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 (1997) Nazarene Theological Seminary, M.A Missions (1983) Olivet Nazarene University, M.A Th (1981) Olivet Nazarene University, B.A (1975)

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. (1995)
Drew University, M.Phil. (1991)
Nazarene Theological Seminary, M.Div. (1988)
Olivet Nazarene University, M.A. Religion (1986)
Olivet Nazarene University, B.A. Religion (1984)

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

History of Christianity


Dr. Patrick Mburu Kamau

Kenyatta University, Doctor of Philosophy(2013)

Africa Nazarene University, Master of Arts in Religion (2007)

Africa Nazarene University, Bachelor of Theology (2006)

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.

Rev. Joseph Masika Kisoi

University of Manchester, Ph.D Candidate
University of Manchester, MA (2008)
Africa Nazarene University, Master of Arts of Religion (2002)
Africa Nazarene University, Bachelor of Theology (2000)

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 (2014)
Africa Nazarene University Master of Arts in Religion (2007)
Africa Nazarene University Bachelor of Theolgoy (2005)

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(2009)
Africa Nazarene University, Bachelor of Theology(2005)

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Intercultural Studies and Practical Theology

Dr. Philip Kairu Thuo

Asbury Theological Seminary PhD (2007), Th.M (2004)
Earlham School of Theology MA (2001)
University of Nairobi BA (1972)

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

Community Development and Intercultural Studies

Rev. Rodrick Samson Kalitera

Africa Nazarene University, PhD Candidate
Africa Nazarene University M.A (2011)
Africa Nazarene University BTh (2006)


“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.

Dr. Russell Frazier

The University of Manchester, Doctor of Philosophy (2011)
Asbury Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity (1996)
Trevecca Nazarene University, Master of Arts in Religion (1989)
Covenant Foundation College, Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries (1984)

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.
  • 320 page monograph, True Christianity: The Doctrine of Dispensations in the Thought of John William Fletcher (1729-1785). Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock; Cambridge, England, James Clarke & Co, 2014.
  • journal article, co-authored with Randy L. Maddox, Joseph Benson’s Initial Letter to John Wesley Concerning Spirit Baptism and Christian Perfection, Wesley Theological Journal. vol. 48, no. 2, (Fall 2013): 60-77.
  • book review, Hammond, Geordan, and Peter S. Forsaith, eds. Religion, Gender, and Industry: Exploring Church and Methodism in a Local Setting. forward by D. Bruce Hindmarsh. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2011. Pp. xx + 238 pages. ISBN 9781608996421. Fides et Historia. (Winter/Spring 2013),.
  • journal article, Fletcher and His Unpublished Correspondence with Revd Beale. Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society. vol. 53, part 2 (May 2011): 72-75.
  • book review, Forsaith, Peter S. ed. Unexampled Labours: Letters of the Revd John Fletcher to Leaders in the Evangelical Revival. Introduction by Peter S. Forsaith; additional notes by Kenneth Loyer.  Petersborough: Epworth Press, 2008. 384 pages. ISBN 9780716206057, Wesleyan Theological Journal, vol. 44, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 260-263.
  • journal article, John Wesley’s Covenantal and Dispensational View of Salvation History, Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 1. (Didsbury Press: Manchester, England. January 2009): 33-54.
  • journal article, A Cloud by Day and a Pillar of Fire by Night, The Preacher’s Magazine, 72, no. 4 (June, July, August 1997).

“Dr. Frazier has published several brief articles in various journals and magazines.”

Prof. Zablon Nthamburi

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

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

St. 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.