The stained glass window at Smee Hall tends to draw a smile from our theology students.

What is Nazarene?

Over 45 church denominations are represented at PLNU


Specifically, the church is firmly Wesleyan in doctrine and evangelical in mission. Emphasis is given to the conversion of sinners, the entire sanctification of believers, and the spreading of the gospel to every person. The church is a member of the Christian Holiness Partnership and the National Association of Evangelicals.

The church’s polity is representative. PLNU is the official university of the Southwest Educational Region of the Church of the Nazarene. A Board of Trustees — nominated from 12 districts in the region, elected to the board, and composed of an equal number of ministers and laypersons — oversees the affairs of the university.

  • 29,945 churches across the globe
  • 2,441,372 members worldwide
  • 53 colleges, universities and seminars educate more than 53,000 students