(BNC) — Fox News Channel today showed a recovered LinkedIn profile of John Russell Houser, the gunman who killed two people July 23 in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., which showed that Houser listed his education as Faulkner University.

According to a Faulkner board member, Houser was a 1998 graduate of Jones School of Law, which is a part of the university.

The LinkedIn profile was shown during the “Shepard Smith Reporting” segment, around 2:20 pm.

Jones School of Law was established in Montgomery, Ala., in 1928. Faulkner purchased the school in 1983.

There is no indication whether Houser was a member of the church. A friend of Houser’s said he attended a Baptist church in Columbus, Ga., with him and his wife.

The gunman, whose most recent address was in Phenix City, Ala., opened fire on 100 movie-goers last night in The Grand Theater in Lafayette. When police arrived promptly, he reentered the mall and killed himself, according to reports.

Faulkner University is a Christian college located in Montgomery, Ala., and is open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The law school has a high percentage of people who are not members of the body of Christ.

BNC has contacted Faulkner University for further comments.

Updates include information about Jones School of Law and Houser’s religious affiliation.



  1. I have a real problem in using the name “Christian” in reference to these schools. Since the word “Christian” is only found three times in Scripture I am of the belief that we are very liberal with the words meaning. If the name is the “new name which the mouth of Jehovah shall name” (Isaiah 62:2; Acts 11:26) then how can it be used with reference to a school? The late Guy N. Woods held the position that the word means more than just being baptized into Christ but includes “walking in the light.” (I John 1:9) Thus he pointed out it is incorrect to use such expressions as “unfaithful Christian” or “erring Christian.” It would be foolish to say of someone that they were a “faithful unfaithful child of God.” Just because an institution may be under a board of directors that are members of the church’ does not make such Christian. I am afraid that we have been far more influenced by the worlds usage of words than the Bible usage of them. The name Christian is special. (I Peter 4:16) We ought to use it with that in mind.

  2. @willbreun – I have a real problem with your hypersensitivity. Calling a school “Christian” simply means that it is a school RUN by Christians and BASED upon Christian principles with the GOAL of encouraging young men and women to follow Christ. Why don’t you poke at “schools of evangelism” – just where is THAT in the Scriptures? If you don’t think any school of any name is a Christian school – then don’t patronize it.
    And while Guy N. Woods was a good “guy” (IMHO) since when is his opinion greater than or equal to the Scriptures? Quote and cite the Scriptures to back your point not some “guy” (“guy” puns intended).
    You sound like all of those bleeding heart liberals who are upset whenever someone uses a word that isn’t politically correct except you’re using the Scriptures instead.