Washington (BWA)-- A new director of Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, has been appointed.
Rothangliani Rema Chhangte, liaison for Burmese refugees with American Baptist Home Mission Societies in the United States, was approved by the Executive Committee of the BWA at its March meeting in Falls Church, Virginia, close to Washington, DC.
Chhangte's appointment came after an international search for the head of the division.
The new BWAid director has deep Baptist roots. She served on the BWA General Council from 2001-2007 and has attended a number Baptist World Congresses and several Baptist Youth World Conferences. She was pastor of the Woodland Baptist Church from 1994-2000 and, prior to that, was assistant pastor of Chestnut Street Baptist Church, both in Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania.
Chhangte has worked with a number of church-affiliated organizations. She was, at various times, program analysis coordinator with Church World Service; director of ecumenical formation at American Baptist Churches USA; executive director of the Asian American Youth Association; and administrator at the Oxford Conference on Christian Faith and Economics.
Since 2006, she has been a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and was a member of the Executive Committee and Governing Board of the National Council of Churches USA from 2001-2007, co-chairing its Interfaith Commission between 2004 and 2007.
She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary and an MBA degree from Eastern University, two Baptist-affiliated schools near Philadelphia. She was also a business major in her Bachelor's degree program at another Baptist school, Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition, she holds diplomas from the Oxford Graduate Summer School of Theology in the United Kingdom and the Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies in Switzerland.
She received a Human Rights Award from the Human Relations Commission of the City of Philadelphia in 1998, and a Community Service Award from the Association of Asian American Educators in 1996.
Chhangte takes up her appointment on August 1. She succeeds Paul Montacute who retires in July.