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2017 CMDA National Convention


Plenary Speakers

Bert Jones
Rev. Bert L. Jones serves as the Senior Pastor at Woodburn Missionary Church in Woodburn, Indiana. He previously served as the President and CEO of GO InterNational, as well as the Director of Leadership & Church Ministries at CMDA. Prior to working at CMDA, Bert planted Harvest Community Church in Kittanning, Pennsylvania and served as its Lead Pastor. Since 1988, Bert has led multiple mission teams nationally and internationally. He has traveled on five different continents and to 33 different countries to teach and preach the gospel. Bert co-authored Leadership Proverbs with Dr. David Stevens. He is a certified instructor for the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and frequently teaches lessons regionally for the Perspectives movement. He graduated from Asbury University in 1989 with a degree in Bible. Bert and his wife Cheryl have been married since 1989 and have three children.

Ellie Lofaro
Ellie Lofaro is the founder of Heart Mind & Soul Ministries, and her message is a blend of plainspoken truth, common sense practicality and disarming humor. A serious student of Scripture and an observer of culture, Ellie has developed a unique teaching style that touches the heart, stimulates the mind and nourishes the soul— thus inspiring her to establish Heart Mind & Soul Ministries. Ellie has committed her life to sharing the gospel. She previously served as a youth group leader, public high school English teacher, women’s ministry coordinator and Christian radio talk show host. She continues to be blessed with a broad array of opportunities to communicate her passion for Christ through international speaking engagements, authoring books, appearing on radio and television and teaching a weekly non-denominational Bible Study. Ellie’s husband Frank is the CEO of Prison Fellowship International, and they have three children.

Richard A. Swenson, MD
Richard A. Swenson, MD, received his BS in physics from Denison University and his MD from the University of Illinois School of Medicine. In 1982, following five years of private practice, he accepted a teaching position with the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Department of Family Medicine where he taught for 15 years. He currently is a full-time futurist, physician-researcher, author and educator. He has written 10 books, including Margin and The Overload Syndrome. He has presented widely on the themes of margin, stress, overload, life balance, contentment, complexity, societal change, healthcare and future trends. A representative listing of presentations include medical, professional, educational, governmental and management groups, Congress, NASA and the Pentagon. He has written on the future of healthcare, helping to initiate a national multi-disciplinary group examining the healthcare crisis and exploring new paradigms. Dr. Swenson and his wife Linda live in Wisconsin.

Gene Rudd, MD
Gene Rudd, MD, serves as CMDA’s Senior Vice President. Dr. Rudd is a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, and he has extensive experience as a director of a maternal-fetal medicine training program and in rural healthcare practice. He has garnered several awards including the Gorgas Medal, presented by the U.S. government for the most significant achievement in preventive medicine. As a spokesman for Christian healthcare professionals in America, Dr. Rudd has received national media coverage. He has also conducted international programs with World Medical Mission, where he established the Christian Medical Mission of Russia. He directed the rehabilitation of the Central Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. Dr. Rudd’s experiences provide rich illustrations for inspirational and educational presentations. Dr. Rudd has communicated what God is doing through Christian healthcare by speaking at seminars, conferences and churches. He and his wife Gay have four children and live in East Tennessee.

Worship Leader

Stephanie Seefeldt
Stephanie Seefeldt loves to lead God’s people in congregational worship, using the best of both historic hymnody and modern worship music. She has worked as the worship leader in megachurches, neighborhood parishes and everywhere in between. She served at Elmbrook Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin under the leadership of Stuart and Jill Briscoe. As part of the worship leadership team of Anne Graham Lotz’s Just Give Me Jesus event, Stephanie has sung at venues as historic as London's Royal Albert Hall and as large as Atlanta's Philips Arena, but her true passion continues to be the local church. At Trinity Church in Baraboo, Wisconsin, where her husband Scott is the pastor, she serves as organist and worship coordinator, as well as women’s ministry and communications director. Stephanie and Scott have four children.

Workshop Speakers

Steven H. Aden, JD
Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in 2008, Mr. Aden has focused his litigation efforts on the sanctity of human life, free speech on public university campuses and the constitutionality of faith-based initiatives. A champion for life, Mr. Aden has worked closely with the attorneys general of numerous states, winning key decisions against Planned Parenthood and other abortion proponents. Mr. Aden earned his JD in 1989 from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating cum laude. He is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Hawaii (inactive).

William Angus, DDS
Dr. William Angus has practiced comprehensive dentistry for more than 40 years. Presently, his practice is limited to treating orofacial pain and TMD. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. Dr. Angus has certifications from the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Studies, Piper Clinic and the University of Florida Orofacial Pain Center.

Steve Cartin, MS, MDiv
Steve Cartin serves as a local Baptist pastor in South Carolina and as a Marketplace Minister to the dental community. As a former Air Force officer of 14 years, his pastoral and dental experience both extend back to the early 1990s. Steve has worked with private dental practices in the U.S., United Kingdom and Ireland, and he has conducted the Lead Like Jesus Leadership Encounter more than 25 times at home and in Europe and Central America. He founded Cartin Coaching & Management in 2008 after serving two years as an International Director of Operations for Jameson Management out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Steve lives and serves from Graniteville, South Carolina where he and his wife Sandra make their home and enjoy nine grandchildren.

William P. Cheshire, Jr., MD
Dr. Cheshire is a professor of neurology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and chair of the Ethics Committee at Mayo Clinic in Florida, where he also leads the Program in Professionalism & Values. At the national level, he chairs the CMDA Ethics Committee and the American Academy of Neurology Grievance Committee, plus he is President of the American Autonomic Society. Dr. Cheshire received his AB in biochemistry from Princeton University, his MA in bioethics from Trinity International University and his MD from West Virginia University. He completed his neurology residency and pain fellowship at the University of North Carolina. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in neurology and medical ethics.

Grat Correll, MD
Dr. Correll is a family physician in Bristol, Tennessee and also an assistant professor at Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee. He won “Best Doctor in Bristol” several times, including one of the first years he was in practice. Dr. Correll taught Saline Solution for CMDA for more than 12 years; has been serving on Global Health Outreach mission trips since the 1980s, serving as a trip leader since 1990; and, has been campus director for Quillen College of Medicine CMDA student group for more than 20 years. He and his wife Christy have two children, Katy and Drew, and two Great Dane dogs.

Peter Dawson, DDS
Dr. Dawson wears many hats! He is the author of five dental text books and the founder of Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Study. He is still actively teaching and excited about dentistry. He is a trustee of CMDA.


Dr. Rachel DiSanto
Dr. DiSanto is a wife, mother and family doctor in a rural community in Northeastern Vermont. One of her passions is medical missions to the developing world. She has participated on numerous Global Health Outreach teams and has focused in recent years on teams that help victims of human trafficking. This has led to work in her state on a College of Medicine task force to develop a curriculum for educating medical and nursing students about the issue of human trafficking and how to recognize victims in the healthcare setting. She speaks throughout the state to medical audiences on the topic. She also loves serving on the CMDA Board of Trustees.

Gloria Halverson, MD
Dr. Gloria Halverson is a professor emeritus of OB/Gyn at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is a team leader for Global Health Outreach working with trafficked women and girls in Nicaragua and has also worked in several other countries with these victims. She also serves on the CMDA Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Commission. She has helped write the online curriculum regarding human trafficking for CMDA. She lectures nationally and internationally on the subject and has co-authored a chapter for medical students about dealing with trafficking victims.

C. Christopher Hook, MD
C. Christopher Hook, MD, FACP, is a Consultant in the Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Special Coagulation Clinic and Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota. He chairs the Complement Associated Pathology and Thrombotic MicroAngiopathy (CAPTMA) Disease Group, having recently completed 11 years as the first chair of the Core/Consultative Hematology/Non-Malignant Hematology Group of the Division of Hematology. He is a graduate of Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois (BA, cum laude, in chemistry), and the University of Illinois College of Medicine (MD). He received his training in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. At Mayo Clinic, he was the founder of the Mayo Clinical Ethics Council, the Ethics Consultation Service, the Reproductive Medicine Advisory Board and the Transplantation Ethics Advisory Board for Mayo Clinic. Currently he is serving as the founding chair of the Mayo Enterprise Ethics Education Committee, which oversees activities throughout the entire multi-state Mayo Health System. He is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Bannockburn, Illinois. He also was a founding member of Do Not Harm, The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics. He is adjunct professor of bioethics at Trinity International University and Lincoln Christian University. He has served for many years on the CMDA Ethics Committee.

Walt Larimore, MD
Dr. Walt Larimore, award-winning family physician, bestselling author and educator, has been called “one of America’s best-known family physicians.” He serves as a visiting professor to the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Larimore is a prolific author, having published 32 books, 30 medical textbook chapters and nearly 800 articles in a variety of medical journals and lay magazines. His books have garnered a number of national awards, including a Book of the Year Award from ECPA and two #1 Best Sellers. Visit his website at His daily Bible devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, is available at

John D. Mellinger, MD, FACS
Dr. John Mellinger serves as the J. Roland Folse, MD Endowed Chair in Surgery, Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, Professor and Chair of General Surgery, and General Surgery Residency Program Director at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Mellinger serves on the CMDA Board of Trustees and is past academic dean of the Commission on Medical and Dental Education of CMDA. He also serves on the American Board of Surgery and chairs the General Surgery Residency Committee for that organization, and he is past president of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. Dr. Mellinger has received more than 30 teaching awards, including the outstanding Teacher Award of the Association for Surgical Education and the Educator of the Year Award of the CMDA.

John Patrick, MD
Dr. John Patrick lectures throughout the world helping audiences, regardless of their beliefs, to understand the pivotal role played in all societies by faith and religion. He works with the Christian Medical and Dental Society in Canada and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations in the United States. Dr. Patrick retired from the University of Ottawa in 2002. He served as Associate Professor in Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Biochemistry and Pediatrics for 20 years. He has done extensive research into the treatment of childhood nutritional deficiency and related diseases holding appointments in Britain, the West Indies and Canada.

Glenn Pearson
Glenn Pearson worked in the hospital industry for more than 30 years and now, as Principal of Pearson Health Tech Insights, LLC, applies his vast experience to help the healthcare industry fully embrace technology’s role in transforming healthcare. He came to know Christ in college and spent nine years on staff with Cru, five of them directing internationally touring bands as a blues/bluegrass harmonica player. His book That's A Great Question discusses mental filters that people outside the historical Christian faith use as they read the Bible to reinforce their skeptical presuppositions and has received high praise.

Christo Philip, MD
Dr. Christo Philip is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He served for the last three years as an emergency medicine consultant at Duncan Hospital, a Christian mission hospital in Bihar, India. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Philip received his BS in molecular and cellular biology from Texas A&M University and his MD from the Mayo Clinic. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He has lectured at multiple conferences across the world on providing emergency medical care in resource limited settings.

Elizabeth “Elise” Rich, DDS
Dr. Elise Rich is currently in her third and final year of the CMDA Dental Residency program in Memphis, Tennessee. This program includes full-time employment at Christ Community Health Services, a Christ-centered federal health center. She has a passion for the underserved and those unreached with the gospel.

Warren Rich, DDS
Dr. Warren Rich graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill Dental School in 1982. After three years of private practice, he and his wife Miriam felt called to continue their career serving God in Kenya, East Africa with Africa Inland Mission. They worked there for the next 25 years raising their six children and establishing a training center for Kenyan dentists and dental students from throughout the world.  Dr. Rich trained and discipled Kenyan dentists who had recently graduated, gave them a two-year experience and then helped them as they left to further their careers. In 2012, they returned to the U.S. to finalize the adoption of their Kenyan little girl, Hope, and to care for their aging mothers.

Dennis Sullivan, MD
Dr. Dennis Sullivan is a professor of pharmacy practice at Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, where he teaches pharmacy practice, pharmacy law and clinical ethics. He is also Director of the university’s Center for Bioethics.

Keir Thelander, MD
Dr. Keir Thelander was a missionary surgeon at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Africa from 2006 to 2016. He served as medical director and Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) Program Director during his tenure, seeing nine graduates complete the five-year General Surgery training program. In 2016, he moved from being the West Africa Director for PAACS into the position of Chief Medical Officer, overseeing the 12 PAACS training programs. His experience in cross-cultural medical education provides a foundation for engaging others who are also interested and passionate about the challenges inherent in such an educational process.

Margaret J. Yoon, MD
Dr. Margaret J. Yoon is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. She is a partner psychiatrist with Redeemer Counseling Services, a ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (NYC) and previously directed the Weill-Cornell Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a graduate of Harvard College and SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at the Cambridge Health Alliance and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at McLean Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital and is also trained in family therapy and college mental health.