At age thirty, Dr. David Stevens packed up his young family and moved eight thousand miles away from home to begin his life’s work as a missionary doctor. In his new book, “Jesus, M.D. A Doctor Examines the Great Physician,”Stevens details this great adventure.
Stevens, CEO for Christian Medical and Dental Associations [CMDA], will be the keynote speaker for the Gregory Center for Medical Missions (GCMM) at the Serving Like Jesus, MD in the Medical Missions Arena conference. Set for a two-day conference on January 10-11, 2019, Stevens will be will be addressing the subject of medical missions in the DeSantis Family Chapel on Thursday, January 10. Then, on Friday, January 11, he will provide the chapel session in Gregory Hall for pharmacy students, followed by a Q&A, book signing and reception.
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From 1981 to 1991, Stevens served as a missionary doctor in Kenya helping to transform Tenwek Hospital into one of the premier mission healthcare facilities in the world. Subsequently, he served as the director of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse. As a leading spokesman for Christian healthcare professionals, Stevens has conducted hundreds of television, radio and print media interviews. He holds degrees from Asbury University, is an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) graduate from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice.
“This is an exciting year for the Gregory Center for Medical Missions,” said Dana Brown, associate dean for academics, associate professor of pharmacy practice and acting director for GCMM. “In addition to Dr. Stevens’ visit, the Center will be sending out four medical missions teams to Clarkston, GA; Uganda; Dominican Republic and Honduras,” she said.
The Center will host Ron Brown, associate director of Global Health Outreach, a ministry of CMDA. On Friday, February 1, Brown will offer a chapel session in Gregory Hall, then on Saturday, February 2, he will conduct a medical mission team leader training from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. For those interested in joining the Center for this training, please contact Jacob Hawkor call (561) 803-2764 to reserve your slot.
Since its inception in 2013, the Center’s mission has been to foster the effective engagement of healthcare professionals in meeting the spiritual needs of under-served communities, both locally and around the world. “Working collaboratively with strategic partners in the Christ-first medical missions arena, the Center’s initial focus is on the profession of pharmacy – supporting awareness and implementation of best practices, providing pharmacy service-associated training and sending well prepared mission teams into the field,” said Brown.
According to Brown, Christian medical missions completely encompasses the PBA model of “Enlightening Minds, Enriching Souls, Extending Hands.” She says every facet of what we do as the Center aligns with this medical mission experiences are one of the best ways to train our students professionally and academically as they engage in a large number of patient interactions, sometimes seeing rarer conditions, while on the mission field. After comprehensively caring for a patient’s medical needs, students are given the opportunity to share the Gospel. And through this entire medical mission process, they are able to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus, the ultimate healer.
“Hosting Stevens as the GCMM’s first forum will increase community awareness of the impact of medical missions,” concluded Brown. “Students in healthcare disciplines, such as pharmacy, nursing and mental health counseling will better understand how they can use their chose profession to serve others in need.”