Many donors have given generously to this campaign, and we’re excited to name sections of the Athletic & Recreation Complex and the Commons/Cafe in their honor!
The Athletic and Recreation Complex and the Graham Center are hubs for student life on campus, buildings that build community among students, faculty, and staff.
These buildings attract new students and extend our efforts in academics and ministry. They also provide opportunities for students to build the healthy habits and strong friendships they’ll need for a lifetime of Christian service.
Johnson students bring their whole lives to campus, and the Athletic & Recreation Complex and the Graham Center will create opportunities for a holistic education that helps them grow physically, spiritually, socially, and intellectually.
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52, NIV).
From its inception, the purpose of the Athletic and Recreation Complex (ARC), including the Graham Center, was to provide gathering space for the Johnson campus community. Creating a space such as this that appeals to the entire student body provides opportunity for social get-togethers, student events such as coffee house programs and concerts, fitness and wellness opportunities, athletic competition, classes and study groups, and meals together. These gatherings are essential to developing the type of community that fosters deep friendships, a shared commitment to Christ, and unity of mission.
The Commons Dining Hall and Café opened in 2018 and has become a central gathering spot on the JUFL campus, creating spaces for students to enjoy healthy meals, build strong friendships, and grow as a community. The Commons Café enhances the Florida campus, attracts new students, and helps students develop the healthy habits and strong friendships they’ll need for a lifetime of Christian service.
Almost every culture, in every time, has valued the experience of gathering together to eat. This is especially true for Christians; throughout Scripture we see the people of God breaking bread around common tables and Communion tables, and looking forward to the Great Banquet we will one day enjoy with Christ.
This new space has created a new experience of community as students, staff, and faculty gather for food and fellowship. In addition to the dining hall, the Commons also includes a private dining room for special events, a café with a coffee shop, study areas, and a beautifully landscaped plaza and outdoor gathering area where the Johnson community takes advantage of the Florida sunshine – and breaks bread together every day.
Situated on the campus between the classroom building and student housing, the Florida Commons plays a central role in developing a strong community of students, faculty, and staff on the Florida campus. The Commons provides gathering space for shared meals, fellowship, study groups, and student events and helps us educate the whole person—intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually.