Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary
In 1977 the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene approved a plan to establish a graduate Seminary to serve the Asia and Pacific region of the church. The particular needs of the church in this part of the world demanded this. Dr. Donald Owens, Professor of Missions at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City and formerly a missionary to Korea, was elected to head the new seminary, which would become the first master’s-level theological institution of the Church of the Nazarene located outside the United States.
In 1979, the church purchased a site in Taytay, Rizal, Philippines. Formerly an orphanage, the location consisted of ten acres with 22 wooden frame buildings. The proximity of the location to Manila was a deciding factor, as leaders hoped that the cosmopolitan setting would provide models for evangelism for the other cities of Asia and the Pacific. The Church of the Nazarene had directed its attentions to Metro Manila only a few years earlier.
Beginning in 1980, extension seminars were held involving several NTS professors as well as Rev. Angelito Agbuya, pastor of the Angeles City, Philippines, Church of the Nazarene. Students represented various countries in the region. Meanwhile, Dr. Owens became Director of the Asia Region and moved to Manila. As extension classes were held over the next few years, general church leaders concluded that the new Seminary should become autonomous from NTS. In preparation for the opening of a residence program, Dr. Owens searched for faculty members and initiated construction of an administration and classroom building, the ground breaking ceremony for which was held in January, 1983. Other buildings on the campus were renovated for student and faculty living. The Commission on Immigration and Deportation, Department of Justice, Republic of the Philippines, gave its approval for APNTS to begin as an educational institution for non-immigrant students.