Founders Day - University Calendar

Founders Day

Monday, April 04, 2022

DeSantis Family Chapel

300 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Celebrate Founders Day with a special chapel service honoring the legacy of PBA's founders. Read more about guest speaker Dr. Martin Luther Johnson below:

Each member of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s founding graduating class dreamed an impossible dream. For Miami native and fifth-grade dropout Dr. Martin Luther Johnson, going back to school was only the beginning. Johnson heard Dr. Jess Moody’s dream when he saw a story in the newspaper about a new university opening in West Palm Beach. Johnson was working night shifts in a Delray Beach warehouse at the time. He clocked out at 7 a.m. and drove straight to PBA where he was welcomed by Moody himself. Johnson was one of two Black students from the founding class. He earned his bachelor’s in religion and church history. After PBA, Johnson continued his studies, earning graduate degrees in law, counseling and psychology. He served as an Army chaplain for 26 years and then entered full-time church ministry. His denomination elected him as bishop for the state of New Jersey.

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