Ruoxia Li and Eric Miller begin March 8 as co-executive directors of Global Mission for the Church of the Brethren. The married couple will guide the international mission program of the Church of the Brethren, direct and administer denominational mission efforts, and provide administrative and clerical support for Global Mission staff, volunteers, and committees.
Norman and Carol Spicher Waggy have been serving as interim directors of Global Mission since March 2, 2020. They will be assisting in the transition of leadership.
Miller and Li will work remotely from their home in China until they are able to relocate to the United States. Since January 2020, they have been Global Mission and Service workers for the Church of the Brethren at Yangquan You’ai Hospital in Pinding, Shanxi Province, China.
The hospital takes its name from the original hospital founded in 1911 by Church of the Brethren missionaries in Pingding, which in turn shared its name with the Church of the Brethren in China, You’ai Hui.
Li is founder and president of You’aiCare, a managed hospice and home‐based care service in partnership with the hospital. Miller has worked since 2012 as consulting director for International Partnerships at the hospital.
Miller holds a doctorate in anthropology from Pittsburg (Pa.) University, a certificate in Asian studies from John’s Hopkins‐Nanjing University Center in China, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.
Li holds a master’s degree in theology, development, and evangelism from Wartburg Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from South Central University (Changsha, Hunan Province, China).
Miller grew up in York (Pa.) First Church of the Brethren while Li grew up in Shouyang, the location of another past Brethren mission post in Shanxi Province. Previously they were members of Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren in Blacksburg, Va., and currently worship with Living Stream Church of the Brethren online.
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