Founded as Florida Presbyterian College, the College continues in its covenant with the Presbyterian Church by providing a learning environment that presents spirituality as a backdrop against which students are encouraged to make sense of the difficult existential and academic questions with which they are faced while in college. From its inception, the College has examined the role of spirituality in an academic setting, placing it at the center of the core program in 1965. As the spiritual landscape changed, however, so did the way the College inflected the issue of faith in academia. With the construction of the Wireman Chapel — originally erected as Griffin Chapel — in 1967, the College reaffirmed the significance of spirituality in an academic setting.
This affirmation would see a significant transformation in the 1970s as new kinds of spirituality swept across campus. At the time, College President and the Chapel's namesake noted that "Trying to control the awareness of a student is out of the question. All we can do is present Christian life with sincere conviction."
Having learned a number of lessons in the 70s regarding students' searching, often ecumenical approach to spirituality, the 80s saw a much more hands-on approach develop within Campus Ministries. This approach culminated in a program of Student Ministry outreach, that had Student Ministry Coordinators giving spirituality a higher profile in the dorms, offering more informal access to the College's spiritual resources, and promoting greater dialogue and exploration among students.