Norman and Carol Spicher Waggy will begin March 2 as part-time interim directors of Global Mission for the Church of the Brethren. Also working in the Global Mission office on an interim basis is Roxane Hill, who was appointed interim office manager on Feb. 12.
Hill is filling a part-time position working from the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and out of her home in Ohio. For the past five years she has been coordinator of the Nigeria Crisis Response, beginning Dec. 1, 2014, through the end of 2019. For a portion of that time she shared the staff position with her husband, Carl Hill. Before that, the Hills were program volunteers and mission workers in Nigeria.
The Waggys will work remotely from their home in Goshen, Ind., where they are members of Rock Run Church of the Brethren, and from the General Offices. They lived in Nigeria from 1983 to 1988, serving as Church of the Brethren mission workers. In 2007 they spent four months in the Dominican Republic for the church. Last year they spent two weeks in Puerto Rico with Brethren Disaster Ministries. They are trained as Children’s Disaster Services volunteers.
Carol Spicher Waggy has been a member of the denomination’s Mission Advisory Committee since its inception 12 years ago. In other service to the church she has been an interim pastor, an interim district executive, a Standing Committee delegate, and currently is serving on the board of Timbercrest, a church-related retirement community in Indiana. She is a retired ordained minister, a graduate of Goshen College, with a master of social work degree from Indiana University and a master of divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She has trained as a Ministry of Reconciliation (MoR) practitioner.
Norman Waggy served on the former General Board of the Church of the Brethren from 1989 to 1994. He is a graduate of Manchester University. He earned his doctor of medicine degree at Indiana University and worked as a family physician for 34 years, retiring in 2015. He also holds a tropical medicine degree from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He currently is serving on the board of Camp Alexander Mack in Indiana.