Local organization serves college students

EDITOR’S NOTE: Royal Scribe reporters visited with some of the people helping and being helped by the organizations students interacted with on K-15. This is the story of one such family.

On Sept. 30, groups of students from Johnson University set out to various Knoxville locations with a mission of spreading love to the community. One group made its way to serve at an organization which in turn meets the needs of local college students.

About three hundred feet south of the popular Cumberland Strip, Christian Student Fellowship’s campus house sits within the borders of the University of Tennessee, one of the biggest party schools in the area.

Just inside the two-level brick building, associate campus minister Patrick Willis sits at a double-tiered desk topped with various Star-Trek and movie memorabilia. He admits to having a particular affinity for superheroes, indicating the significance of each item in his collection.

“Everything on the desk that is geeky or nerdy are the things my wife wouldn’t let me display at home,” Patrick points out jokingly.

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Children of Knoxville find oasis in Water Angels

EDITOR’S NOTE: Royal Scribe reporters visited with some of the people helping and being helped by the organizations students interacted with on K-15. This is the story of one such family.

The crammed together houses in the neighborhoods of east Knoxville scream out as the forgotten child waits for his mother to come back.

The child tries to support himself without anyone’s help, but falls into the stream of inevitability of the worldly life. In the end, he is still a child that needs help.

Growing up in east Knoxville Charles Drew was in need of support in his walk of life.

His own strength was not always enough. After a recent incarceration, Drew was in need of someone to support him in the trials after his release.

Water Angels Ministry in east Knoxville was there for Drew when he needed help.

Drew was placed in the House of Grace, the men’s residence at Water Angels Ministry, where men can go through a six month rehabilitation.

Water Angels Ministry provides residents for men and women to keep each other accountable in their walk.

Drew and the other members are able to minister not only to each other, but also serve the community by feeding and clothing them. Drew said that he believes that serving them helps the people to recover from their own issues.

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Johnson students learn about Pioneer Bible Translator


The recruitment team shortly after speaking in Mr. Brewer’s class.

IMG_1767Imagine not having a Bible in your own language. The idea may seem completely foreign to many, but for several around the world it is a reality for them.


Ashley Curtis signing up to receive more information.

A few students and some faculty from Johnson University are going on the Pioneer Bible Translator trip this weekend to learn more about the Pioneer Bible Translator program itself, and to see if they would be interested in this type of work in the mission field in the future.

Pioneer Bible Translator’s goal is to do a mix of Bible translating with church planting, because there is an abundance of people around the world who do not have a Bible that is in their native tongue. One of the speakers recalls a time when one elderly man told her how if the Bible was never translated into his language, he would have never become a Christian.

This past Friday, students in Mr. Brewer’s Encountering Cultures class who were not participating at the retreat in Sevierville got a taste of what it looks like to take part in a team who goes out to unreached people groups and translates the Bible in different languages.

The class had the chance to participate in an exercise to see what kind of positions are available to work in the missionary field.

The recruitment team put one student in front of the class to represent an unreached people group, and then they continued to describe the various roles that needed to be filled in order to help this particular people group. The exercise helped the class open up their eyes to see what Pioneer Bible Translators is all about.

There are many areas of work in Pioneer Bible Translators, such as a surveyor, Bible Translator, health care worker, andIT Specialists in Bible Translating.

Students who have a budding desire to see what a career at Pioneer Bible Translators could be like can apply for an internship with Pioneer Bible Translators. Internships last for ten weeks throughout the summer.


K-15: Kiwanis East Head Start Preschool gets organized with help from student volunteers


Students enjoying each other’s company in Johnson University’s own bus.

Like most of the students that ventured into Knoxville on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, the group that set out for Kiwanis East Head Start Preschool for the day of service had no idea what to expect.

The group of twelve, consisting primarily of freshmen guys, was led by RA Magnes J. Lewis III.

“[SGA President] Matt Shears is a good friend of mine and he knew I was certified to drive vehicles for school,” said Lewis as he reminisced over driving the group around in one of the school’s fifteen-passenger vans.

He went on to say that he was glad Shears trusted him to do a good job of leading the group, even though he is not a member of SGA.

When the group finally arrived, they entered the building and were immediately met by a crowd of preschoolers, all extremely excited to be on their way to the playground.


Magnes Lewis and JT Daugherty taking inventory.

The children, however, were not what this group of students would spend their day with.

They were immediately split up into three groups, each group having a particular job to do that was specifically requested by the staff.

One group was tasked with cleaning out and organizing a closet so they could take inventory of the carseats inside.

The students made what was once an almost inaccessible room spacious and organized.


Will Wilson vigorously sweeping leaves from the patio.

Another group was tasked with cleaning up the playground area by sweeping the leaves off the patio and organizing the various toys the school owns.


Nate Seevers and Jordan VandenHeuvel lift Zack Griggs and Josey Waggoner to clean the higher windows.

“It’s great to be able to reach out with our school.” said freshman David Skow as he swept. “I like being able to help the community and impact it in positive way.”

The last group was put in charge of wiping down the outside of all the windows and doors.

Given there was no ladder provided, the students had to get a little creative to clean the hard to reach places.

By the time all three groups had finished their jobs, it was a lunch time. Everyone then headed to the bus to eat their prepackaged meals.

After a well needed twenty minute break, the group was led away from the school building to a storage building that looked as though it had not been entered for a long time.


Logan Canaday looking for a place to stash a trash can.

All twelve members of the group were able to stick together this time as they were tasked with the job of organizing the various items within the building.

Tedious as this last job was, freshman Logan Canaday found joy in the work.

“I feel like they wouldn’t have asked us to come here [and do this] if it wouldn’t make some sort of a difference,” Canaday commented as he helped move the furniture. “I’m very happy to be here and I hope everyone that helped out today enjoyed it.”

When the group was finished organizing the building, two members of the preschool staff walked up and personally thanked them for their hard work.

Blown away by the amount and quality of work the group accomplished, the staff had each of them write down their addresses so they could send them thank you letters in the mail.


Creatively decorated cork board found near the entrance of the preschool.

“I feel like we accomplished everything that we needed to and then a little some,” said Lewis at the end of the day. “Even though we didn’t get [assigned] a ton of work, we got everything done that we needed to, and they were very enthused [by] the work that we did.”

Kiwanis East Head Start Preschool got a little cleaner and a little more organized this past Wednesday, and this is all due to the hard work of the students at Johnson University.  


Announcement: Curfew extended on campus

Curfew has been extended by 30 minutes on weekdays.  The new curfew code is Friday through Sunday– 1 a.m.; Monday– 12 a.m.; Tuesday–11 p.m.; Wednesday through Thursday– 12 a.m.

If a student has any questions regarding the new curfew, they are to see either their RAs or a dorm dad/mom.


French Movie nights at Johnson are Très bien!

Venir à la soirée cinéma Français à Johnson! In other words, ‘come to French movie night at Johnson!’ During the months of October and November, French movies will be shown in room 155 of the Russell Preaching Center every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with an exception for fall break.27633_ori

The movies are absolutely gratis, ‘free of charge,’ but for fundraising purposes there will be a concession stand for Johnson students to buy some snacks during the movie.

The first French movie night was held on October 2nd.

The first movie to show was Les Choristes, which translates to ‘The Chorus’ in English.

Les Choristes is a 2004 French film directed by Christophe Barratier. The plot involves the successful orchestra conductor, Pierre Morhange, who returns to France after his mother passes away. He and his childhood classmate, Pépinot, reminisce about their childhood and end up reading the diary of Clément Mathieu, their former music teacher.

Pierre Morhange attends the boarding institution, Fond de l’Étang, ran by the abusive and strict warden, Mr. Rachin, who ends up being fired for his treatment of the boys.

concessions for students to enjoy.

concessions for students to enjoy.

Clément Mathieu tries to bring a new opportunity to the boys and assembles a choir within the institution regardless of it being forbidden. Through this choir, Morhange discovers he has a true musical talent and can have a better life after all.

Throughout the movie, Clément Mathieu uses music to have a positive impact on the boys despite their current situations. The movie has an interesting story line and keeps the audience engaged, despite of the language difference.

“After watching the movie for a while I got use to the language difference,” Maci Hughlett said.

If you are a person that is not so fluent in French you can still enjoy the movie because there are English subtitles. For those that find subtitles to be a bit distracting, Zach Griggs found them to not take away from the quality of the movie.

“I didn’t mind the subtitles; the movie was still good with them,” he said.

Overall, Les Choristes was an enjoyable movie that had positive feedback from the Johnson Students that attended.

“I really liked the movie. I thought it was really good,” Katie Reichart said.

French Lecturer at Johnson, Paulette Prinston, is excited for the students at Johnson to experience a culture that might be different from their own.

Sign pointing to movie night location.

Sign pointing to movie night location.

“I’m excited that we have the opportunity to bring French to all Johnson students,” she said. “I would like for all students to come experience this because it shows how other cultures make movies differently and it also gives students a chance to practice the language.”

The upcoming French movie nights will be held on October 8th, 15th, and 29th, and on November 5th, 12th, and 19th.


Johnson Preview Days start off well at Johnson University

Johnson’s first Preview Day got off to a great start, attracting 20 high school students to view the school and learn more about it.

During a Preview Day at Johnson University, high school students take a Friday to come and visit the campus.  They see an admissions presentation, tour the campus, eat lunch with the faculty, learn about financial aid, and get to meet the multiple clubs on campus.

Students were mainly interested in the majors of teacher education, public health, and music and management.

Despite the small turnout this past Preview Day, with only 20 students and 29 non-students, the first Preview Day is always the smallest.  There are currently over 30 students registered for the next Preview Day.

The next Preview Day on the Tennessee campus will be October 9th, followed by another November 6th.  The next semester has Preview Days on February 12th and March 11th.  The Florida campus has Preview Days on November 13th, February 19th, and April 8th.


Johnson takes steps to discourage students from quarry jumping


The Fort Dickerson Park quarry

One popular activity for the Knoxville community, including Johnson students, is to visit the Blount Avenue quarry at Fort Dickerson Park.

The park is a major attraction in Knoxville, but the activity of cliff jumping is illegal. Although cliff jumping is illegal, public swimming is still legal at Fort Dickerson Park.

The park provides the Knoxville community with a refreshing beautiful body of water to swim in and a nice escape into nature.

On September 16th, the Student Life announced that quarry jumping is against the law in an attempt to discourage Johnson students from jumping off the cliffs and into the quarry.

In this year alone, three people have died as a result of jumping into the Blount Avenue quarry at Fort Dickerson Park. This issue brings many concerns to the community, especially at Johnson University.

The dangers of the quarry are just as real as it is fun to jump into the water. Jumping from heights that are 80 feet or more can result in serious injuries or even death if the jumper does not use extreme caution.

Some Students at Johnson feel that quarry jumping is an exciting activity to do, and they are upset that it is illegal.

“People are aware that it’s illegal, but I guess it’s just a fun thing to do for some people,” Lindsey Tenholder, a freshman at Johnson University, remarked.

Some people feel that quarry jumping should not be illegal as long as jumpers are cautious and aware of the concequences.

“I think that if it is done safely then it should be okay for people to jump,” Kelsey Nickel said.

Senior at Johnson University, Matt Flowers, thinks that quarry jumping being illegal is for the good of the community.

“It’s smart considering people have died,” Flowers said.

Due to the deep waters and unknown rocks that lie underneath, swimmers are advised to take caution even when they are just swimming in the quarry. It is best to swim at your own risk.

Two other activities that are legal for the community include hiking and biking. If you are in need of a place to park for the quarry, most people park at the Fort Dickerson Greenway parking lot at 520 Augusta St.

The Fort Dickerson Park will continue to serve the Knoxville community as a public destination to use the resources of nature responsibly.

View of the quarry's vast beauty

View of the quarry’s vast beauty


A video look back at K-15

Students at Johnson University participated in the annual K-day on Sept. 30 throughout Knoxville. The K-15 event is an opportunity for students to reach out into the community by exemplifying Christian selflessness and participating in a plethora of different activities that impact the overall Knoxville community.


High school seniors preview the JUFL life

Sophomore Krissy Kent and Junior Jenna Weirda laugh at some of the more comical talent show performances.

Sophomore Krissy Kent and Junior Jenna Weirda laugh at some of the more comical talent show performances.

By Elisabeth Clevenger

and Christian Arnold

KISSIMMEE — Senior Salute gives high school students the opportunity to really experience the excitement and reality of Johnson University Florida campus life. On Thursday and Friday, JUFL housed 29 high school students for Senior Salute, giving them a personalized brief glimpse of college.

Highlights for this two-day event, hosted by the Admissions department, include the annual talent show, a night of worship and a chance to sample university classes.

Greg Wasden, Brandon Welch, Connor Wood, Dominick Jenkins and Taylor Wood lead worship.

Greg Wasden, Brandon Welch, Connor Wood, Dominick Jenkins and Taylor Wood lead worship.

On Thursday night, the event kicked off with the annual and beloved talent show.

“The talent show is such a great opportunity for potential JUFL students to witness the fun times we have on campus and the supportive atmosphere here at Johnson,” said sophomore Amanda Bolen, one of the judges for this year’s talent show.

This year show included a variety of dancing, spoken word, original songs and cover medleys. O

Winners of this year’s show were Greg Castin, a high school senior who led the crowd in a hymn, and current JUFL student and dancer Maggie Dexter.

After the talent show, more than 90 students gathered for refreshments.

JUFL Senior Ian Daniels brought the message for the Night of Worship session reminding us of practical ways we can love others and share the Gospel message with them.

JUFL Senior Ian Daniels brought the message for the Night of Worship session reminding us of practical ways we can love others and share the Gospel message with them.

Students were served coffee by members of our SGA, and then participated in worship led by a student and alumni band.

Senior Ian Daniels spoke on the importance of loving God and loving others, reminding students that “people take notice when you serve them.”

After getting to know some new faces, visitors got to experience a night of dorm life and, on Friday, had the chance to sit in and attend classes as if they were students.

“Senior Salute is a great way to experience college life and worship God all at the same time,” high school senior Nicole Kubizme said.

One of the classes seniors had the opportunity of attending was Fundamentals of Christian Faith, taught by Professor Joe Gordan.

One of the classes seniors had the opportunity of attending was Fundamentals of Christian Faith, taught by Professor Joe Gordan.

Along with attending classes, high school students had the opportunity to question two different panels about their questions, curiosities and concerns — one panel made of of current JUFL students and the other one of faculty and staff.