Jon Manning, M.A.

Director of PLNU's LEAP Program

Jon Manning began teaching at PLNU in 2015 after previously teaching at Azusa Pacific University. He cares deeply about guiding students into a deeper understanding of the Christian Scriptures as well as finding connections between his subject area and his students’ areas of particular curiosity and interest. Manning is a New Testament scholar who is particularly interested in Paul, Luke, Acts, and the history of the canon. In addition to teaching in the School of Theology & Christian Ministry, he directs the LEAP program at PLNU, which provides a select group of incoming freshmen with a year of high-impact shared learning experiences as a foundation for future academic success. When he is not teaching classes, Manning spends time outdoors with his family, and he endlessly enjoys reading science fiction and playing board games.


  • M.A. in Theological Studies, Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • B.A. in Philosophy/Theology, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Old Testament History and Religion – BIB 101
  • New Testament History and Religion – BIB 102
  • Life of Holiness – THE 306
  • Freshman Studies Seminar I – FST 100
  • Freshman Studies Seminar II – FST 101

Experience in Field

  • Azusa Pacific University, Adjunct Instructor, 2012–2017
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary, Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Greek, 2006–2008