New leadership for Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Manila, Philippines
On October 29, Floyd T. Cunningham was elected interim president of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) in Manila, Philippines. In accepting this vote by the APNTS Board of Trustees, he became the fifth president to lead the institution since its formation in 1983.

Cunningham is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College in 1976, a master of divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1979, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland in 1981 and 1984.

Cunningham has taught at APNTS since the school's inception. During his long tenure at APNTS, Cunningham has served as academic dean, professor of the history of Christianity, and officer-in-charge during times of leadership transition.

In addition to his work at the seminary, Cunningham has served as the regional education coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Region and has planted and pastored churches in the Metro Manila area.

During his home assignment, he taught at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and was missionary-scholar-in-residence at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is the author of Holiness Abroad: Nazarene Missions in Asia (Scarecrow Press, 2003), and the co-author of Following Jesus, a discipleship program for JESUS Film converts. He also wrote the church history modules for the Nazarene course of study.

Upon accepting the assignment, Cunningham thanked the Board of Trustees for the confidence they placed in him when asking him to lead the seminary.

"As a graduate school in the Wesleyan tradition,” Cunningham stated, “APNTS has a great mission to prepare men and women for Christlike leadership and excellence in ministries. We will endeavor to 1) energize students to fulfill the world mission of Jesus Christ, 2) build a creative team of professors and staff, 3) expand holiness graduate education through distance programs, and 4) reach out to the local community."

The APNTS Board of Trustees also elected E. LeBron Fairbanks, a distinguished educator and former APNTS president, as vice-president for Planning and Development. Fairbanks served as the president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University from 1989 to 2007. He will serve as a non-resident administrator for APNTS.
- NCN News-Asia-Pacific