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2017 Member Awards

2017 Educator of the Year Award

Dr. William and Mrs. Judith Wood
Award Presentation Video

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
—Henry Adams

The Educator of the Year Award is presented to Christian healthcare professionals who are exceptionally dedicated to using healthcare education to change the world. These devoted individuals strive to provide the best education to their students, taking time to share their knowledge, integrity and compassion. Undeniably, they are committed to God and living out their faith. It is due to their dedication to educating and inspiring others that the Christian Medical & Dental Associations is proud to present the 2017 Educator of the Year Award to Dr. William and Mrs. Judith Wood.

William, known as “Bill,” and Judith, known as “Judy,” were both raised in Christian families. Bill’s father was the pastor of Harvard Avenue Bible Church in Chicago, while Judy’s father was Dr. Harold Lindsell, one of founding professors of Fuller Theological Seminary and editor of Christianity Today. As a result of the spiritual influence of their families, they both committed their lives to Christ as young children and have known the joy of His presence in their lives through faith gifted by the Holy Spirit. Bill and Judy met at Wheaton College and married as soon as Judy graduated. Two weeks later, she was teaching English to junior high students in Needham, Massachusetts, as Bill completed medical school. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1966 and then began his internship and residency in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. After spending several years in training at the hospital, he was the Chief Resident in Surgery in 1974. When their children began arriving, Judy stayed home to raise the kids but continued to teach women’s Bible studies. Bill also taught adult Sunday School classes at their church.

He stayed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard for the next 15 years, serving in a variety of clinical and academic capacities including assistant surgeon, co-chief of surgical oncology, associate professor of surgery, chief of surgical oncology and more. During this time, he also served on a wide variety of committees and boards, including the faculty council at Harvard, the American Cancer Society and more. In 1991, he became Chair of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and Chief of Surgery at Emory University Hospital. He retired as Department Chair in 2009.

Currently, Dr. Wood is the Distinguished Joseph Brown Whitehead Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and Professor of Global Health in the Hubert Department of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health. Since 2012, he has also served as Academic Dean of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeon’s 10 surgical residency programs in Africa. Dr. Wood has devoted his research efforts to oncology, first in the immunology of autoantibodies to tumor associated antigens, then in clinical trials of multimodality treatment of breast cancer.  

Dr. Wood’s dedication to education and research is shown through his countless professional, board and committee assignments and appointments. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the International Prevention Research Institute of Lyon, France, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Africa Oxford Cancer Foundation, Oxford. He has been a Governor of the American College of Surgeons, Director of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and President of the Society of Surgical Oncology. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Oncology and the associate editor of Annals of Surgical Oncology, plus he has written more than 280 full-length scientific articles and 35 book chapters and has edited or co-edited seven books.

Throughout it all, Judy has been by his side supporting his efforts and offering encouragement and counsel. They have three grown children: Kris, a medical missionary in Uganda with her husband Mike and their four kids; Billy, a screenwriter who lives in North Carolina; and Lindsay, who lives in North Carolina with Gordon and their three boys. Bill and Judy attend Christ Church of Atlanta, where he currently serves as Senior Warden.

In his own words, Dr. Wood said, “Anything that I may have accomplished in medical education has been dropped into my lap from my gracious heavenly Father from whom comes every good gift. Any praise goes entirely to Him.” In recognition of a life of godly service and academic achievement, CMDA proudly presents the 2017 Educator of the Year Award to Dr. William and Mrs. Judith Wood.

2017 President’s Heritage Award

Richard A. Swenson, MD
Award Presentation Video

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates
day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its
leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

—Psalm 1:1-3, ESV

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is honored to present the 2017 President’s Heritage Award to Dr. Richard Swenson. This award is given to individuals whose lives and work support the mission of CMDA.

Richard received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Denison University in 1970 and his medical degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1974. Following five years of private practice, in 1982 Dr. Swenson accepted a teaching position as Associate Clinical Professor within the University of Wisconsin Medical School system-Department of Family Medicine where he taught for 15 years. He currently is a full-time futurist, physician-researcher, author and educator. As a physician, his focus is “cultural medicine,” researching the intersection of health and culture. As a futurist, his emphasis is fourfold: the future of the world system, Western culture, faith and healthcare.

Dr. Swenson has traveled extensively to 60 countries, including a year of study in Europe and medical work in developing countries. He is the author of nine books, including the bestselling and award-winning Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives and The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live within Your Limits. His latest book, Contentment: The Secret of a Lasting Calm, was released in 2013.

He has written and presented widely, including both national and international settings, on the themes of margin, life balance, contentment, stress, overload, complexity, societal change, healthcare and future trends. A representative listing of presentations include a wide variety of career, professional, educational, governmental and management groups, most major church denominations and organizations, members of the United Nations, of Congress, of NASA and of the Pentagon.

Dr. Swenson has given keynote presentations to national medical conferences such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Association of Occupational Medicine and the U. S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Commander's Conference. He has given a dozen presentations at the Mayo Clinic as well as hundreds of other national, state and local medical settings. He also has researched extensively and written on the future of healthcare, helping to initiate a national multidisciplinary group examining healthcare reform and exploring new paradigms. He was presented the National Leadership Award from the Central States Occupational Medical Association for his original work on margin and overload.

He has been a member of CMDA since 1974, and he has become a well-known author and speaker who travels to a variety of CMDA conferences and meetings on a regular basis. He is a favorite speaker at many of our events throughout the year, and CMDA has published or co-published some of his books and videos. Dr. Swenson also has served as a member of the editorial board for Today’s Christian Doctor, as well as a consultant whose insights significantly shaped our ministry perspective and initiatives.

Dr. Swenson and his wife Linda live in Menomonie, Wisconsin. They have two sons, Matthew and his wife Suzie, and Adam and his wife Maureen, as well as a granddaughter, Katja Elizabeth. In recognition of his ministry of challenging and transforming our minds, we are pleased to present the 2017 President’s Heritage Award to Dr. Richard Swenson.

2017 Servant of Christ Award

Dr. Ed and Mrs. Debby Read
Award Presentation Video

“It is by serving God and others that we store up heavenly treasures. Everyone gains; no one loses.”

—Randy Alcorn

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is honored to present the 2017 Servant of Christ Award to Dr. Ed and Mrs. Debby Read. Established in 1972, the Servant of Christ Award honors those whose careers exemplify commitment to medical excellence along with a stalwart faith in Jesus Christ. Their journey as servants of Christ carried them from Rhode Island to Pennsylvania to Virginia, as well as other far-reaching locations around the world. As this year’s recipients, their career in healthcare practice and ministry has been blended with a commitment to serving others through a deep commitment to God’s call on their lives.

Ed and Debby’s journey together began when they met and became high school sweethearts at age 15. They both attended the University of Delaware and were married in 1973 after Debby’s sophomore year of nursing school. Ed began medical school at Jefferson Medical College three days after the wedding. Debby completed her nursing degree in 1975 and worked as a pediatric nurse until they moved to Jacksonville, Florida to begin Ed’s family medicine residency training program with the U.S. Navy in 1977.

Their first child was born during the second month of Ed’s internship. It was a stressful time with a move to a new area, the demanding residency schedule and a new baby. Debby was invited by another resident’s wife to attend a women’s Bible study. Opening God’s Word for the first time with this supportive group of women was an answer to her seeking heart. She accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and began a close walk with Him that changed her life. Ed watched the peace and joy evidenced in Debby’s changed life. Ed began attending a small group Bible study and church, and he became a believer a year later.

While Ed was in the Navy, they were stationed in Guam and Rhode Island, and they added two more children to their family. After eight years of active duty service, Ed accepted a position as an emergency room physician in Pennsylvania in 1985. God brought two more children into their family in 1991 when they adopted two half-brothers, ages 4 and 6, with special needs. Ed found ER medicine to be a fulfilling call from the Lord and was actively involved in leadership in their local church. Debby focused on nurturing and discipling their five children. She volunteered as a counselor at the local Crisis Pregnancy Center, taught childbirth classes and led the church’s women’s Bible study for 15 years.

God gave Ed and Debby a heart for healthcare marriages as they watched so many marriages end in divorce within a few years after completing residency. They felt God nudging them to begin a Bible study for couples in the medical field. God used this time with medical couples to draw their hearts to the calling of coming alongside of medical students, residents and spouses who were much earlier in their careers. Since the closest medical students and residents were two hours away, they began to fast and pray while seeking God’s leading in what He had planned for them. In 2003, they became the Area Co-Directors for CMDA’s Campus & Community Ministries in Richmond, Virginia. In their time as field staff for CMDA, they had an amazing influence on hundreds of students, residents, graduates and spouses who were involved in the local CMDA ministry in Richmond. Responding to God’s prompting and the encouragement of her Side By Side group, Debby wrote a book for medical wives called Prescription for the Doctor’s Wife. This book continues to positively impact many lives as it brings hope and healing to the unique needs of a medical marriage.

Ed and Debby had the joy and privilege of joining God in His work through CMDA in building a ministry on campus at MCV. Then, in 2013, Debby felt called by God to build a very different ministry. God gave Debby a vision to build a transitional home for those in need of housing in the rural county where they live. Ed felt called to this new ministry as well, so they spent two years praying to discern God’s will in this next step. It was difficult for them to leave their roles with CMDA, but they continue to be very involved with the ministry by attending occasional student Bible studies and serving on the Richmond Council. Ed leads a mission trip during Spring Break, while Debby leads her local Side By Side group.  

God has led them on an amazing faith journey as they have founded The Journey Home in Mineral, Virginia, for those in need of a temporary place to live while they rebuild their broken lives. They hope to begin building the home this year as churches and community organizations partner alongside them. They are excited to see all the awesome things God will do through this home to transform lives. They greatly appreciate your prayers in this humbling next step.

In recognition of lives focused on serving God no matter where His call leads them, CMDA proudly presents the 2017 Servant of Christ Award to Dr. Ed and Mrs. Debby Read.

2017 Missionary of the Year Award

Dr. Ken Chapman
Award Presentation Video

“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.”
—Matthew 9:35-36, ESV

The CMDA Missionary of the Year Award exists to honor outstanding missionary healthcare professionals who give countless hours to bring healing and God’s light to those who are suffering. The missionaries we recognize each year have been instruments of God to inspire others to develop a heart for missions. It is an honor for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations to present the 2017 Missionary of the Year Award to Dr. Ken Chapman.  

Ken grew up in a Christian home, regularly attending the church where his mother was the director of the choir and his father was an active member. He received a good spiritual foundation, but for many years he lacked assurance of salvation. Then, in his first year of dental school at the University of Texas, he met some classmates who were excited about their relationship with Christ. He knew he wanted to have that relationship, and eventually he attended a Campus Crusade seminar to learn how to share his faith. In Ken’s words, “It was as we were being taught that I came to understand that I should not depend on my feelings, but on the trustworthiness of God and His promises. It was at that time that I received assurance that Christ was in my life. That was a defining moment in my life.”

After that experience, Ken began growing in his faith. His first missions experience was between his third and fourth years of dental school when he spent six weeks in Korea working under an American missionary dentist. After graduating with his dental degree in 1974, Dr. Chapman worked in a private dental practice in Texas until 1977. In 1978, Dr. Chapman returned to the mission field when he spent seven months in Liberia working as a missionary dentist with Missionary Dentists, Inc. He joined Campus Crusade for Christ as a full-time staff member in 1979 for a two year commitment to serve in Uganda, and he has worked with them ever since.

Beginning in 1980, Dr. Chapman began working as a dentist at Mengo Anglican Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Since then he has spent the majority of his professional career working and living in Uganda. In 1990, Ken returned to the U.S. to spend a year working as a resident in the family dentistry department at the University of Connecticut.

Ken met his wife Lynn in Kenya on a bus trip to a Campus Crusade conference in 1989. Lynn, who is a registered nurse, was working in community health evangelism in Uganda at the time. In 1992, Lynn returned to the U.S. to begin working at Campus Crusade’s international headquarters in Orlando, Florida. They were married in 1997 in Orlando, where Ken also completed graduate courses in theology at Reformed Seminary. Their daughter Brianna was born in 1999, and they then returned to Uganda as a family in 2000. They adopted their daughter Sophia in 2005 in Uganda.

Ken says CMDA has been a tremendous blessing to him, both professionally and spiritually. He began attending the annual Continuing Medical and Dental Education conferences in Kenya in the 1980s, and he has regularly attended these conferences ever since. In fact, their family doesn’t want to miss a single CMDE conference!

In recognition of their devotion to cross-cultural service, the Christian Medical & Dental Associations proudly presents the 2017 Missionary of the Year Award to Dr. Ken Chapman.