Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary elects new president
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Manila, Philippines
In June 2008, the Board of Trustees of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines, unanimously elected Floyd Cunningham as the seminary’s fifth president.

Neville Bartle, chairman of the Board of Trustees, stated, “The Board has been impressed with the leadership that Dr. Cunningham has given to the seminary as interim president. We were impressed by Dr. Cunningham’s commitment to the seminary over the past 25 years. As a person who has studied the history of Christianity in Asia and especially of the Church of the Nazarene in Asia, we felt that he had the background knowledge of the region that will give us good direction and vision for the future.”

Cunningham has taught at APNTS since the school began in 1983. He has served as academic dean since 1989, and prior to that was the dean of students. For 16 months, Cunningham served as APNTS officer-in-charge between the presidencies of John Nielson and Hitoshi (Paul) Fukue and again after the resignation of Fukue. Since 2002, Cunningham has served as the regional education coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Region.

In addition to his work at APNTS, Cunningham pastored churches in the Metro Manila area for six years and helped plant a church in Teresa, Rizal, in the Philippines. He also taught in South Korea and Taiwan and was missionary-in-residence for a year at Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City). He wrote the two church history modules for the Nazarene Course of Study and is currently editing and co-writing the Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene.

Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Cunningham received his A.B. degree from Eastern Nazarene College in 1976, the M.Div. degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City) in 1979, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in 1981 and 1984.

Cunningham will succeed Hitoshi (Paul) Fukue, who accepted a pastorate in Japan.

LeBron Fairbanks, education commissioner of the International Board of Education and former APNTS president, commented: “What a great selection! Dr. Cunningham will provide outstanding theological education leadership for the graduate level seminary, the Asia-Pacific Region, and, indeed, the entire denomination.”

More than 300 students have graduated from Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary with master of divinity, master of arts in religious education, and master of arts in Christian communication degrees, and graduate diplomas. They are scattered around the world, serving as pastors, Christian educators, teachers, Bible college administrators, missionaries, district superintendents, and in a variety of other ministries.
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  • Hi Dr. Cunningham, Congratulations....Mabuhai!!! What a joy to know that you have been elected... PRAKASH on 07/10/08