San Antonio Chapter
The San Antonio CMDA ministry involves healthcare professionals from the San Antonio metropolitan area and surrounding communities. The various ministries are overseen by a professional council of about 35 local healthcare professionals (physicians, dentists, pharmacists, student leaders). The local council also undergirds the ministries of Scott Phillips, the Area Director for San Antonio CMDA, and Kellie Hooker, the Associate Director. Both work in full-time ministry, supported by donations from local professionals and a broad base of alumni.
The student ministry at the Health Science Center in San Antonio began as a Baptist Student ministry in 1978, under the direction of Roger Matkin. In 1992, the ministry made the transition to CMDA, and the ministry quickly grew. Kellie Hooker came on staff in 2002 as Associate Director and worked with Roger until he retired in 2007. Scott Phillips joined the staff at that time as Area Director.
The student ministry at the Health Science Center is broad in scope. About 25 medical, dental and allied health students form a Campus Ministries Leadership Team that works closely with Scott and Kellie to facilitate the various Bible studies, outreach events and student involvement in mission trips. The flagship event of the student ministry is a weekly luncheon on the campus reaching 150 to 200 students, faculty and staff. About 20 local churches participate in the luncheon by bringing food, while local professionals and pastors take turns speaking.
Both healthcare professionals and students participate in six border mission trips annually, offering free services primarily in the colonias along the Texas border. The ministry works closely with the dental school to provide the dental outreach. Additionally, both professionals and students participate in a summer week-long trip to Central America.
Other local ministries include numerous student-led weekly Bible studies and several Side By Side groups for wives of local healthcare professionals and students.