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About Global China Center

Understanding Chinese Culture. Building a Community of Scholars. Equipping Leaders for Moral Transformation in China.


  • A clearer, stronger sense among Chinese of their rich Christian heritage
  • Rising awareness among Chinese intellectuals of the positive contribution of Christianity
  • Moral renewal of Chinese society as Christian concepts and values spread widely and deeply.


For the first time in Chinese history, multitudes of middle-class professionals are exploring religion, especially Christianity, to find meaning for their personal and national existence.

A number of prominent public intellectuals and social leaders look to Christianity as they seek nothing less than the construction of a new culture, modern yet Chinese, for the world's most populous nation.

In the process, Chinese must re-think their deepest cultural roots and recover their own lost traditions, including their Christian heritage. This task also involves Christians
who are overseas in Asia and the West.

Carrying Out Our Mission

We seek to:

  • Understand the core values, driving purposes, and major challenges of the Chinese people, and communicate our findings to the academic and religious communities involved in China.
  • Advise, mentor, and train those who desire to interact with Chinese on issues of Chinese culture, society, history, and religion.
  • Encourage Christian thinkers to investigate and apply the implications of Christianity for Chinese society.


  • Dr. G. Wright Doyle, General Director, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Dr. Carol Lee Hamrin, Senior Associate, Virginia
  • Dr. Yading Li and Dr. Cui’an Peng, Senior Associates, California
  • Dr. Gloria Tseng, Senior Research Associate, Hope College, Holland, Michigan
  • Dr. John Barwick, Senior Research Associate, Cornell University, New York
  • Ms. Stacey Bieler, M.A., Senior Associate, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • Mr. Cole Carnesecca, Ph.D. (Cand.), Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Ms. Nancy He, M.S., Religious Texts Translator, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Ms. Emily Matson Hite, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Mr. Conner McCarthy, Research assistant, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Miss Jennifer Murray, Research a Assistant, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Mr. Jason Truell, Content Coordinator, Vancouver

  • Current and Projected Activities

    • Produce and distribute popular and scholarly materials in English and/or Chinese that address issues of Chinese culture, religion, and society, and recovering a lost Christian legacy.

      The GCC web site:

      The Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity web site:

      “GCC Studies in Chinese Christianity” with Wipf and Stock Publishers

      Salt & Light: Lives of Faith that Shaped Modern China – stories of Chinese Christians, Three Vols (English); Two Vols (Chinese).

      After Imperialism – conference volume.

      Wise Man from the East: Lit-sen Chang – Analytical introduction to selected translation.

      Biography of Liang A-Fa – China’s First Preacher.

      Timothy Richard’s Vision.

      Forthcoming: Builders of the Chinese Church; and
      China’s Christians in Urban Transformation

    • Form a network of Christian scholars studying Chinese Christianity.

    • Build relationships with Chinese scholars investigating the role of Christianity in China.

    • Provide strategic advice to Christian ministries and funders for effective service.


    Global China Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in Albemarle County, Virginia. Our Tax Identification Number is 54-1531105

    GCC grew out of China Institute, which was founded in 1989 to present Christ and the gospel to Chinese scholars and students at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. China Institute now has five theologically trained men who, with their wives, work in church-related ministry to educated Chinese in Charlottesville; Cambridge, England; and Taipei, Taiwan.

    Partnering with other organizations on projects, and building a virtual network of colleagues around the world, we make the most of extensive relationships to enhance capacity to make a significant impact with minimum structure and overhead. Our size allows us to be flexible and innovative amid constant change.

    GCC is governed by a Board of Directors. Names are available upon request.

    Advisory Council:

    • Dr. Daniel Bays, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
    • Dr. Ryan Dunch, University of Alberta, Edmonton
    • Dr. Brent Fulton, ChinaSource, Hong Kong
    • Dr. Christopher Hancock, Oxford House Consultancy, Oxford, England
    • Dr. Scott Sunquist, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA
    • Dr. Kevin Yao, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, South Hamilton, MA