USA (MNN) — After a weekend of deliberation, the Board of Directors for World Hope International (WHI) announced their selection of Dr. Thomas E. Armiger as the organization's new chief executive officer. This change comes after the recent resignation of Dr. Karl Eastlack, who served as president and CEO for two years.
Dr. Armiger brings a great deal of knowledge about, and passion for, World Hope International to his new role, having served previously as chair of its Board of Directors for seven years. Well-known and respected throughout his denomination, Armiger currently serves as one of three General Superintendents for The Wesleyan Church.
A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and Nazarene Theological Seminary, he was ordained as a Wesleyan minister in 1979, later completing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. Armiger's career has included service as a local church pastor, denomination executive, and superintendent of the Virginia (now Shenandoah) district of The Wesleyan Church. In 1997, he was elected to his denomination's highest office as General Superintendent.
"We are very pleased and excited at the depth of knowledge and experience Dr. Thomas Armiger will bring to World Hope International," says Dr. Evvy Hay Campbell, chair of World Hope International Board of Directors. "He brings a great understanding of the needs of developing countries and a heart for World Hope International's global mission. Though we were saddened by the resignation of Dr. Eastlack and express our best wishes for his future service to Christ, we are confident in our subsequent decision of appointing Dr. Armiger as CEO."
World Hope International is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice.