Before Ashley Johnson founded the College of the Evangelists on his grandfather’s farm in Kimberlin Heights, Tennessee, he developed and administered the Correspondence Bible College. This institution provided college-level Bible instruction by mail to nearly 3,000 people from 1886 to 1912. Through the decades, Johnson Bible College continued to provide correspondence courses by mail and eventually by internet.
Continuing in this distance-learning tradition, Johnson University is making available to the general public a college-level online course on the Acts of the Apostles. This course is intended for church leaders, Sunday School teachers, and other Christians who are motivated to learn about the book of Acts on a deeper, more advanced level. Course participants will not earn college credit; consequently, Johnson University is providing the course free of charge as a service to the church.
The designer and supervisor of the course is Dr. Gregory Linton, Professor of New Testament at Johnson University. A 1982 graduate of Johnson University, Dr. Linton earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Duke University. Later, he received a Master of Arts degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.
Dr. Linton has taught the book of Acts for 15 years in both undergraduate and graduate settings. He has taught online courses for more than a decade, and he brings that wealth of experience to this course. Though this course is a required course for the Bible major in the online Bachelor of Science program, Dr. Linton has revised it as an open-access course to make it accessible to a wider audience.
Participants can work through the course at their own pace, choosing which assignments they wish to complete. A suggested schedule is offered for those who may wish to complete the course in seven weeks. The course consists of fourteen learning units. Each unit includes reading assignments in two textbooks, narrated PowerPoints designed and recorded by Dr. Linton, and the option of posting responses to questions presented in the discussion forums. Learners can also take a midterm exam and final exam to assess the knowledge they have gained through the course of study.
Enrolling in the course is as simple as emailing
to express your interest in the course. He will enroll you in the course and send you instructions about how to get started. In the near future, Dr. Linton’s course on Pauline Literature will also be provided to the public as an open-access course.