Chair of Department's Message

The Religion and Community Development department is an exciting place of learning, research, and preparation for ministry and service to God and humanity. We are a diverse community drawing students from 15 to 20 different nations, even some outside of Africa, giving our students international exposure.

With a Doctor of Ministry, Ph D in Religion, Master of Arts in Religion, Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries, Bachelor of Arts in Community Development along with other certificate and diploma program of study, we have a wide range of study options that will prepare our graduates for a variety of careers. Like the university as a whole, we are grounded theologically in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.

The mission of the Department is to impact African society with biblical holiness through excellent theological education and character formation. It is our vision to see our graduates shaping communities to reflect Christ-like values through holy lifestyles. And, we are accomplishing this mission and this vision! Graduates from the department are making a difference in the church and society, many serving in high profile areas of ministry and service throughout Africa and other parts of the world.

Our faculty members are also active in several professional organizations that include Wesleyan Theological Society (WTS), Africa Society of Evangelical Theology (ASET),Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Church of the Nazarene Africa Region Think Tank. Religion faculty have published in these and other international journals.

If you are looking for a place to prepare yourself as a servant-leader, a pastor, a scholar, community development or some other area of service that will make a difference in our world, the Department of Religion and Community Development at ANU is the place for you. Welcome!


Dr. Daryll G. Stanton, Ed. D.

Chair, Department of Religion and Community Development.

Why Us

  • Our students meet people from across the continent on our campuses. They get to know your continent through hearing real-life stories from other countries.
  • Our students meet church leaders from all over Africa in class or via the internet. They get to know what God is doing in various countries.
  • Our students work with area churches and campus volunteer ministry and community development groups.
  • Our students have opportunities to be part of international projects in the neighboring countries.
  • Our students get to interact with our excellent faculty from a number of countries Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and USA.

Accreditations Networks and Affiliations of the school / department

  • Nazarene Theological College of Central Africa (Malawi)
  • Nazarene Bible College of East of Africa (Kenya)
  • Nazarene Institute of Theology (West Africa & Equatorial Africa)
  • Manna Bible College (Kenya)
  • Creative Leadership Institute (Southern Sudan and Ethiopia)

Qualifying students coming from these institutions are admitted as second or third year students in either the Bachelor of Arts Christian Ministries or Bachelor of Theology programs.

Contact us

Africa Nazarene University
P.O Box 53067 – 00200
Nairobi, Kenya

Mobile: 0733898573 or 0733874111

Rev. Dr. Daryll Stanton

California Coast University, Doctor of Education

Nazarene Theological Seminary, M.A Missions

Olivet Nazarene University, M.A

Olivet Nazarene University, B.A

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Specializing in Practical Theology, Christian Education, and Curriculum Development.

An experienced Pastor, Missionary, Church Administrator and Educator. A result orientated team player who values creativity and collaboration.


1. “Avoiding Bad Church Leadership Habits” for the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology and the Africa Journal of Theology,

2. “A Philosophy of Education for the Church of the Nazarene in the Africa Region” for Didache,

3. “The Role of the Church in the Rehabilitation of the Lev” for the Global Theology Conference and Didache

4. “The Church and Money: Using God’s Money in His Service” for the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology and the Africa Journal of Theology among other conference and workshop papers/ presentations I have contributed in the past five years.

5. “Some Ethical Implications for Implementation of ICT in Kenyan Schools” for the ANU ICT conference

Prof. Rodney L. Reed

Drew University, Ph.D.

Drew University, M.Phil.

Nazarene Theological Seminary, M.Div.

Olivet Nazarene University, M.A. Religion

Olivet Nazarene University, B.A. Religion

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

History of Christianity


Prof. Zablon Nthamburi

Claremont University, USA – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D)

Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology – Master of Theology

Paul’s United Theological College, Kenya – Diploma in Theology from University of East Africa (Makerere)


1. Roots of African Spirituality, Nairobi, Uzima Press, 2005.
2. The Pilgrimage of the African Church: Towards the Twenty First Century, Nairobi, Uzima Press, 2000.
3. From Mission to Church: History of Christianity in East Africa, Nairobi, Uzima Press, 1995.
4. The African Church at the Crossroads: Strategies for Indigenization, Nairobi, Uzima Press, 1991.
5. A history of the Methodist Church of Kenya: 1862 -1967, Nairobi, Uzima Press, 1982.

Dr. Patrick Mburu Kamau

Kenyatta University, Doctor of Philosophy

Africa Nazarene University, Master of Arts in Religion

Africa Nazarene University, Bachelor of Theology

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Inter-ethnic Conflict Resolution
Religious Peace-building through Interfaith Dialogue


1. Ph. D. Thesis Research Project: Thesis Title: “Christian-Muslim Dialogue With Particular Reference to Pentecostals and Muslims in Nairobi, Kenya.” Ph. D Thesis, Kenyatta University, 2013.

2. MA. Thesis Research Project: Thesis Title: The Investigation of the Causes of Conflicts between Borana and Gabra Pastoral Communities of Northern Kenya and Ways of Conflicts Prevention and Reconciliation. MA Thesis, Africa Nazarene University, 2007. 1. Peace building and conflict resolution among warring tribes of Kenya- ongoing 2. Wrote a chapter in Rt. Rev. Peter Njoka book “Building a Solid and Integrated Church In The 21st Century, 2010.

3. Current conflicts and mitigation procedures in comparison with Mau Mau Renaissance- ongoing

4. Research methodology manual in simplified terms – ongoing

5.Journal Article “Christian-Muslim Dialogue with Particular Reference to Pentecostals and Muslims In Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Russell Frazier

The University of Manchester, Doctor of Philosophy

Asbury Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity

Trevecca Nazarene University, Master of Arts in Religion

Covenant Foundation College, Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Systematic Theology
Historical Theology
Early Methodism
Wesley Studies
Theology of Mission
Pastoral Theology
Biblical studies
Historical theology
Pastoral and Practical Ministries

Dr. Gregory Crofford

PhD (Theology), University of Manchester (U.K.)

MA (Theology), University of Manchester (U.K.)

MDiv (Missiology), Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri

BA (Religion), Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Massachusetts

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Wesleyan Theology

History of Christianity


Theology of Mission


Mere Ecclesiology: Finding Your Place in the Church’s Mission (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming late 2016)

Thirty Minutes with God (2015)

“Let Them Call for the Elders of the Church: Divine Healing and the Church of the Nazarene in South Africa,” co-written with Rev Mashangu Maluleka; in Africa Journal of Wesleyan Theology, Volume 2 (March 2015).

“Grace to All did Freely Move: Thoughts on Charles Wesley’s 1741/42 Hymns on God’s Everlasting Love,” in Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 6 (2014).

Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology (Beacon Hill, 2013); authored six entries, including articles on prevenient grace, sin, and predestination.

The Dark Side of Destiny: Hell Re-Examined (Wipf & Stock, 2013)

“Christus Victor: A Wesleyan Appraisal of Sub-Saharan Power Christology,” in Didache: Faithful Teaching, Summer 2012, online:

Streams of Mercy: Prevenient Grace in the Theology of John and Charles Wesley (Emeth, 2010)

You may follow Dr Crofford’s theology blog at:

Rev. Joseph Masika Kisoi

University of Manchester, Ph.D Candidate
University of Manchester, MA
Africa Nazarene University, Master of Arts of Religion
Africa Nazarene University, Bachelor of Theology

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Old Testament, Environmental Ethics, Ecological


1. “A Philosophy of Education for the Church of the Nazarene in the Africa Region” for Didache

Rev. Gift Mtukwa

University of Manchester, PhD Student
University of Manchester, MA
Africa Nazarene University Master of Arts in Religion
Africa Nazarene University Bachelor of Theolgoy

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Pauline Studies, Theological Ethics, and African Christian Theology


1. Gift Mtukwa, “Ancestral Cult and the Church in Africa” published in The Africa Journal of Wesleyan Theology Vol 1(2014).
2. Gift Mtukwa, “A Reconsideration of Self Support in Light of Paul’s Collections” paper presented at the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology in Nairobi March 1st 2014.
3. Gift Mtukwa, “The People of God and Kingdom Political Ethics in Romans 13:1-7” due to be published in didache.
4. Dictionary Article African Christian Theology due to be published by IVP New Dictionary of Theology
5. Gift Mtukwa, “Poverty.” 422-423, in Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology. Edited by Albert Truesdale, Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2013.
6. Gift Mtukwa, “Conscience.” 121-121 in Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology. Edited by Albert Truesdale, Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2013.
7. Chaplaincy and the use of Information Technology published by eCanadian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1,Issue 1.(pp.17-21)|2012
8. Can Faith be Divorced from the Public Square? published by Didache online Journal- Didache: Faithful Teaching 11:2 (Winter 2012) ISSN: 15360156 (web version) –
9. Co-authored a paper with Dr Rodney Reed, African Visions of Christology and the Dangers of Contextualization, The paper was presented at the Wesleyan Theological Society at Anderson Indiana (USA) In March 2009 and published in the Wesleyan Theological Journal Spring 2010.

Rev. Fredrick Amolo Otieno

Kenyatta University, PhD Student
Africa International University,Master of Divinity
Africa Nazarene University, Bachelor of Theology

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Intercultural Studies and Practical Theology

Rev. Rodrick Samson Kalitera

Africa Nazarene University, PhD Candidate
Africa Nazarene University M.A
Africa Nazarene University BTh


“Holiness, The Missing Link to the Evangelization of Africa” in Renovating Holiness, edited by Josh Broward and Thomas Jay Oord. Nampa, ID: SacraSage Press, 2015.


    ANU had the privilege to host the Association of Nazarene Education Systems in Africa (ANESA) themed “Called to the Cities” on May 23 – 25, 2016. ANESA is a body made up of higher education institutions of the Church of the Nazarene in Africa.

    In line with the theme, the ANESA meeting discussions centered on how education institutions can reach out to cities of Africa offering insight into Why is education important for the Church?; What are the top things we are doing in our institutions to serve the Church?; How can we as educationists best impact for Christ the communities where we are located; How can we assist the Church of the Nazarene best position itself to impact the urban areas in Africa?;
    What are some of the obstacles we encounter in assisting the Church of the Nazarene to best position itself to impact the urban areas in Africa?

    37 members of ANESA were present from South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, Cape Verde, Senegal, Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, Cote D’Ivoire and Zimbabwe.

    The new Regional Education Coordinator, Rev Gabriel Benjiman was also present attending his first ANESA meeting. Outgoing REC, Dr. Gregory Crofford presented his speech, in which he challenged members to continue offering quality education. ANU portrayed its intent to lead the way, developing a Diploma in Theology which will guide the preparation of church leaders in Africa. Dr. Daryl Stanton and Rev. Gift Mtukwa will work closely with Rev. Gabriel Benjamin, the Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene in Africa to have the same completed by July 2016.


    ​ANU is excited to welcome Dr and Mrs Crofford to ANU in September.

    “What begins here, transforms the world.”


    There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to share the love of Christ. ANU Mission Ambassadors shared their Valentine’s weekend with Bishop Wambari Girls High School in Naivasha in a three day mission themed “Talitha Koum” which means “Young girl, Get up”drawn from Mark 5: 41.

    Theology students Pastor Shaun Michael and Pastor Jasron Akoye along with the University’s Town Campus Chaplain Pastor Lucy Kimani shared in ministry focusing on God’s greatness, favor and mercy.

    The mission concluded on a high with a Sunday Rally attended by four additional schools – Archbishop Ndingi Boys High School, St. Claire’s Girls High School, Naivasha Girls and Naivasha Technical Institute which witnessed 43 students dedicate their lives to the Lord.

    “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19 – 20.

    We thank God for giving our mission ambassadors the grace to minister. May God Bless you all.

    “What begins here, transforms the world.”