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Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5-6)

This phrase captures the desire of our family to look to God for guidance and wisdom as we grow deeper in our relationship with him. We seek to live this out in our ministries on the Asia-Pacific Region.

David serves as the Academic Dean at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary and helps with regional education development. Rhonda serves as the Member Care (Missionary Care) and Mission Mobilization Coordinator for the Philippines/Micronesia Field. They reside on the APNTS campus in Manila, Philippines.

The Ackermans were Global Missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene from 1999 to 2008. They spent over seven years at APNTS, where David was Professor of New Testament and Rhonda was part-time campus nurse and involved in various ministries. They also served at Nazarene Theological College in Australia, where David was Lecturer in Bible and Rhonda assisted in campus ministries. They have been involved in pastoral ministry in Idaho, Wyoming, Australia, Colorado, and most recently in Guam.

David and Rhonda have two children. Their daughter, Shan, graduated from high school in 2015 and lives with them. Her special ministry and calling is building relationships with people and working with children and youth. Joel graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 2020 with a Biology degree. He lives in Boise, Idaho, and has a videography-photography business. His interests include weight lifting, traveling to new places, and telling stories through his lens.

David has written several books, including the New Beacon Bible Commentary on 1, 2 Timothy and Titus. He writes a daily devotional blog ( and is publishing his Bible study in a commentary series called Living Waters Commentaries. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 1989, Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1992, and earned a Ph.D. in 2000 in Religious Studies (Biblical Interpretation) at Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver.

Rhonda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Compassionate Ministries in 1989 from Northwest Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992 from Rockhurst University and Research College of Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse. Her passion is to come alongside people and help them grow in the Lord. She has become a certified Strengths Advisor through the Church of the Nazarene and is using this in leadership development. Both Rhonda and David are ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene.

Their vision is to see the church strengthened and the gospel preached through trained and dedicated local leaders.


David and Rhonda Ackerman

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