BBus, GCS, GDCS, MDiv, PhD
Xiaoli was raised in various subcultures of Asia and moved to Australia as an overseas student at university. Following her professional accounting career, she was involved in pioneering and pastoring a multilingual Asian church within a megachurch for seven years. Since 2007, Xiaoli has been teaching and equipping leaders locally and abroad in both academic and church settings. She is an ordained minister, an accredited spiritual director and a bilingual poet.
Her PhD from the University of Divinity offers a conversation between the Chinese soul-searching and the gospel of Jesus Christ through a unique contextual poetic lens (Leiden: Brill, 2018). So far she has published nearly two dozen academic writings on intercultural theology. Her poetry has been published and used in spiritual direction and retreats. Amongst other projects, she is working on a bible commentary on John’s letters from Asian perspectives, and a book on a theology of migration. She serves on the executive committee of the Australian Association of Mission Studies and the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Mission Studies. She is also a convener of Chinese Missiology in International Association of Mission Studies. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and several other dialects.
Accredited teaching disciplines
- Australian College of Theology (HDR Supervisor/Mentor)
- Charles Sturt University (Research Fellow)
- Angelina Noble Centre (HDR Supervisor / Mentor)
- Australian Association of Mission Studies (President)
- Australian Journal of Mission Studies (Editorial Member)
- Australian Colleges of Ministries Academic Board (External Expert)
- International Association of Mission Studies (Convenor of Chinese Missiology)
- Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Studies (Convenor of World Christianity and Missiology)
- Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction (Member)
- Australian Network for Spiritual Direction (Member)