Alumnus of the Year

Floyd Cunningham (76) serves as President of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) in the Philippines. As a missionary of the Church of the Nazarene, he has taught history of Christianity at APNTS since the school began in 1983. He was ordained in 1988 and served as Academic Dean of APNTS from 1989 to 2009. On November 20, 2008 he was installed as the fifth president of APNTS. Located outside Metro Manila, APNTS is the regional graduate school of the Church of the Nazarene and serves various countries in Asia and the Pacific. Four hundred students have graduated from APNTS with Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religious Education, Master of Arts in Christian Communication, and Master of Science in Theology degrees, and graduate diplomas. They are scattered around the world, serving as pastors, Christian educators, teachers, Bible college administrators, missionaries, and district superintendents. In addition to his work at the Seminary, Floyd pastored churches in the Metro Manila area for six years and served as Asia-Pacific Regional Education Coordinator from 2002 to 2008.

Floyd is the general editor and co-author of the Church of the Nazarene’s centennial history, Our Watchword and Song, published by Nazarene Publishing House in 2009. He also wrote Holiness Abroad: Nazarene Missions in Asia, which won the Smith-Wynkoop Award from the Wesleyan Theological Society in 2004, and the two church history modules for the Nazarene Course of Study entitled Examining Our Christian Heritage. He has published numerous articles, including “Wandering in the Wilderness: Black Baptist Thought after Emancipation,” in Church and Community among Black Southerners, 1865-1900, edited by Donald G. Nieman, and “Inter-Religious Dialogue: A Wesleyan-Holiness Perspective,” in Grounds for Understanding, edited by S. Mark Heim. He is currently writing a history of Philippine Protestantism.

Floyd came to ENC from his home in Gaithersburg, MD and received the A.B. degree in religion and history, after which he received the Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1979, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the Johns Hopkins University in 1981 and 1984. At The Johns Hopkins he studied under the late Nazarene historian Timothy L. Smith.