Robert Gailey, Ph.D.

Professor of Business and Director, Center for International Development, Point Loma Nazarene University

Robert Gailey has been married to Wanda 22 years and together they have a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Teresa. Currently, Rob directs the Center for International Development (CID) and serves as professor of business at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego, CA where he has been for the past ten years. Previously, Rob and Wanda served as Nazarene missionaries in Malawi from 1995 to 1996. In 1997, Rob was hired as the research director for the global Microcredit Summit Campaign and also served as an associate pastor for National Church of the Nazarene (now Mosaic) in Washington, D.C. In 1999, Rob was ordained as an elder in the Nazarene Church on the Mid-Atlantic District.

From 1999-2005, Rob directed the Microfinance Consulting Services for World Relief. In his position, Rob traveled to a number of countries to work with churches and Christian organizations doing economic development (microfinance) and poverty alleviation work. Rob’s role was to train and consult with organizations trying to use business and finance to nurture and support entrepreneurial ventures of people, mostly women, who live in poverty.

Rob holds a B.A. degree in business administration from Eastern Nazarene College (1992), a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary (1997), and a Ph.D. in Leadership studies with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of San Diego (2010). In addition to his role as director of the CID, Rob teaches introduction to business, international business, nonprofit organizational management and theories of economic development and nonprofit organizational management and leading with integrity in PLNU's MBA program. Rob also serves as advisor to the student microfinance club and helps lead the San Diego Microfinance Alliance. Rob serves on the boards of Lazarian World Homes and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc.

During his residency in Manchester, Rob will be working on  A Wesleyan Theology of Compassion, to be co-authored with Dr. Deirdre Brower-Latz. This project will entail using this co-authored paper (and perhaps 1-2 other pieces), in conjunction with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM), to elicit responses/reflections from theologians and compassionate ministries practitioners in various world areas to consider how a Wesleyan theology of compassion is lived out in different cultural contexts. This will culminate in presentations by these same theologians and practitioners at a global NCM conference in July 2016.