Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary Celebrates Historic Weekend
Thursday, April 24, 2003
MANILLA
Over 300 guests from around the globe gathered on the campus of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines in early April for a weekend of inauguration, dedication, graduation, and celebration! Throughout the weekend, several momentous events took place. On Friday, 4 April 2003, Hitoshi (Paul) Fukue, Th. D. of Japan was inaugurated as the fourth president of APNTS, and first president elected from a country within the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Fukue, 55, a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Boston University, was elected president in January by a unanimous decision of the APNTS Board of Trustees, which incorporates elected representatives from Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, and Thailand. In his inauguration address, Dr Fukue committed himself to nurturing both the “roots and branches" of APNTS so that there would be respect for the past, and the fruit of effective ministry throughout the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond in the future. Dr Fukue and his wife, Mitsuko, have been faculty members of APNTS since 1992.

Immediately following the inauguration service, a special ceremony was held to dedicate the five-story multipurpose Nielson Center for Education and Evangelism. This major building located at the heart of APNTS's ten-acre campus is being constructed under the direction of Mr. David Hendrix and Rev. Tommy Viado to house classrooms, faculty offices, a chapel, the library, the Regional Communications Center, and the Philippine Field offices. The Nielson Center is named in honor of Dr John M. and Mrs. Janice Nielson, who served as the third president of APNTS from November 1989 to July 2001. During the presidency of Dr Nielson, APNTS received initial accreditation by the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA) in 1991; endowments increased to over US$200,000; the Seminary's journal, The Mediator, commenced publication in 1996; and the Board of Trustees was re-organized to include ten elected members from within the Asia-Pacific region; and enrollment increased from 80 to 120. More than 70 percent of APNTS graduates were enrolled during the Nielsons' tenure. Nielson resigned to serve as Academic Dean at European Nazarene College in July 2001. For updated photographs of the Nielson Center, please view the APNTS website located at http://www.apnts.com.ph/

On Saturday 5 April 2003, APNTS's second largest graduating class, with 20 students from Korea, Myanmar, Samoa and the Philippines, were awarded their degrees and diplomas. Dr Jerry Porter, general superintendent in jurisdiction, challenged the graduates to continue to serve Christ and the Church.
-Steve Walsh, NCN Asia-Pacific

Philippines, were awarded their degrees and diplomas. Dr Jerry Porter, general superintendent in jurisdiction, challenged the graduates to continue to serve Christ and the Church.
-Steve Walsh, NCN Asia-Pacific