Johnson to host homecoming 2017

KNOXVILLE — Johnson University’s annual homecoming celebration is just a few weeks away. Each year the campus takes on a different energy as alumni return to campus.

Homecoming is slated for Feb. 21-23.

The theme of this year’s homecoming will be “A Heart for God.”

“This week, we celebrate the school’s history and future with alumni, students, faculty/staff, friends and leaders,” Rachelle Baggett, event coordinator for homecoming, said.

Randy Harris, a professor of Bible, missions and ministry at Abilene Christian University, is this year’s keynote speaker. Harris will be speaking alongside well known Johnson University professors Brent Brewer, Jody Owens and Daniel Overdorf.

The worship leaders will include Dean of Chapel Bill Wolf, Brent Weaver and Johnson’s Tour Choir.

Workshops for this year’s homecoming are Developing Mission Partnerships in the Local Church, Developing Worship in the Local Church, Developing Disciples in the Local Church and Developing A Heart For Leadership: Ideas Worth Sharing.

Along with main sessions and workshops much more is happening behind the scenes.

Homecoming also includes many class reunions, an international food festival, a Global Learning Center ribbon cutting ceremony and a student/alumni floor hockey game.

This years class reunions will include the classes of 2012, 2007, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977 and 1967 years.

Students can expect many visitors on campus and have February 21 and 22 off from class.

“Students will be able to build relationships and network with great ministries and organizations that will open doors to new opportunities and interests,” Baggett said.

Many guests stay in campus housing, giving student an opportunity to get to know alumni.

“We will have many guests on campus — some of whom will be staying in both dorms,” Matt Shears, Director of Alumni Relations, said.

Shears asks that students get to know the visitors and learn about Johnson’s past.

Any non students wanting to attend this event can register online at

Any questions can be directed to Johnson University’s advancement office at 865-251-2226.

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