- academically and intellectually competent in his chosen field of study;
- knowledgeable and capable of rightly dividing the Word and truth of God in biblical studies;
- equipped to take the gospel message to the world through a testimony in character and example.
Specifically, the following educational objectives will be met by students enrolled in Pensacola Christian College’s major fields of study:
- Biblical—The student will be provided with knowledge of the Bible in line with the Articles of Faith, and the skills necessary to communicate the inspired Word of God, which is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” 2 Tim. 3:16–17.
- Academic—The student will be provided educational training from a biblical perspective which will be:
- a general education in the arts and sciences;
- practical in application;
- experiential in nature;
- designed to make the student competent and prepared in his field; and
- designed to thoroughly equip the student to pursue graduate studies.
- Spiritual—The student will be provided with spiritual leadership and experience to increase his dedication to Jesus Christ.
- The student will be able to share Christ with others and the world.
- The student will be grounded in biblical teaching regarding the God-ordained institutions of the home, church, and government.
- The student will be provided training which promotes biblical morality.
- Cultural—The student will be provided with the opportunities to cultivate:
- a sensitivity to the spiritual needs of the world;
- a commitment to the Christian way of life;
- appreciation for fine arts and social skills which enrich life; and
- a desire to serve the community.
Each faculty member must be in agreement with the Articles of Faith below. Articles of Faith are usually brief and cover the essential doctrines of the faith. The length of these articles does not indicate that the College does not have a position on other areas. Occasionally, divisive doctrinal issues are raised, and these issues are handled as they arise.
Pensacola Christian College takes a definite stand against the ecumenical movement, the charismatic movement, and other movements that tend to cause confusion and division among those who support the fundamentals of the historic Christian faith.
Every Christian has the responsibility of evangelizing the unsaved. It has been the observation at Pensacola Christian College that those who take a stand for Calvinism tend to spend their time discussing these beliefs instead of accepting their responsibility of witnessing. Therefore, we do not permit faculty, staff, or students to promote Calvinistic beliefs.
Pensacola Christian College is committed to the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Bible, and it is our practice to use only the King James Version in the pulpit and in classroom instruction. We believe the Textus Receptus is a superior text, and it is used for Greek instruction.
Articles of Faith
We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired and infallible, authoritative Word of God and that God gave the words of Scripture by inspiration without error in the original autographs. God promises that He will preserve His Word; Jesus said, “my words shall not pass away” (Matt. 24:35). We believe God has kept that promise by preserving His infallible Word in the traditional Hebrew and Greek manuscripts and that the Authorized Version (KJV) is an accurate English translation of the preserved Word of God.
We believe there is one triune God, eternally existent in the persons of Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit; these three are one in essence, but distinct in person and function.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, became the physical manifestation of the Godhead to mankind. The earthly genealogy of Jesus may be traced through Joseph’s line to Adam (Matt. 1:1–16) and through Mary's line to Abraham (Luke 3:23–38). We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, and His bodily resurrection.
We believe in the burial, bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb, and His ascension into Heaven. (I Cor. 15:1–4).
We affirm that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, the Agent of conviction, regeneration, indwelling, baptism, sanctification, and illumination of all who are born into God’s family through Jesus Christ. We are opposed to the charismatic movement and its tongues and other sign manifestations.
We believe God created the heavens and earth in six literal days, and that God created all life (Gen. 1). We reject the man-made theory of evolution occurring over millions of years and believe the earth is 6,000 years old. We believe that man was created in the image of God but chose to sin. Hence, all persons inherit a depraved nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation.
We believe that God created man and woman and instituted marriage between one man and one woman, as a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church (I Cor. 7:1–17, Heb. 13:4, Matt. 19: 3–12, Eph. 5:22–33).
We believe Christ’s blood, shed on Calvary, is the only Atonement for man’s sin (I Pet. 1:18–19, I John 1:9, John 14:6). We believe that salvation is a free gift of God for “whosoever will”; it is by grace, through faith, plus nothing, and believers are eternally secure. Salvation is received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work. “Whosoever will” may come to Christ; God does not pre-elect persons to heaven or hell.
We believe the spiritual unity of the body of Christ, called the Church, is composed of all born-again believers who have by faith accepted Jesus Christ as Savior (Eph. 2:8–22, 3:1–21, 4:4–16, 5:23–32). God has ordained the local church for the perpetuation of His truth and work in the world. The two ordinances of the local church are baptism by immersion and a regular observance of the Lord’s Supper by believers.
We believe Scripture regarding Satan, who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven with a host of angels who followed him (Isa. 14:13–14). He introduced sin to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1–13). He continues to turn people from truth and against God (I Pet. 5:8). Eternal hell was created for Satan, his demons, and people who do not believe in God (Rev. 20:10).
We believe that the believer is called to a life of consecration which requires increasing in the knowledge of Christ and growing in grace (Col. 1:10, II Pet. 3:18, John 15:4–5).
We believe the will of God for all believers is to give evidence of sanctification to the world through being honorable in all relations with others (Rom. 12:1–2, I Thess. 4:3, James 1:27).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost: those that are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in heaven and those that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation in a literal lake of fire.
We believe in the imminent, pre-Tribulation return of Jesus Christ for all believers. The Rapture of the saints will be followed by a seven year Tribulation, after which Christ will return in glory to judge the world and set up His millennial reign on earth.
Philosophy of Education
Education is based on the Christian-traditional philosophy in contrast to humanistic, progressive systems of education. Christian-traditional education is rooted in objective reality and absolutes, as opposed to relativism. The Christian-traditional philosophy provides students the programs and methods of studies that impart Christian character development, communicative skills, and subject matter in harmony with God’s truth in various academic disciplines. The objective of Christian-traditional education is to present the Christian framework for each student to be articulate, knowledgeable, and with Christian character.
We believe the content of Christian education must be in harmony with “whatsoever things are true,… honest,… just,… pure, [and]… lovely” (Phil. 4:8). We believe that classroom methods should be faculty-directed (Deut. 6:7), with the student acquiring knowledge through studying (2 Tim. 2:15), researching (John 5:39), reasoning (Acts 24:25), relating (Luke 24:27), and recording (3 John 12).
Scripture gives the true view of God and man. God is an orderly Personality. He created man and the universe and is the Author of order, reason, and reality that are reflected in the universe. All truth is God’s truth.
Christian education must deal with the social and the spiritual, as well as the academic dimensions of the student. Academic programs of Pensacola Christian College are only a part of the educational process of college life. The essence of a disciple of Christ is self-denial (Titus 2:12) and self-discipline. The chapel platform and the Campus Church pulpit are vital to the Christian training program. Classroom instruction supports and reinforces that training. Students are taught the Christian philosophy of life so they are armed “lest any man spoil [him] through philosophy and vain deceit” (Col. 2:8).
Through Christian education, the student must be brought to “unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). The graduate is then able to be an effective witness for Christ, and is academically equipped in a free society to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in daily life.
Faculty & Staff Commitments
Pensacola Christian College is committed to excellence as a Christian educational institution which glorify Christ as the source of all wisdom and knowledge, and educates students based on biblical values. The Administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated to training young people for serving God.
Because our education is Christ-centered, our employees recognize their responsibility to be role models both on and off campus. Having a sense of the need for an environment conducive to spiritual growth has led Pensacola Christian College to adopt standards consistent with values that promote the spiritual welfare of its students. Each member of the College community must conduct himself according to moral and ethical principles found in Scripture.
Pensacola Christian College exists to provide an education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of godly living. The Administration, faculty, staff, and students at Pensacola Christian College voluntarily agree to live the principles as taught in the Bible.
We desire to honor God and strive to be characterized as true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and worthy of praise and to think on those things (Phil. 4:8). With individual commitment, Pensacola Christian College seeks to demonstrate in daily living the virtues of God’s Word, which include being honest, living a life that is chaste and dedicated to God, and giving respect to others.
The Bible places a great emphasis on the importance of moral purity (I Cor. 6:18–20, I Thess. 4:3–7). Employees of Pensacola Christian College strive to maintain purity in action, appearance, and mind (I John 3:3). The Lord has provided the blessing of sexuality to married couples (Heb. 13:4), one man and one woman united for life (Gen. 2:24–25, Rom. 7:2, 1 Cor. 7:10, Eph. 5:22–23). Any lifestyle that participates in or promotes sexual activity outside the marriage union, including immorality in the heart (such as viewing or possessing pornography: Psalm 101:3, Job 31:1, Matt. 5:28, Eph. 5:12) and sexual perversion (such as adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, and lesbianism: Lev. 18:22, Rom. 1:26–27, I Cor. 6:9–10, Eph. 5:31, Jude 7), is unacceptable in God’s eyes and is not permitted for an employee of this ministry.
For their spiritual well-being as well as for the corporate testimony of this ministry, employees of Pensacola Christian College regularly attend Campus Church services.
We believe the following practices do not contribute to spiritual growth and development and would destroy a Christian’s personal testimony and damage the testimony of the ministry with students, for whom the employees are role models, and with the surrounding community: smoking, dancing, card playing, gambling, using liquor in any form, attending movie theaters or watching violent, “PG,” “R,” or “X” rated movies, attending meetings of secret societies, and listening to rock music, etc.
General Faculty Duties
Faculty are hired as academic year (10 month) contract employees following the same procedures as any other employee in the ministry. In addition, professional credentials, education, and experience are considered when hiring and placing faculty members.
In general, college faculty are expected to
- Prepare excellent courses taught from a Christian perspective;
- Train students to serve the Lord in their particular field of study
- Subscribe to and advocate the Pensacola Christian College Articles of Faith and Standards of Conduct;
- Serve as a Christian role model to students including being regular in attendance at Campus Church, chapel, Bible Conference, and other official functions as required;
- Prepare lessons that are practical in application and experiential in nature that will make the student competent and prepared for his field;
- Comply with Pensacola Christian College guidelines regarding faculty duties and requirements;
- Participate willingly in committees, administrative assignments, and chaperoning student events;
- Teach an assigned academic load as determined by Administration;
- Advise students in academic pursuits;
- Keep abreast of current trends and advances in his field;
- Evaluate student achievement impartially and in accordance to college guidelines;
- Maintain office hours.