Cunningham makes decision about future as APNTS president
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Manila, Philippines
Floyd T. Cunningham will not submit his name for re-election as president of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, he announced this week.

A missionary in the Church of the Nazarene, Cunningham has served at APNTS in various capacities for nearly 30 years. He was elected president by the school's Board of Trustees five years ago.

Cunningham's current term as president will expire on April 3. He expressed his desire to remain at APNTS, serving as a historian, writer, and teacher.

"I respect this decision, which I know was not made lightly or hastily," said Mark Louw, Asia-Pacific regional director for the Church of the Nazarene. "Dr. Cunningham has served with great courage and honor through some difficult times, always giving his best to this institution. He is deeply appreciated and his continued support of the institution and new leadership is something that I know we can all count on."

Cunningham has taught at APNTS since the school began in 1983. He served as academic dean from 1989 to 2008 and was dean of students prior to that. For 16 months, he 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 Asia-Pacific.

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, Philippines. He also taught in South Korea and Taiwan and was missionary-in-residence for a year at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Cunningham also served as editor and contributing author to Our Watchword and Song: The Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene.

Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Cunningham received his Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Nazarene College in 1976, a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1979, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Johns Hopkins University in 1981 and 1984, respectively.

The APNTS Board of Trustees and Church of the Nazarene leadership will now formulate a list of candidates for an election process.
--Church of the Nazarene Asia-Pacific Region
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