Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and affliction. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:35-36)
We train physicians committed to providing high-quality primary care among the needy. Delivering excellent medical care is a powerful means of affecting and transforming struggling communities and nations.
We acknowledge that our best medical skills are only a shadow of those possessed by the Great Physician who has the power to heal medically, mentally, and spiritually.
At Christ Community we prepare and equip the next generation of doctors who will represent Jesus Christ with their medical skills, by boldly proclaiming the Gospel and compassionately caring for the needy both domestically and internationally.
We do it through Christ’s enabling power for the glory of Him whom we hold as the great King.
We exist to glorify Jesus Christ by preparing physicians to be highly skilled disciples in the hardest places both in the US and around the world.
Our program is a three-year, full-spectrum residency program. Discipleship, community, and healthcare excellence among the marginalized create the framework of our program.
Delivering excellent medical care is a powerful means to affect and transform struggling communities and nations. We know that our best medical skills are only a shadow of those possessed by the Great Physician who has the power to heal medically, mentally, and spiritually.
I come to Memphis from the Great State of Texas, where “BBQ” has a slightly different definition. No worries though – I am adapting to my new surroundings and quickly learning the local ways.
I first became interested in medicine as a young child, partly through my desire to help people and partly through my family’s experience with doctors and the medical community. Through a series of events I felt a calling on my heart, at the age of 12, to become a “missionary doctor” and I haven’t looked back since!!
I first learned of Christ Community when I attended the URBANA Mission Conference in December 2009, during my senior year of college. We were studying the book of John and discussions and lectures tied into the theme of “He Dwelt Among Us” taken from John 1:14. I attended a small group session with Dr. Rick Donlon. He told us about his vision for the city of Memphis and how the little health clinic he started with his friends from medical school had taken off and grown once they decided to embrace the community in another way and “dwell among” their patients. The icing on the cake was when he said that they were thinking of starting a residency program. I came home from that conference and told my family that though I didn’t know where I was going to medical school yet, I knew where I was going for residency!!
I studied biology at a small Christian university in the geographical center of Texas where I was a proud member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band. I then chose to attend the only osteopathic medical school in Texas because of the unique hands-on approach to medicine. The skills I developed there will benefit all of my patients, but especially the ones I meet overseas or in a resource-poor setting where a listening ear and my hands may be the only thing I have to offer. The high quality medical training and the collective heart for the underserved, both locally and abroad, are ultimately what drew me to Memphis for residency. The community and atmosphere is beyond compare. I look forward to seeing how the Lord continues to grow me and stretch me as a Christian and as a physician over the next few years.
My name is Diego; I am from Caracas, Venezuela. I am married to my awesome wife, Ashley, and we have two sons, Elijah and Isaac. My roller coaster story goes something like this: I am the son of a carpenter and handyman, so a carpenter I grew up to be. I had my own construction company with people that worked under me. Business was going good, but God, God had other plans in mind.
My wife Ashley and I met while she was pursuing her masters degree, which eventually became a doctorate degree in food science. I was simply a construction worker with a high school diploma. While prospering my business, God called me into medicine. My response was, "HUH," and my thought was that school takes way too long and I'm just a construction worker! Before I knew it, the housing market crashed, and I was left virtually without a job. (I felt like Jonah... I might have disobeyed God and caused the US housing market to crash!) I had no option but to hop on this new ride that God was leading me to. I enrolled at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. With God's help, everything went smoothly, and then it was time to apply to med school. I vividly remember looking at my completed application, Ashley sitting by me, my shaky hand on the mouse ready to hit the "APPLY" button. It was paralyzing. But then we prayed that God would do with us as He pleased; we prayed that if this was His will that He, and ONLY HE, would have to make it happen. We prayed like Moses did...if you don't go with us, please don't send us! When we found out I had been accepted into med school, we knew God would be with us.
To this day, we have seen his hand in every aspect of our lives, from a thyroid cancer scare to the crazy birth of our first son, and to the fact that we now "hang our hats in Tennessee." God is faithful; God is sovereign, and that is our testimony. Coming to Christ Community is a dream for me and my family. This is a place that will challenge us daily in all aspects of our lives, and a place that helps us forget all the first-world problems most have. This place draws you near to God from whom true healing comes. I cannot wait to experience the roller coaster that God places us on next.
Initially, I wanted to be an ER doc, having worked in the emergency department before med school. However, after M1 year I developed a new perspective on healthcare. Primary Care – there is such a great need – so they told me after beginning my training. The disparity became obvious to me especially in my hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. I was unsettled by the fact that some people in my city have an “-ologist” for all of their aches, pains, and ails while many others lack even one doctor to help treat their hypertension or diabetes. The summer after M1 year I rotated through some family medicine clinics, including Christ Community. God used the experience to fuel my vision for family medicine, global missions, and community development. It was like a light switched on in a dark room. I was given a vision for what God wanted me to do with my life.
I desire to provide excellent comprehensive medical care including obstetrics to an underserved population in the name of Jesus Christ. The concept of continuity of care from womb to tomb is exciting. Before my second year of med school, I moved into Binghampton, one of the neighborhoods served by Christ Community. My decision to move there was motivated by the community’s many needs as well as relationships with the people that lived there. I am still learning a great deal about the culture that surrounds me, and how I can make a positive impact for Christ. I met my fiancé while she was doing a rotation at CCHS and staying next door to me in the neighborhood. I could not have asked for a more wonderful woman! She is passionate about the underserved and wants to pursue a residency in psychiatry. We are eager to intentionally make disciples for Jesus wherever we are, whether in the inner-city or overseas. She is a great artist, and I play guitar (specifically: worship and blues). We also enjoy salsa dancing and walking through our neighborhood.
A little about me...I grew up the youngest of five boys. I was always competing growing up, whether in monopoly, cards with my grandma, or in sports, I have always loved to compete. I have always enjoyed being outside whether that entails the lake, the mountains, hiking, or just walking my dogs, being out in the sun just makes everything better. There has been plenty of sun to go around too, as I have spent the majority of my life in Oklahoma and Texas enduring plenty a triple digit sunny day! I just finished up four years at the University of Oklahoma COM, after four years of undergrad at Baylor University. It was during the first year of medical school that I met the most amazing woman of my life who eventually became my wife just before the end of Medical school after 3 long years of patiently waiting! Oh it was the worth the wait though!
Now a little about how I ended up in Memphis...Like so many on med school applications, I wrote about how I wanted to help people. While that was true at the time, I didn't quite know what that would actually look like as doctor. No one in my family was in medicine. During my first year of medical school I was lucky enough to be surrounded by a group of guys that frequently discussed and searched out what it meant to be a Christian and a doctor and how those two went together, using God's word and older, wiser men as our guides. During the summer after my first year of med school, I got the chance to come out to Memphis to do a two week internship. That was the first time in my journey that I began to see Christian doctors who were truly living out their faith in their job, with their families, and in their interactions with their neighbors. It was amazing to see the doctors truly loving people to the point that their love didn't stop at 5 o'clock in the clinic, but continued when they went home and lived life around those same patients. I came out to Memphis for residency because I wanted to not only learn how to be a great doctor, (which by the way is a huge passion of mine and the people here as well who believe in true equality in medicine for the poor not just 'some' is better than none) but to learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ who makes more disciples. I could never have guessed that in my mere three months here so far I would have already learned so much in both of those categories. This truly is a special place.
I learned about CCHS through the Global Missions Health Conference and to be a Christ Community resident is evidence of God’s compassion. For 40 days, my closest friends woke up early in the cold, dark wintery mornings to pray for match day. They prayed for the right residency, great roommates, an encouraging community, for confidence, for God’s good will to be done, and I’m sure a slew of other things. God in his loving sovereignty and gentle kindness brought me to Christ Community. He also provided wise roommates, an inspiring house church, and a beautiful and dynamic intern class.
My hopes for the time I have here are to learn what it looks like for people made in the image of God, especially those who are crucially different from my very Asian-American Christian past experiences, to be in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I think to be pushed medically is important, but I find myself challenged and encouraged spiritually at Christ Community. This makes every day a blessing and the next four years of residency an exciting journey.
Here is a snapshot of myself: I am a small town guy from western Oklahoma that was raised in a family of three brothers. I love being with my family and friends. My favorite things to do with them include hanging out on a patio to enjoy the weather and being active out on the golf course. My eclectic side enjoys trying new foods (anything with goat cheese on it will do)! I also have a sensitive side that loves snuggling up with my wife while watching a movie (I’m not above a good Nicholas Sparks flick).
On a deeper level: Being from the Bible belt I was raised believing that it was just the cultural norm to go to Church. Religion never really had a significant impact on me early in my life. As I became older and went off to college, I never sought out the Church because it had no personal relevance to me. Thankfully God is full of GRACE and captured my heart. Because of Jesus, I was able to turn away from the things in life that I thought was bringing me happiness but in reality was killing my soul and set my eyes upon Christ. I always cling to Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God". I know from firsthand experience that no matter how lost we might be, Jesus Christ can rescue us! My journey to Christ Community started on a medical mission trip to Mexico where I discovered what God wanted me to use medicine for: to further the Gospel and love the poor. By no surprise God pointed me to a residency that was going to prepare me to do just that. From the beginning God orchestrated me coming to Christ Community. He even provided me with the love of my life, Kelsey, who was even more excited about this program than me! God really does work ALL things together for our good and me coming here is just another example of that. We are so excited to be apart of what God is doing in Memphis!
I am grateful that God was leading me and my husband Mike to Memphis just a few months ago. Mike, who is one year ahead of me in residency, was working at a great residency in Missouri when we had gotten married September 2013. It was assumed that I would also be attending this residency, but to our surprise, God had other plans. Both of us already knew some of the passionate and unique people in Memphis through our medical student rotations - I had first encountered Christ Community as a first year medical student when I spent a month in the clinics, meeting more CCHS Memphians and sitting under some great teaching and encouragement for the students from Dr. Rick Donlon and Nathan Cook. From there, I kept in touch with some CCHS people through the Global Mission Health Conference in KY every year and having Dr. Donlon speak to my medical school for retreats. So, I have always loved Christ Community, the people that make up her body, and the mission all of these people seemed to have in their hearts to do the hard thing that God was calling them to do, and to do so in preparation for future ministry/missions. In January 2014 when God dropped into our laps the opportunity of coming to Memphis for residency, we didn’t quite know what to do, but through much prayer, we believed that God was wanting us to be here. It’s seriously such an honor, privilege, and dream to be at CCHS, and to be a part of the team taking care of patients and living in the neighborhoods that God has chosen for us.
A little about me: I lived all of my childhood in the Bay Area, California and am the oldest of three girls to my hardworking and honorable Polish parents, Hubert and Margaret. My sisters are Marta (with new brother-in-law Vijay!) and Ruth live in Oklahoma. My parents especially, having immigrated from Poland before I was born, have taught me what I know about hard work, perseverance, and giving the glory to God. I am married to the greatest blessing to me apart from Christ - Mike - I love him! We both plan to do long term overseas missions soon after residency. I really like to spend time with my husband, make new friends, run, bake, study, and do projects around the home.
I’m Gareth, and this is my story. It’s not really my story though- it’s God’s story. My wife, Amy, and I moved to Memphis from Houston, Texas, where I spent the last four years in medical school. I love hiking and camping out in God’s magnificent creation and spending time with Amy. Now that you know me well, I can tell you that the reason I love medicine is that healing is God’s business. After all, that’s exactly what Jesus came to earth to do- heal the sick and lame, give sight to the blind, and even more importantly, heal our broken spirits and redeem our captive souls. To think that Jesus would choose to use even me in His plan of healing is beyond comprehension. As his servants and adopted children, we have the unique privilege of offering to our neighbors tangible examples of God’s endless love for them through our words and actions. I am overwhelmed to be part of a program that fosters the expression of God’s love to the needy amongst us. I pray that my life always points to Him. God has given Amy and me a heart for the nations and a passionate desire to make Jesus known wherever we are. That’s why we came to Christ Community- to live a radical life for our King, to live in community with other believers, dedicated to sharing his love with the poor, from Memphis to the ends of the earth. In all that we do, I pray daily that only Jesus gets the glory. We desire to live lives of service to the least of these in our community- the poor, the broken, and the lonely. My prayer is that, as Christ’s follower, His power and love would shine through this fragile, cracked clay jar, and that my life would be a fragrant offering to Him who died to set me free.
My name is David Huber. I am from Seattle and went to medical school/found a wife in Los Angeles. I love the mountains, the ocean, hiking, running, singing, travel, people and JESUS. I believe that Jesus Christ died for me while I was yet a sinner. Although I am not perfect, the driving force in my life now comes from that one fact and from the Spirit of Christ in me. I do what I do (medicine, marriage, exercise, hobbies, study, relationships etc) to enjoy God and for God's glory because He died that I may enjoy Him and glorify Him forever! I am privileged to be a child of the King and hope that I may make him look great to the world. I'm blessed to have a family who raised me in the church and loves me. I am happy to have a wife (Grace) who loves Jesus, and me too. I love her. I'm blessed to have a desire and opportunity to work for God's glory both in the US and abroad. I look forward to getting to know people in our neighborhood and hope to learn from them and also share Christ with as many as possible! I'm afraid of my sin and my lack of medical and soul-winning abilities, but I know that God is greater and He will purge me of that sin that I may run the race with endurance and that he will enable me to learn and practice great medicine and even allow me to lead some people to Him. I'm excited and honored to be a part of Christ Community Family Medicine because I see the love of God in these people and I see the power of God here, forming this residency and enabling these family doctors to have great patient outcomes. I look forward to the day when I will see Jesus face to face. When we will be his people and he will be our God. When there will be no more tears or death or pain. I work and live in anticipation of that day.
I was born in Malaysia, raised in Taiwan as a missionary kid, and moved to Texas for the final years of high school and then college. I never knew where to call "home" and always had a sense of adventure for everything. Though I have heard the Gospel many times before in my life, it was during my time in college that my eyes were opened, by His grace, to see and experience the redeeming power of the cross and the unconditional love of Jesus. It was also then that I experienced what it meant to live in authentic community and to participate in medical mission. I graduated Texas A&M University with more than just a Nutrition degree - I graduated with a deeper desire and passion to love and serve the Lord through medicine. In medical school, I realized medicine was not all powerful: people will always get sick and die. Rather, Jesus is The Healer and in Him only is life eternal. When I first heard about CCHS, I couldn't believe it - that there would be a program where a resident can get trained as a doctor, a disciple of Jesus, and a church planter. My husband, Andrew, and I are beyond blessed to be able to serve alongside God-fearing faculty and residents. During my free time, I love to cook, bake, run, travel, hang out with people over a good cup of coffee, and play my guitar and worship. We don't know where we'll be in the future, but what we do know is that we are so grateful and humbled to be in Memphis this season and to call this place our home.
I am originally from McDonough, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. I married my high school love, Aaron, then we headed off to New Orleans where I received my MD/MPH degree from Tulane and where Aaron completed a degree in Missions at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and taught high school math. We have a sweet little boy, Jude, almost a year old now. We are constantly humbled by the thought that God has been shaping every part of our story, from the seemingly bad like broken families, to the impossible like giving us the desire to give over our lives and the life of our son. Eventually, we want to be overseas. When people ask where, I say, “Where we’re not allowed to be!” That is our heartbeat—to go where others cannot or will not go in order that people who “cannot” hear will hear the truth that Jesus deserves their worship and wants them to enjoy Him forever! We came to Memphis because we don’t want to waste our life doing anything but that while I complete residency. We wanted to be a part of a community where God is moving and a community that will challenge us to live, not only for our future calling, but the calling to make disciples as we go. We have moved into Frayser where Aaron hopes to get involved at the high school and where we plan to plant our lives for as many years as God says to. We are anticipating the building of our faith through the challenges we will face, the miracles we will see, fellowship with the Church, and the amazing mentors God has given us during our time here.
My wife and I hail from the North - Michigan to be precise. I was born and raised there with the exception of some time spent overseas with my family. Growing up I never thought I’d be a doctor and even when I started medical school I was sure would never work in a clinic. Now, though, I’m in Memphis starting my family medicine residency at Christ Community. God is behind all of it. Looking back I can see how He led me step by step into medicine and down here to CCHS. Along the way He has blessed and taught us so much! He transformed our lives through the power of the gospel, even when we weren’t looking for it. We’ve been surrounded by amazing believers every step of the way, including amazing families, great mentors, and gospel-centered churches that introduced us to Biblical theology and missional living. Now it is our desire to glorify God with our lives, seeking to shine His light and share the gospel wherever we go. We found this same heart at Christ Community – the desire to glorify God with the lives and talents He has given us and this is the reason we wanted to be here for residency. We can’t wait to see what God does with our hearts, lives, neighbors, and patients while we’re here, or where He takes us afterwards!
Four years ago I felt an unexpected draw to Memphis for med school. The huge amount of need that I saw during my interview really stirred my heart. I had just graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a Biology degree and at this point I didn’t know exactly why I should go to Memphis, but felt that there would be great opportunity to serve there. I began med school thinking that I wanted to do primary care, but didn’t have a clear vision of what it would look like. Fortunately, God grabbed my attention early in my first year through some disciples of Jesus who were living in the inner city and using medicine to love their neighbors. Most of these people were working at Christ Community. After going through Agenda 5:15 (a video series designed to disciple med students) in a CMDA small group with Dr. Rick Donlon and meeting a missionary doctor from Memphis who works among unreached people groups, God changed the direction of my life in a big way. I was finally beginning to learn that the main thrust of my life should be to glorify God and spread the fame of Jesus. It was especially laid on my heart to serve the poor among unreached peoples overseas and share with them the love of Jesus! After my first year, I married my incredible wife, Sarah. She had a strong desire to live and do ministry in the inner city (which I had developed as well), so we moved into one of the neighborhoods where there is a Christ Community clinic. I discovered that I loved family medicine and was continuously reaffirmed in the decision to chose it as a career. It was clear to me that I should train at Christ Community Family Medicine. God’s hand has been evident on this program before it was established and as it has grown. There are not many places where you can find Christ centered, top-notch full spectrum family medicine training in the context of intentional Christian living. I have found that Memphis is an amazing city; God is working through the body of Christ here in so many incredible ways on a large scale. I learn meaningful truths every day from my neighbors, house church body and the Christ Community staff. God has been incredibly faithful and I am so grateful to be a part of this family!
God's story through my life begins in Wichita, KS where I was born as the youngest child with the best older siblings you could ask for. Though born in Kansas, Colorado Springs, CO is where I call home. A perfect weekend would include skiing, soccer, ultimate frisbee, hiking, rock climbing and camping in the mountains beside a ginormous campfire. God called me to medical missions when I was an undergrad at the Univ. of Colorado. However, it honestly was not until my 4th year of med school at the Univ. of Kansas that I realized I was pursuing medical missions more for humanitarian reasons rather than confessing that it is merely a tool to proclaim the life transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. I like medicine, I love people, but, by God's grace, my passion will forever be pointing people to the true Healer. I came to Memphis because people are already doing this here. Our medical mission field is wherever we are, whether it be in the inner-city or the 10/40 window. I am grateful, humbled, scared but excited to spend these next three years learning how to 1.) bring glory to God through medical care for the poor 2.) be a Gospel sharing missionary and 3.) love God with my heart, soul, mind and strength...and medical skills
I was born and raised in McPherson, KS as the youngest of three boys. After completing my undergraduate work at Greenville College in Greenville, IL, I returned to the University of Kansas for medical school. While in medical school, I decided to extend medical school a year longer to obtain an Masters in Public Health. I guess 20 years of schooling wasn’t quite enough so I decided to make it a nice 21. Serving in long-term medical missions has always been the end goal of any endeavor I have pursued and has heavily influenced any decision I have made. At an early age my family exposed me to the thrills of international travel. Additionally, my church emphasized providing service to the poor and disenfranchised. Naturally, pursuing medicine seemed like a fine direction to take to merge these two passions. I chose to obtain my MPH degree because I saw the importance of community health in a broader context. I chose to pursue family medicine because it merges that aspect of public health with the comprehensive care of the individual. Honestly, I chose Christ Community because I believe that God has called me here. Objectively, I chose it because it combines both the community and individual components with the spiritual. I know this place will challenge me spiritually, medically, socially, and emotionally. I am so excited to learn what it means to love and serve the poor for the glory of God for the next 3 years.
I'm Chris, from Colorado, and I love Jesus. Before Memphis I studied medicine in Loma Linda, California. God called me to move to Memphis because He wants to teach me about community, and - my friend - I have found community! I'm already best friends with the other residents, and its only been a few weeks. I had also been praying that God would place me in a neighborhood where I could be a positive influence for kids without fathers - and I found God placed children all around me. Today I took an eight-year-old boy, (whose first father was killed and second father is in jail) to church with me and now he thinks Jesus is cool because I do. Afterwards we spent the afternoon playing in the sprinklers, laughing, screaming, and soaking each other. I've never had so much fun in my life. But with the fun also comes the flipside of pain. The other night I came home to find the police at my neighbor’s house. Sam, a 16-year-old, was told by his mom to go off and play with his little brothers; when he came back, she had ran off and abandoned them. God has called me to a full life – full of joy, pain, laughter, suffering, intense adventure, and also simply waiting patiently on Him in the stillness. I've realized this life has nothing for me, nothing compared to the love relationship I've found in Jesus.
My husband Jay and I moved to Memphis from Phoenix, where I had completed my MD/MPH degree at the University of Arizona. Prior to medical school, I studied bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, worked in Boston at an intellectual property consulting firm for medical device companies, and volunteered in Liberia as a biomedical technician for Mercy Ships. I decided to pursue clinical medicine mid-way through my undergrad career, when the Lord developed a strong desire in me to serve Him with my vocation. Both my husband and I are committed to working in a low-resource setting, either among urban poor in the US or in an under-developed region of the world. In our professional and personal lives, Jay (who is pursuing a Masters in Counseling) and I hope to be used by God to bring hope and healing to hurting people, in His name, and for His glory. We were drawn to Christ Community because of the program's solid medical training, diverse and challenging patient population, inspiring and committed faculty and residents, and outstanding church community. In my (oh so abundant) free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, photography, running, singing, self-serve frozen yogurt, and figuring out new ways to incorporate breakfast foods into all meals of the day.
well I guess I should start off by telling you that my name's Donald and I'm a Clemson Tiger, to me it doesn't get much better than a saturday afternoon football game or sittin' in my favorite deer stand. Interesting enough until winter break of my sophomore year of college this would have been the way I chose to describe, even define myself. Amazing what our God can do. What is really worth sharing is telling what God can do in the lives of those who are unworthy. In 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Paul explains that he once acted in ignorance and unbelief yet was shown mercy for he understood "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst". What God has given me is truly a testament to how He appoints His children to serve in different roles. Right now that role for me looks something like this: I'm a disciple of a living Savior who has been given a righteous fox for a wife, Sarah, and a fun loving yet strong willed toddler, Adelaide. How the heck did we get here, well it's not because we're "hood" or "hard core", shoot we don't scratch that I don't have rhythm or soul (Sarah has a lil I guess) and yet here we sit living totally out of our comfort zone. It's truly as simple as this, God has given our family a willingness to go. In that, we feel we should go to places where others may not want to. I present to you example #1: inner city Memphis. What a better place to learn about serving our God in the ends of the Earth where most believers don't want to go? Saying that doesn't mean living incarnationally isn't without challenges and struggles, but who better to learn from than the people who are living out day to day the ministry we hope to take to the nations. During my one month rotation here 3 years ago God used wisdom from a few of his disciples to truly mold & transform the way I viewed ministry/missions/daily living. This helped to change our trajectory from maybe doing part time missions to truly desiring a life in the 10/40 window. Time will tell what the next 3 years will bring. "Now to the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen."
I was born and raised in Louisiana and attended LSU School of Medicine-New Orleans. Following graduation from medical school, I completed a year of internal medicine while awaiting the Christ Community Family Medicine Residency program to begin. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Robin, who practices veterinary medicine here in Memphis. We are not exactly sure what God has planned for us after residency, but for several years we have dreamed of opening a clinic in Baton Rouge, our adopted home town. While we are in Memphis, Robin and I are renovating a house in the Orange Mound community and can't wait to become a part of the neighborhood. In my spare time, I enjoy being in community with my neighbors and friends, reading, barbecuing, exploring new local food venues, and talking too loudly. I have been excited about the Christ Community - St. Francis Residency program since it was still a twinkle in Dr. Rick Donlon's eye, and I am even more excited about the future of the program.
I grew up on my family's farm in Ohio with my Mom, Dad, two sisters, and various pets. My high school was literally in the middle of a cornfield, and one of our rivals was from a town called Hicksville! Although I loved home, I crossed the border into the exotic state of Pennsylvania to attend Grove City College, a small Christian liberal arts school. It was during my four years there that the Lord drew me to surrender my life to Him, pointed my heart towards missions, and directed me into the calling of medicine. I feel extremely blessed that, after college, I got to go back home to attend medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo, Ohio. I started medical school with the goal of becoming a family practitioner and participating in full time missions to care for the health needs in whatever community the Lord placed me in while also sharing the news of Jesus Christ. Amazingly, after four years of studying, I emerged with the same desire. When I found out that the leaders of Christ Community were starting a track for family medicine residents and heard their vision to train people for the mission field here and abroad, I felt it was too good to be true. Surely, the Lord would call someone "bigger and better" than me to be in the first class. Therefore, I feel extremely thankful that the Lord blessed my desire to come to Memphis and look forward to the next three years very much!
I grew up in Lincoln, NE and Houston, TX before attending Duke University. After finishing up my degree in Biomedical Engineering, I returned to Houston for medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. While in medical school I met my now wife Jenny at the Urbana missions conference. Jenny and I were married shortly before moving here for residency, and we now live in the Beltline Community in Memphis. Jenny works with Christ Community Ministries' Refugee Program and Operation Broken Silence, an organization working to end human trafficking and slavery. When not busy with residency, I enjoy carpentry, physics and drawing.
I come from a big family of six sisters and two brothers from the mountains of West Virginia. I went to Alderson-Broaddus College in rural West Virginia for undergrad before heading to Marshall University in Huntington, WV for medical school. I enjoy spending time with my family, the outdoors, Taco Bell, soccer, reading, running, community, riding my bicycle, traveling, the Braves, and spontaneity. The Lord leading me to CCHS has been one of His great works in my life. His sovereignty brought me here with three great people to serve and learn alongside of over the next several years. There is a solid foundation and commitment within this community for living the way Jesus has asked us to live. A hunger for righteousness, a love of mercy, and a commitment to obeying Jesus' commission to bring reconciliation of the world through HIM guides and shapes the community. It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to practice medicine and care for others. To do it in a place that desires to glorify God in all that they do is a greater one. I'm excited to know I will be stretched, challenged, and encouraged by those around me over the next three years....gonna be awesome.