Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing


Long Time MVNU Professor and Wesleyan Scholar
Dr. David L. Cubie Passes Away

Dr. David CubieJuly 1, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Dr. David L. Cubie (aged 86), Professor Emeritus of Religion at MVNU, died on Sunday June 29, 2014 at Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital in Westerville, Ohio.

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Dr. Cubie served at MVNU from 1971-2002 and was much loved by our community, his church family, and a host of former students all over the globe. His gentle manner, teacher's heart, and love for Jesus will be greatly missed.

Cubie began teaching at MVNU in 1971 and continued until his retirement in 2002. He served as chairperson of the Division of Religion and Philosophy from 1971 to 1994. His teaching responsibilities included various courses in biblical, historical and systematic theology. Working with then-President John A. Knight, Cubie was a chief architect of the Adult Studies program (now known as the Certificate of Ministry Preparation Program), a program to help bi-vocational pastors in the region complete the educational requirements for ordination. Even after his retirement, he continued to teach courses in the undergraduate and Certificate of Ministry Preparation programs. Cubie was a consummate churchman, active in Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene as Sunday School teacher, and a consultant to the North Central District Church of the Nazarene and its Ministerial Studies Board.

Author of a number of Beacon Dictionary of Theology articles, Cubie also penned a series of Sunday School lessons on the Gospel of Luke. On multiple occasions he presented scholarly papers at a number of theological conferences. His love of the church afforded him the opportunity to provide preaching for a number of churches in Massachusetts and Kentucky. Cubie held various offices in the Wesleyan Theological Society including president. He was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in teaching from MVNU in 1979 and again in 1991.

Born in Perth, Scotland, to the family of a Nazarene minister, Cubie earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Nazarene College in 1951, the Bachelor of Divinity (now M. Div.) degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1954, and the Ph.D. degree from Boston University in 1965. Dr. Cubie was also awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from MVNU in 2006. Prior to his teaching assignments at Eastern Nazarene College, Canadian Nazarene College and MVNU, he held pastoral positions in West Newberry and Malden, Mass., and in Erlanger and Corbin, Ky. He married Dr. Genevieve Cubie, who taught English at MVNU from 1971 until 1990. Their four grown children are all graduates of Nazarene institutions.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 29 states and 12 countries/U.S. territories.

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