Dr. Floyd Cunningham's Publications

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Professor of the History of Christianity

Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary

Ortigas Avenue Extension, 1920 Taytay, Rizal

Republic of the Philippines


Tel: (63-2) 284-3741, ext. 1103; Fax: (63-2) 658-4510

e-mail:  fcunningham@apnts.edu.ph


Permanent Address                            Personal Information

237 Mealey Parkway                                        Born September 22, 1954

Hagerstown, MD  21742                                   Ordained April 6, 1988

                                                                        Cell phone: (+63) 918-913-4671



EDUCATION           B.A. 1976 (History/Religion) cum laude

                                    Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Massachusetts

                                    M.Div. 1979 cum laude

                                    Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri

                                    M.A. (History) 1981; Ph.D. (History) 1984

                                    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

                                    Research Fellow 1988

                                    Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut


EXPERIENCE         Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary

Associate Professor 1983-1991; Professor 1991-2004

Distinguished Professor, 2004-present

Dean of Students 1983-1987

Academic Dean 1989-2009, 2013-2018

Officer-in-Charge, 2001-2003; Interim President, 2007-2008

President, 2008-2013


Asia-Pacific Region, Church of the Nazarene

Regional Education Coordinator 2002-2008

                                    Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City, Missouri)

Missionary-Scholar-in-Residence 1993-1994


Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, Idaho)

Missionary-in-Residence 1988


                                    The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)

Research Assistant in American Religious History 1981-83





Expressing a Nazarene Identity. Lenexa, KS: Global Nazarene Publications, 2018.

Horinesu wo ikiru kami no tami. [God’s People Living in Holiness]. Translated by Toshio Izuka and Hiromichi Izuka. Tokyo: Japan Holiness Association, 2014.

Our Watchword and Song: A Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene. Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House, 2009. General editor and co-author. Translated into Korean.

Examining Our Christian Heritage II. Kansas City: Clergy Services, 2004.

Examining Our Christian Heritage I. Kansas City: Clergy Services, 2003. Trans. into Spanish.

Holiness Abroad:  Nazarene Missions in Asia.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2003.

The Christian Faith Personally Given: Divergent Trends in Twentieth-Century American Methodist Thought. Ph.D. dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University, 1983. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1984.


“Wandering in the Wilderness: Black Baptist Thought after Emancipation.” American Baptist Quarterly 4 (September 1985): 268-281. Reprinted in Church and Community among Black Southerners, 1865-1900.  Edited by Donald G. Nieman.  Hamden, CT:  Garland, 1994.

“Lynn Harold Hough and Evangelical Humanism.”  The Drew Gateway 56 (Fall 1985): 16-30.

“Harold Sloan and Methodist Essentialism.” The Asbury Theological Journal 42 (Spring 1987): 65-76.

“Christ, the Word, the Light and the Message: A Wesleyan Reflection on the World Mission.”  Asia Journal of Theology 5 (April 1991): 104-118. Reprinted in Evangelical Review of Theology 16 (January 1992): 10-27.

“Mission Policy and National Leadership in the Church of the Nazarene in India, 1898-1960.”  Indian Church History Review 25 (June 1991):  17-48.

“Pacifism and Perfectionism in the Preaching of Ernest F. Tittle.” Methodist History 31 (October 1992): 26-37.

“The Beginnings of the Church of the Nazarene in Korea (1932-1966).” Bokyum Gwa Shinhak [Gospel and Culture] 4 (1992):  145-170.                         

“The Early History of the Church of the Nazarene in the Philippines.” Philippine Studies 40 (First Quarter 1993):  51-76.

“Mission Policy and National Leadership in the Church of the Nazarene in Japan, 1905-1965.” Wesleyan Theological Journal 28 (Spring-Fall 1993): 128-164.  Available on-line.

“Reflections on Wesley’s Understanding of Social Holiness.” [Taiwan Wesleyan Theological Journal] 1 (1997): 87-101. Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library: https://whdl.org/reflections-wesleys-understanding-social-holiness

“Inter-religious Dialogue: A Wesleyan Holiness Perspective.” In Grounds for Understanding: Ecumenical Resources for Responses to Religious Pluralism, 188-207. Edited by S. Mark Heim. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

“Faithful: The Church of the Nazarene in North China.”  The Mediator 3 (October 2001): 15-62. https://www.apnts.edu.ph/resourcecenter/mediator/Cunningham_Faithful%283.1%29.pdf

“Telling the Story of the Church of the Nazarene: A Wesleyan Reflection on Church History.” The Mediator 4 (2002): 1-14. https://www.apnts.edu.ph/resourcecenter/mediator/Cunningham_Telling%284.1%29.pdf

Following Jesus Discipleship Program. With Al Truesdale, Hal Cauthron, Linda Alexander and Wes Eby. Olathe, KS: Jesus Film Harvest Partners, 2001. Translated into Spanish: Lecciones de Dissipulado Siguiendo a Jesus, 2002. Published on-line: http://harvestpartners.org/node/624.

“Diversities within Post-War Philippine Protestantism.” The Mediator 5 (October 2003): 42-144. http://www.apnts.edu.ph/resourcecenter/mediator/Cunningham_Diversities%285.1%29.pdf

“Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary: The First Twenty Years.” The Mediator 5 (April 2004): 36-59.

“Holiness Embodied in the Asia-Pacific Context.” Didache: Faithful Teaching 4 (January 2005). http://didache.nazarene.org/index.php/volume-4-1/696-v4-cunningham/file

“The Wesleyan Middle Way in Asian Context.” In International Nazarene Festschrift in Commemoration of Dr. Kim, Young Baik, 308-326. Edited by Park Cheol-Woo. [Seoul]: Korea Nazarene Publishing House, 2007.

“Building New Bridges” [Inauguration Address]. The Mediator 7 (October 2009): 1-11. Reprinted, Didache: Faithful Teaching 8 (Winter 2009). http://didache.nazarene.org/index.php/volume-8-2/756-v8n2-cunningham-apntsinauguration-address-didache/file

“A Historical Overview of Fundamentalism.” In Square Peg: Why Wesleyans Aren’t Fundamentalists, 11-26. Edited by Al Truesdale. Kansas City: Beacon Hill, 2012.

“Common Ground: The Perspectives of Timothy L. Smith on American Religious History.” Fides et Historia 44 (Summer/Fall 2012): 21-55.

“A Wesleyan Historian’s Response to Post-Modernism.” The Mediator 12 (April 2017): 53-79. https://apnts.whdl.org/sites/default/files/publications/Mediator_12.1.3_Cunningham.pdf


“Evangelicals and the Next Christendom.” In Whatever Happened to Evangelicalism?, 125-149. Edited by Al Truesdale. Kansas City: Foundry, 2017.

“The Church of the Nazarene.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Edited by Christine Helmer et al. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019.



“A Charge to Become.” Conquest, February 1973, 15.

“The Church is Not the Buildings, but the People.” World Mission, November 1989, 12-13.

“Missionaries: Mortal Men and Women.” The Preacher’s Magazine, June/July/ August 1990, 31-32, 74.

“The Changing Missionary Role.” World Mission, October 1992, 17.

“Education and Spirituality.” Association of Christian Education Instructors, Quezon City, February 20, 1993.

“Early Japanese Missions in Asia.” World Mission, February 1994, 14-16, and World Mission, March 1994, 4-5.

“Holiness: The Name of God Glorified in Us.”  Word and Ministry, January/ February/March 1996, 36-38.

“Education for the Preparation of Ministers in Asia.” The Mediator 1 (January 1996): 17-21. Reprinted in Japan. Reprinted, The Mediator 5 (April 2004): 66-72.

“Jubilee Celebration: History of the Church of the Nazarene in the Philippines.” With Ernesto Rulloda. Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration, Cebu City, Philippines, May 1996.

“Are We Ready for His Delay?”  Word and Ministry, July-September 1996, 34-36.

“Thomas and Beginnings in India.”  Word and Ministry, October-December 1996, 59-61.

“Aloben and Beginnings in China.”  Word and Ministry, January-March 1997, 15-17.

“Christianity in the Mongol Empire.” Word and Ministry, July-December 1997, 16-19.

“Celebrating One Hundred Years of Nazarene Missions, 1898-1998.” The Preacher’s Magazine, December/ January/February 1997-1998, 38-39.

“Messages for the Month of June [on the Rich Young Man].” Worship and Preaching: The Annual Sermon Guidebook, 66-80.  Ed. Kim Kwang Ki.  Manila:  The Mission Information Institute, 1998. 

“Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary Heritage Day.” The Preacher’s Magazine, September/October/November 1998, 7-9.

“A Christian Mind.” Theological Education Today, July-December 1999, 1, 4.

Contributor, Dictionary of Asian Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

“Who are Nazarenes?  Part 1.”  Philippine Field Newsletter, August 2000, 1-2.  Part 2, Philippine Field Newsletter, November-December 2000, 3, 5.  Part 3, “Phineas Bresee and the Church of the Nazarene in California,” Philippine Nazarenes Today, [2001], 3, 7. Part 4, “Nazarenes are Evangelistic,” Philippine Nazarenes Today, October 2002, 3. Part 5, “Nazarenes Believe in Education,” Philippine Nazarenes Today, February 2004. Part 6, “Nazarenes, Social Issues, and Politics,” Philippine Nazarenes Today, June 2004. Available on-line.

“A Word to the Wise.”  The Mediator 2 (October 2000):  79-85.

“Response” to “Characteristics of the Early Church of the Nazarene”; and “Endnote:  Memory,” Global Theology Conference, Church of the Nazarene, Guatemala City, April 4-7, 2002, published on-line: http://Wesley.nnu.edu/2002-GNTC.

“Answer” [on Daoism].  Holiness Today (June 2002):  4.

“Ministering Grace.” The Mediator 4 (October 2002): 104-105.

“Footprints: Samuel Bhujbal.”  Holiness Today (April 2003): 10-11.

“Footprints: Chung Nam Soo.” Holiness Today (May 2003): 42-43.

“Footprints: Hsu Kwei Pin.” Holiness Today (September 2003): 8-9.

“Footprints: Nobumi Isayama.” Holiness Today (December 2003): 8-9.

“Embodying Holiness in the Asia-Pacific Context.” Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Church of the Nazarene, Bangkok, Thailand, October 25, 2003. Also presented at Theology Symposium, Church of the Nazarene, Indianapolis, June 25, 2005. Revised for Japan Holiness Association Conventions, 2011.

“Tribute to the Manaoises.” The Mediator 5 (April 2004): 60-62.

“Leadership in the Church of the Nazarene in Korea.” Nazarene International Theological Conference, Korea Nazarene University, Chonan, Korea, September 14, 2004.

“The Early History of the Asia Graduate School of Theology—Philippines.” Twentieth Anniversary Thanksgiving Banquet, Quezon City, Philippines, March 11, 2005.

“The Triumph of Early American Methodism: A Review Essay.”  International Course of Study Advisory Council Meeting, Church of the Nazarene, Perth, Australia, October 11, 2005.

“Francis Asbury,” and “Phineas Bresee.” In Mosaic of Faith: Piecing Together Our Christian Story. Ed. Everett Leadingham, 81-90, 101-108. Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House, 2007.

“Discussing Together as We Walk Along: Endnote to Global Theology Conference 2007.”  Didache: Faithful Teaching 7 (June 2007), presented at the Global Theology Conference, Netherlands, April 3, 2007.

“The Name of God Glorified in Us.” In Holiness Sermons and Commentaries. Edited by Viollydia C. Lartec. La Trinidad, Benguet: Luzon Nazarene Bible College, [2007].

“The First General Assembly and Nazarene Identity.” Korea District Pastors Conference, October 9, 2007; Heritage Day Address, November 15, 2007, Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Book review, A Century of Holiness Theology, by Mark Quanstrom. Wesleyan Theological Journal (Fall 2008): 230-234.

“What has this to do with me? Holistic Child Development at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary.” Barnabas, 2010.

“Leadership in the Church of the Nazarene in Korea and Other Countries in Asia” [in Korean], Intelligence and Creation 13 (2010): 7-39. Reprinted, The History and Faith of Korea Nazarene University, Supplement of the Intelligence and Creation. Choenan City: Korea Nazarene University, 2010, 61-93. Reprinted, Nazarene Progress: The History and Faith of Korea Nazarene University, 111-143. Chonan City: Korea Nazarene University, 2011.

“Christ is Victor.” Holiness Today, March/April 2011, 23.

Japan Holiness Association Lectures. Twelve lectures in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Okayama, and Fukuoka, October 16 – October 25, 2011.

“Church of the Nazarene,” “Reformation,” and “Revivalism.” In Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology. Edited by Al Truesdale. Kansas City: Beacon Hill, 2013.

“The Nazarene Philosophy of Education.” Visayan Nazarene Bible College Foundation Day, February 8, 2013.

Book review, Mission History of Asian Churches, edited by Timothy K. Park. Journal of Asian Mission 14 (2013): 125-127.

Daily devotions, in Refecting God: Devotions for Holy Living 74 (September, October, November 2013): 33-39.

“What Then Shall We Be: The Past, Present, and Future of the Church of the Nazarene.” Didache 13 (March 2014), 7 pp., presented at Global Theology Conference III, Church of the Nazarene, Johannesburg, South Africa, March 25, 2014.

Book review, Conflict, Conquest and Conversion by Eleanor Tejiran and Reeva Spector Simon. Journal of Asian Mission 15 (2014): 119-121.

Book review, Introducing World Christianity edited by Charles E. Farhadian. Journal of Asian Mission 16 (2015): 69-72.

Book review, Christians in South Indian Villages by John B. Carman and Chlkuri Vasantha Rao. Journal of Asian Mission 16 (2015): 77-80.

“Opportunities and Challenges for Holistic Child Development,” and “Holistic Child Development Preconference Endnote.” Presentations. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Conference, Olivet Nazarene University, July 13-14, 2016.

“Church of the Nazarene.” In The Essential Handbook of Denominations and Ministries. Eds. George Thomas Kurian and Sarah Claudine Day. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2017.

“Nazarene History and Identity.” Series of 7 lectures. Leadership Conference, Chiclayo, Peru, May 24-27, 2017.

“Learning from Our Wesleyan Tradition.” Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia, August 19 and 26, 2017.

“Response to ‘A God of Immeasurably More.’” The Mediator 13 (2017): 77-79.

Book review, Explorations in Asian Christianity by Scott Sunquist. Journal of Asian Mission 18 (November 2017): 119-123.

“Integrative End Note.” Lausanne National Forum on Children at Risk, Mandaluyang, Philippines, August 30, 2018.

Consultant. Nehemia Bathula et al., “Listening and Learning from Various Entitites on the Perceived Dynamics that Help Children Thrive: Implications for Practical Action towards Holistic Mission and Discipleship of Children.” Research Report, Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary Research Team, 2018.

Book review, Shaping Christianity in Greater China edited by Paul Woods. Journal of Asian Mission 19 (November 2018): 79-82.

“Hiram F. Reynolds and the Shape of Nazarene Missions.” Holiness Today, September/October 2019.

“The Church in Global Perspective: Reflections on the Past, Challenges for the Future.” Workshop, Asia-Pacific Church of the Nazarene Regional Conference, October 19 and 21, 2019.

Book review, Protestantism in Xiamen: Then and Now, edited by Chris White. Journal of Asian Mission 20 (November 2019): 119-123.



Currently writing A History of Philippine Protestantism



Uayan, Jean Uy. “A Study on the Emergence and Early Development of Selected Protestant Chinese Churches in the Philippines.” PhD dissertation, Asia Graduate School of Theology, 2007. Published as A Study of the Emergence and Early Development of Selected Protestant Chinese Churches in the Philippines. Carlisle, Cumbria, UK: Langham Monographs, 2017.

Lozano Fernandez, Ernesto S. “Rafael Palma and Transformational Learning in the Philippines: Paradigm Shift from the Spanish to the Americans.” PhD dissertation, Asia Graduate School of Theology/Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, 2021.

Dizon, Abner. “Adventist Muslim Mission in Indonesia.” Asia Graduate School of Theology. In process.




American Historical Association

(25-year member, 2005)


Wesleyan Theological Society

Philippine National Historical Society







Montgomery College (undergraduate level)

            Introduction to Philosophy                                Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (graduate level) (including off-site classes)

            World Christianity I & II                                   Heritage of the Christian Church III

            History of Nazarene Missions                           History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene

            History, Religion and Culture                            History of the Modern Evangelical Movement

            History of Philippine Protestantism                    History of Missions

            Crucial Issues in the History of Christianity in China

The Wesleyan Tradition                                    Wesley’s Theology

World History (undergraduate level)                 Denominational Studies

            Constructive Theology I & II                             Doctrine of the Church

            Introduction to Theology                                   Doctrine of Holiness

            Theology Seminar: Readings in Contemporary Theology

            Philosophical Backgrounds of the Christian Faith          

Spiritual/Christian Formation                            Worship and Music

            Introduction to Missions                                   Gospel and Culture      

            Methods of Research                                        Methods of Theological Inquiry

            Thesis Seminar                                                 Thesis Writing

            Integrative Seminar


APNTS/Asia Graduate School of Theology (Philippines) (ThM/PhD level)

            Spiritual Formation in Historical and Theological Perspective

            The Wesleyan Holiness Tradition

Historiography of Missions


Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (DMin/PhD level)

            The Child in Christian Thought: Biblical and Theological Perspectives (co-teacher) (PhD)

            History and Theology of Transformational Ministry (lead teacher) (DMin)

            Spiritual Formation and Transformational Learning (PhD)         

            Holistic Witness in the Wesleyan Mode/Social Transformation (PhD)


Northwest Nazarene College (undergraduate level)

            History of Missions

            History of Christian Thought I & II

            History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene


Nazarene Theological Seminary (graduate level)

            Crucial Issues in Missions                                 The Modern Missionary Movement

            Theology of Mission                                         History of Nazarene Missions

Taiwan Nazarene Theological College (graduate level)

            History of Missions


Wesleyan Institute of Pastoral Theology (Taiwan) (graduate level)       

            The Wesleyan Holiness Tradition

Nazarene Theological College (Brisbane, Australia) (undergraduate and graduate level)

            History of the Wesleyan Holiness Movement



            Missionary, Church of the Nazarene                                                               1983-present

                Pastor, Church of the Nazarene, Teresa, Rizal                                              1985-1987, 1996

                Pastor, Diliman Church of the Nazarene, Quezon City                                1989-1991

                Pastor, Central Church of the Nazarene, Cubao, Quezon City                   1991-1992

                Pulpit Minister, First Church of the Nazarene, Antipolo, Rizal                 1992-1993



Perfect attendance, junior and senior high school, 1966-1972

“Most Quiet for the Freshman Class of 1973,” Eastern Nazarene College Greenbook

Recipient of dedication of The Bridge ’94: APNTS Yearbook, 1994

2000 Bridge Builder’s Award, APNTS

2004 Smith/Wynkoop Award of the Wesleyan Theological Society for Holiness Abroad

2011 Alumnus of the Year, Eastern Nazarene College

2011 Japan Holiness Association Lecturer




“LTL Program Given at Rockville,” White Ribbon Herald (January 1964), 13.

Charles Gailey, “A Man of Two Worlds,” World Mission 20 (February 1994), 14.

Carmen Ringhiser, “If He Had Known,” Holiness Today (October 1999), 21.      

Stan Ingersol, “Floyd Cunningham: The 2004 Winner of the Smith-Wynkoop Book Award,” in Wesleyan Theological Journal 39 (2004): 253-255.


Mark C. Shenise, review of Holiness Abroad, in Methodist History 44 (October 2005), 64.

Wilbert Shenk, review of Holiness Abroad, in Church History 75 (March 2006): 238.

The Bridge: A Newsletter of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. December 2008. http://www.apnts.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/documents/the_bridge/2008/1208_bridge.pdf


William Kostlevy, review of Our Watchword and Song, in Wesleyan Theological Journal 46 (September 2011), 206-208.


Engage (October 2011), on-line.

Howard Snyder, review of Our Watchword and Song, in Wesley and Methodist Studies 4 (2012): 169-171.

[Steve Walsh], “Floyd T. Cunningham.” Wikipedia