Director, Office of World Missions
Phone: (626) 812-3025
Chiraphone became the director of the Office of World Missions in August 2005. A Lao native, Chiraphone escaped with her family of 12 to a Thailand refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. in 1982.
Chiraphone earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and minored in Leadership Development, Culture, and Religion at Azusa Pacific University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa with the Zulu people from 1998–2000 as an Education and Community Resource Worker. Upon returning from South Africa, Chiraphone became the Residence Director of Global Village, an international and multicultural living area at APU. In May 2003, she obtained a Master of Arts in Human and Organizational Development from APU’s School of Business and Management and became a Peace Corps recruiter through the Los Angeles Regional Office. Chiraphone is passionate about people, holistic sustainable development, and strives for excellence as a life-long learner and educator across the globe. She is privileged to empower and equip students in their development to serve others locally and globally in both physical and spiritual needs.
Chiraphone enjoys being with students and the greater community as they learn ways to be competent global Christians. She serves on various APU committees including International Travel, Global Vision Week, and other theme weeks’ committees. She also has the privilege of serving on educational advisory committees such as Biola University’s Students Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR), California State University at Fullerton’s Social Justice Summit, and is a member of the board of directors for the United Nations Association of Pasadena and San Gabriel Area and Team International.
Chiraphone is grateful to have had the privilege to live, study, and serve in more than 20 countries. She enjoys being with the Global Church and learning from the “every day people” of the world. Chiraphone loves to dance, cook, eat, play tennis, and work in the yard as a self-acclaimed botanist. She enjoys hosting friends and family in her home, especially over a good feast. Chiraphone aspires to be a positive influence and living out her “life dash” (the space between birth date – death date) with all people groups she encounters both locally with her immediate neighbors and the various global neighbors of the world.