Faulkner University
Former names
Montgomery Bible School (1942–1953)
Alabama Christian College (1953–1985)
MottoFor God and For You
TypePrivate university
Established1942; 82 years ago (1942)
Religious affiliation
Churches of Christ
Endowment$15.3 million (2020)[1]
PresidentDennis Mitchell Henry
Academic staff

32°23′8″N 86°13′2″W / 32.38556°N 86.21722°W / 32.38556; -86.21722
CampusUrban, 74 acres (0.30 km2)
ColorsBlue & White[2]
Sporting affiliations
NAIASSAC (primary)
NAIA – Mid-South (football only)

Faulkner University is a private Christian university in Montgomery, Alabama. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.


The university was founded in 1942 by Dr. Rex Turner, Dr. Leonard Johnson and Joe Greer as Montgomery Bible School. In 1953 the school's name was changed to Alabama Christian College ('ACC)'. In 1965, the college was moved to its present location on Atlanta Highway. The year 1975 marked the beginning of the school's satellite campuses in Mobile, Huntsville and Birmingham. In 1985, the school was renamed Faulkner University in honor of James H. Faulkner, a longtime supporter and chairman of the board.

V.P. Black School of Biblical Studies
Gus Nichols Library


Faulkner University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, a doctorate in humanities, a doctorate in biblical studies, and juris doctor degrees.[3]

Tuition and financial aid

In the 2017-2018 award year, Faulkner University had 1,700 students receiving Federal Pell Grants, totaling $7,229,388.[4]


The Faulkner athletic teams are called the Eagles. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC; formerly known as Georgia–Alabama–Carolina Conference (GACC) until after the 2003–04 school year) for most of their sports since the 1999–2000 academic year; while its football team competes in the Sun Division of the Mid-South Conference (MSC), starting since the 2016 fall season.[5][6]

They were also a member of the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA), primarily competing as an independent in the South Region of the Division I level; which they won the national championship in baseball in 2001.[7]

Faulkner competes in 12 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball. Club sports include bass fishing, cheerleading and eSports.[8]

Notable alumni and faculty


Graduate programs


Faulkner operates the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, with between 200 and 300 students.[11][12] The school of law was provisionally accredited by the American Bar Association in 2006, and fully accredited in 2009.[13]


The Kearley Graduate School of Theology, which opened the fall of 2013, offers students Masters of Arts degrees in Biblical Theology,[14] as well as a low-residency PhD in Biblical Studies.[15]


Faulkner University teaches from the canon of literature known as the Great Books of the Western World. Students attending Faulkner University are able to obtain a low-residency master's degree or a PhD in the Humanities through the university's Honors College.[16][17]

See also


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Faulkner 2015 Brand Standards & Guidelines (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 30, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "sacs members" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2011.
  4. ^ "Distribution of Federal Pell Grant Program Funds by Institution and Award Year". www2.ed.gov. February 26, 2020. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  5. ^ Wilson, Michael (February 25, 2016). "Local teams officially join Mid-South football conference". The Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "Members". Thesunconference.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "Faulkner announces resignation of football coach, athletic director Brent Barker". June 12, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Baseball - Monday, May 16 - NAIA Baseball Opening Round - Montgomery Bracket". Faulkner Eagles.
  9. ^ "BRIGHT, Bobby Neal Sr. (1952 – )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "Marcus Brimage UFC Profile". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Archived from the original on July 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law". National Jurist. Archived from the original on March 25, 2017.
  12. ^ Zaretsky, Staci (July 24, 2015). "Lafayette Movie Theater Gunman Was A Law School Graduate". Above the Law.
  13. ^ "Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law". Law School Admission Council. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016.
  14. ^ Matheny, J. Randal (April 26, 2013). "Faulkner University Forms New Graduate School of Theology, Honors F. Furman Kearley". Brotherhood News. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "Faulkner University". Education Corner. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "Master of Arts in Humanities". Faulkner University. Archived from the original on July 7, 2017.
  17. ^ "Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities". Faulkner University. Archived from the original on November 8, 2016.