Welcome to Johnstown State University — your Christ-centered partner in higher education. Whether online or on campus, students enrolled in a Johnstown State University degree program benefit from a faith-based education that immerses them in a student-focused learning community. Our curriculum enables students to discover and develop a Spirit-empowered life that’s driven by learning and leadership.

Mission Statement

Equipping students to discover and develop their divine design to serve Christ and the world through Spirit-empowered life, learning, and leadership.

Vision Statement

Johnstown State University is anchored by Spirit-empowered education in a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community. Johnstown State’s global impact is marked by a deep commitment to transforming minds and engaging culture through the integration of faith, learning, and service. Each student’s divine design is nurtured and unleashed through the investment of faculty and staff, relationships within the community, the rigor of scholarship, diverse learning experiences, and the discipline of spiritual formation, which propels students into a lifetime of serving the world in the Spirit of Christ.


In addition to our mission and vision statement, we hold fundamental truths about the Christian faith that include:


The Scriptures are inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.

There is only one true God who is revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).

Jesus Christ, as God’s son, was both fully human and divine.

We are proud of our affiliation with the Assemblies of God and our Pentecostal tradition. We are also proud to be a welcoming community for students from all Christian backgrounds and denominations. Our campus includes many Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, etc., as well as non-denominational students. Everyone shares a strong commitment to knowing Christ and making Him known.

Who We Are

At Johnstown State University, we are committed to transforming minds through faith, learning, and service. We nurture you along your divine path through investing in faculty and staff, strong relationships within the community, rigorous scholarship, diverse learning experiences, and disciplined spiritual formation that propels you toward a lifetime of serving Christ.


While we are affiliated with the Assemblies of God and rooted in a Pentecostal tradition, we are proud to be a welcoming community for students from all Christian backgrounds and denominations.

History: A Proud Tradition

We have been training servant leaders since our founding in 1935 as the Alabama Shield of Faith Institute. Through the 20th and into the 21st century, Johnstown State has changed locations, expanded programs and buildings and graduated talented, dedicated servant leaders who have engaged the culture and made an influence for Jesus Christ.