- Born in United States
- Ordained: 1988 by Mid-Atlantic district
- General Information
- Home District: Mid-Atlantic
- Home Church: Gaithersburg
- Summary of Service Record
- 1983 to Present – Philippines
- Home Assignment Dates
- Oct 1, 2014 to Oct 31, 2014
- Apr 15, 2014 to Jun 15, 2014
Dr. Floyd Cunningham 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 the history of Christianity and other subjects at APNTS since the school began in 1983. He was ordained on the Washington [Mid-Atlantic] District in 1988. He served as Academic Dean of APNTS from 1989 to 2009. On November 20, 2008, he was installed as the fifth president of APNTS.
Cunningham grew up in the Gaithersburg, Maryland, Church of the Nazarene. He received the A.B. degree from Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) in 1976, majoring in religion and history, 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 Johns Hopkins he studied under the late Nazarene historian Timothy L. Smith. ENC selected him an alumnus of the year in 2011.
Cunningham is the general editor and co-author of Our Watchword and Song: The Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene, 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.
Located outside Metro Manila, APNTS is a graduate school of the Church of the Nazarene. Nearly 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, including places such as Kazakhstan, Nepal and Cambodia, and are serving as pastors, Christian educators, teachers, theological college administrators, missionaries, and district superintendents. APNTS recently began a PhD program in holistic child development.
Currently APNTS has students from Kenya, Ethiopia, Russia, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, China, Papua New Guinea, Korea, Canada, Peru, and Columbia (South America), as well as the Philippines.
In addition to his work at the Seminary, Dr. Cunningham pastored churches in the Metro Manila area for six years and served as Asia-Pacific Regional Education Coordinator from 2002 to 2008.