Kevin Mannoia Earns Pastor-Preacher-Scholar Award

by Rachel White

The Wesleyan Theological Society (WTS) honored Rev. Kevin Mannoia, Ph.D., Azusa Pacific University chaplain, with the Pastor-Preacher-Scholar Award on Friday, March 11, 2016, during its annual meeting in San Diego. Mannoia was recognized for his pastoral leadership, his influence on higher education institutions to establish a culture of Christ-centered scholarship, and his commitment to excellence in Wesleyan/Holiness ministry.

“Kevin Mannoia’s many contributions through his service to the Church as a pastor and bishop, work in the academy as a scholar and chaplain, and leadership in the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium (WHC) are most commendable and show a remarkable heart for ministry. Presenting him with the award was a highlight of our meeting this year,” said Steven Hoskins, promotional secretary of the WTS.

Mannoia, who is ordained in the Free Methodist Church and currently serves as founder/chair of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium and board member of America’s Christian Credit Union, describes receiving the award as one of the most meaningful moments in his life. “I consider this honor a blessing and an affirmation of God’s call in my ministry,” said Mannoia. “I am so grateful to be part of an academic circle of the Church that values the role of bringing theology into practical ministry.”

Previously, Mannoia served as dean of APU’s School of Theology and as president of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is the author of numerous books, including Masterful Living: New Vocabulary for the Holy Life (Metaformation, Inc., and WHC Publications, 2011), Fifteen Characteristics of Effective Pastors: How to Strengthen Your Inner Core and Ministry Impact (Regal Books, 2007), Church 2K Leading Forward (Precedent Press, 2006), The Integrity Factor: A Journey in Leadership Formation (Regent College Publishing, 1996), and Church Planting: The Next Generation (Clements Publishing, 1994). Mannoia holds a doctorate from the University of North Texas, a master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Founded in 1965, the WTS is a group of Wesleyan-Holiness theologians and scholars that seek to encourage the exchange of ideas and stimulate scholarship among younger theologians, pastors, and laity. It hosts an annual academic conference and present awards to outstanding members of the society.

The WHC is a network of leaders, churches, and institutions. The Consortium serves the Church and world as a nurturing catalyst to empower pastors and leaders to more authentically embody their denominational heritage and boldly lead in relevant engagement in the 21st Century.

Rachel White is associate director of public relations in the Office of University Relations. rewhite@apu.edu