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Wright and Dori Doyle served with OMF International in Taiwan from 1976 to 1988. Their daughter Sarah was born in Taiwan during that time.

In 1989, they moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where they began sharing the Gospel with Chinese scholars and their families connected with the University of Virginia.  China Institute was established that year.

The Doyles worked closely with their church, which hosts a Mandarin Sunday school class. They were also  been advisors to the undergraduate Chinese Christian Fellowship.

In 2015, they moved to Texas in order to be nearer family.

Wright has preached in Chinese churches and taught in Chinese seminaries in North America, Taiwan, and England. He now focuses on prayer, writing, and mentoring younger Chinese church leaders and Americans with a burden to serve God among the Chinese. He also leads a fortnightly Bible study for Christians working in a local Chinese restaurant.

Wright edits and contributes articles to the China Institute, the Global China Center, and the Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity

He has also written and edited a number of books, including: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: A Handbook to Marriage; Reaching Chinese Worldwide; China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society; Wise Man from the EAst: Lit-sen Chang; Builders of the Chinese Church; Christianity in America: Triumph and Tragedy; Carl Henry: Theologian for All Seasons; Worship and Wisdom: Meditations on Psalms and Proverbs; Christ the King: Meditations on Matthew's Gospel; The Lord's Healing Words; and Jesus: The Complete Man.

He supervised the translation of A Greek-Chinese Lexicon of the New Testament and made an abridgment of the Chinese edition of Carl Henry's God, Revelation, and Authority. 

Several works composed by him in English have been published in Chinese, including The Lord's Healing Words; The Switzerland of the New Testament (a commentary on Ephesians); an autobiography; Confucius and Christ; Hope Deferred: Studies  in Christianity and American Society (now out of print).

Other shorter works by Wright can be obtained as free PDF downloads from the "Books" section of this web site.

Dori Doyle | Helper & Homemaker

Wright is assisted by his wife Dori, who keeps their household running, helps their daughter care for their grandson, and sings in the church choir. As in Virginia, but less frequently, she hosts guests from afar.

Robert Freund| Director of finance and administration

Rob’s duties as finance and administration director extend from guiding the bookkeeper and administrative assistant to keeping everyone informed of their financial status and everything in between. Since coming to China Institute in June 2009, he has rapidly adapted to the non-profit environment and supporting many ministries. Rob has an M.B.A. from Duke University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia and North Carolina.

Randall & Connie Chan | partners


Randall Chan, M.Div., and Connie Chan, D.D.S., carry on a very creative ministry among Chinese scholars in England. Randall translates stories from the Chinese page of the Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity for the English page; coaches a number of Chinese Christian leaders; and shares the Gospel with the families of the piano students whom Connie teaches each day. Both serve with the international ministry of their church, which draws a number of Chinese students.

Sarah Sawyer | partner

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Sarah Sawyer is a homemaker and mother of four children living in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband Kevin. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Masters in Teaching, a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Spanish, she lived in Asia for seven years (where she often wished she had minored in Mandarin, instead!). She writes book reviews and articles for our websites and mentors Chinese women.

Jason & Kristie Truell | partners

Jason is currently English Ministry Pastor at a Chinese church in metro Vancouver. Jason received a B.A., and Kristie, a B.S., from the University of Virginia. Jason has a M.Div. from China Evangelical Seminary and is pursuing at Th.M. at Regent College. He is the web content manager for all three of our websites.

Stephanie Helmick | editorial assistant

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Stephanie Helmick is an editor for an online Christian magazine and a language consultant for Chinese webcomic artists. She delights in watching God's problem-solving at work because “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” She earned a B.A. in History with a concentration in the history of theology, and a B.S. in Economics with a Mathematics minor at George Mason University. She is now enrolled in a masters program at Hillsdale College.

Kittie Helmick | Editorial assistant


Katherine “Kittie” Helmick is a Peace Corps Volunteer serving as an English teacher in South Africa. She believes in “doing what should be done,” “for in due season we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” In 2014, Kittie founded Salt and Iron: Seasoned Writing, an online magazine dedicated to excellence in Christian writing. She holds a B.A. in Art with a Spanish minor and concentration in U.S. Politics from Hillsdale College.



Casey is a homemaker and homeschooling mother of six children. She is married to Daniel, a government civilian working for the U.S. Navy, and they have been living in Naples, Italy for the past 5 years. Casey earned a B.A. in English from Austin Peay State University in TN, and she has always loved the written word. She loves to dwell in the Psalms for devotions because of the beauty of the language found there.