Dr. Cristian Chirla, Chairman
Born in Oradea, Romania, Cristian immigrated with his family when he was 17 years old. His undergraduate years at Lynchburg University gave him a Bachelors degree in Biology and Chemistry. Yet, he would soon realize that the impact those years had on his life reached beyond that: it sealed his heart and love for the ministry.
He married Adina in 1992. Their family was blessed with 4 children, but one day the Lord asked Cristian to open his arms and hand Him their first daughter. That was to be yet another stepping stone in Cristian’s life. In 1997 he graduated from Case Western University School of Dental Medicine and was blessed with a succesful practice in Ohio, in the Cleveland-Akron area. The Lord placed three passions in his life: his family, the ministry, and practicing dentistry!
Dr. Livius T. Percy, President
Dr. Percy was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Growing up under Communism, he faced discrimination and persecution because of his commitment to Christ and his involvement in the youth ministry of the local church.
He came to the United States in 1981. The same year he got married to Mariana, started graduate school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and became involved in the ministry of RMS as a translator. He translated over 40 books and also contributed to the evangelical radio broadcasts over Radio “Free Europe” in the 1980s. He continues to be involved in the radio ministry and his sermons are broadcast over many Christian radio stations in Romania and Moldova.
In 1984 he became a member of the Board of Directors of RMS and in 1987 he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. An ordained minister since 1990, Livius has served for 15 years as pastor of a Romanian church in Hickory, NC, and is currently senior pastor of the Romanian Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC. He is also working on a Doctor of Ministry degree in apologetics, at the Southern Evangelical Seminary, under the direction of Dr. Norman Geisler.
In October 2004, the Board appointed Livius Percy as the new President of RMS, upon the retirement of Dr. Josef Tson. Dr. Percy travels extensively to Romania and Moldova, ministering to youth and to churches.
He and his wife, Mariana have one daughter, Patricia.
Dr. Darrel L. Anderson
Doris Laurentiu, Executiv Director
Doris Laurentiu grew up in a Christian home Timisoara, Romania. In 1971 she completed her studies, earning a M.A. degree from the University of Timisoara, upon which she taught English and German language in junior high and high school. After working over a decade as a translator for a research institute in her home town she and her family came to the USA in 1987 to translate Christian literature for RMS. During those years of communism Christian literature was prohibited in Romania.
During the following years, Doris translated, and edited numerous books among which, The Gospel According to Jesus, Evangelism Explosion, The Cross of Christ, The New Bible Dictionary, etc. After RMS opened a publishing house in Romania, Doris assumed new responsibilities in our Wheaton office. She coordinates the RMS pastors and students sponsorship programs, secures copyrights and serves as liaison for all contracts with American and European publishers whose books continue to be translated and published by Editura Cartea Crestina, our Christian Publishing House in Oradea, Romania.
Doris lives in Glendale Hts, IL.