Upcoming Event: 2019 CMDA National Convention

This convention provides great opportunities for you to transform as you fellowship with Christian healthcare professionals, learn about current health and social issues, renew your faith through worship and network with exhibiting organizations. You don’t want to miss this event!

 Who should attend the National Convention?
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Dentists, Optometrists, Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician Assistants, Administrators and Office Staff, Residents, Students, all other healthcare professionals, and spouses of all healthcare professionals.
2019 Venue Information

LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center
P.O. Box 128
Ridgecrest, NC 28770

800-588-7222 (Reservations) - Please call directly for room reservations. Online reservations are not available.
828-669-8022 (Main Number)

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from Asheville, North Carolina, rests the tranquil LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center. Natural stone buildings and thick mountain laurel create a restful charm throughout the campus. The sunrises are spectacular, with ambient colors reflecting off the mountain mist. Ridgecrest’s beautiful 1,300-acre campus climbs from valley to mountaintop, offering elegant comfort in guest lodging and meeting space.

Ridgecrest provides a wide variety of lodging choices, from deluxe hotel rooms to RV camping sites. Mountain Laurel’s lodging space offers the best in guest accommodations including telephones with voicemail messaging systems, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, and easily accessible data ports to stay within an e-mail’s reach of your office. An inviting lobby area provides a warm place of fellowship for guests to get acquainted or to discuss the day’s events.

Ridgecrest is less concerned about keeping you in touch with the nightly news than we are about keeping you excited about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Televisions are intentionally not included within the guest rooms at Ridgecrest. However, they are available in some of Ridgecrest’s lobbies and other group fellowship areas.

Room rates:

Mountain Laurel  (Deluxe Rooms)
$109.00 - Per room per night

Rhododendron (Standard Rooms)
$99.00 - Per room per night

Pritchell (Standard rooms)
$79.00 - Per room per night

RV Sites (50 - 75 feet long)

Special Student/Resident Lodging
CMDA has reserved several rooms in the Walnut Lodge for students. Each room has two sets of bunk beds and one queen bed. The cost per person is $85 for Thursday through Saturday nights (no discount for fewer nights). In order to put your name on the rooming list, please call Melinda Mitchell directly at 423-844-1013.

Meal Packages
Thursday Dinner - Sunday Breakfast - $96 per person
Purchase your meal ticket at the time you make your hotel reservations.

Off-Campus Guests
Individuals staying off-site and coming on campus just for the meeting will be charged $25.00 per person as a day guest fee. This is a fee charged by Ridgecrest and is in addition to the CMDA Registration fee.

Call Ridgecrest directly at 800-588-7222, and mention Christian Medical & Dental Associations to receive the guaranteed room rate.

2019 National Convention Kids' Kamp

The CMDA Kids’ Kamp parallels the workshop and plenary sessions, leaving parents free to attend their choice of sessions. The children are well cared for in a safe, loving environment, as they explore Jesus in their lives. A day camp format is used which includes time for Bible lessons, sports, hiking, crafts, games, drama, music, team initiatives and maybe even a scavenger hunt! Infants and toddlers are cared for in their own special area.

The children’s program is designed for infants through 12-year-olds. So as not to disturb other conference participants, children are not permitted in the adult sessions.

Program Fees:
  • First child - $125.00
  • Additional children - $100.00 each
2019 Full Page Ad Plenaries

2019 Scheduled Speakers

Speakers are subject to change. Please check back often to see additions to the lineup.

John Stonestreet

John Stonestreet

President, Colson Center for Christian Worldview
More About John Stonestreet

As President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, John’s passion is to illuminate a biblical worldview for today’s culture. He’s a speaker, writer, cultural commentator, and collaborator of worldview initiatives. John directs conferences and curriculum projects, speaks to groups nationally and internationally, consults on worldview education for schools and churches, and appears frequently on web and radio broadcasts.

John is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of Breakpoint Radio, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also co-host of BreakPoint This Week with Ed Stetzer, and the voice of the Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues.

Prior to his current role, John worked in various capacities with Summit Ministries including executive director, overseeing the various aspects of the ministry to accomplish its mission of cultivating rising generations to resolutely champion a Biblical worldview.

Prior to working with Summit and The Colson Center, John was on the teaching faculty of Bryan College where he helped to develop a Christian worldview sequence for the core curriculum, as well as several non-traditional educational opportunities. He also directed the Bryan College Worldview Team, an innovative educational initiative designed to teach students to analyze worldviews using the lens of popular media and culture.

John holds a master of arts in Christian thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) where he graduated with honors. He is co-author of Restoring All Things: God’s Audacious Plan to Change the World through Ordinary People (with Warren Cole Smith), of Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage (with Sean McDowell), and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (with W. Gary Phillips and William E. Brown).

John and his wife Sarah were married in 2002. They and their three daughters and son live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Stephanie Seefeldt

Worship Leader
More About Stephanie Seefeldt

Stephanie Seefeldt loves to lead God's people in congregational worship, using the best of both historic hymnody and modern worship music. For more than 30 years she has worked as a worship leader in mega churches, neighborhood parishes, para-church organizations, and everywhere in between. Her resume includes providing music for such notables as Stuart and Jill Briscoe, Kay Arthur, Joe Stowell, Joni Eareckson Tada, the Billy Graham Association, Tony Evans, and Alistair Begg, but her true passion continues to be the glory of God on display in and through the local church. Steph and her beloved Scott serve at Zion Episcopal Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where Scott is the Vicar and Steph is organist and choirmaster. They spend their days chasing their children—aged from 10 to 20—to school, sports, music, and youth group events. Steph's favorite 'tentmaker' job of her life continues to be singing at an upscale supper club in Wisconsin Dells, where her weird ability to recall obscure ballads from the 1980's very much comes in handy.


Reverend Stan Key

Bible Teacher
More About Stan Key

Stan Key speaks frequently in churches, conferences, retreats, and camps both here in the U.S. and abroad. Stan’s education includes an M.Div. degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Th.M. degree in Missions from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has completed additional graduate work at the Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique in Vaux-sur-Seine, France.

After serving churches in Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois, Stan and his family served for ten years as church-planting missionaries in the suburbs of Paris, France with One Mission Society. From 1994–2012, Stan was the senior pastor of Loudonville Community Church in Albany, NY. Stan joined the staff of the Francis Asbury Society in 2013 and was named president a year later. He serves as editor of The High Calling newsletter and authored The Last Word (Warner Press, 2015), a study on the book of Revelation, Marriage Matters (Francis Asbury Press, 2017), and Jeremiah: Fire in His Bones (Warner Press, 2017). Stan is a member of the boards of One Mission Society and Sammy Tippit Ministries and has also served as the spiritual dean for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS).

Raised in Georgia, the son of a Methodist preacher, Stan came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ while he was a student at Asbury College. It was there he met Katy, to whom he has been married since 1977. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics)

David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics)

CEO, Christian Medical & Dental Associations
More About David Stevens

Dr. Stevens serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. He is the author of Jesus, MD, Beyond Medicine, co-author of Leadership Proverbs and Servant Leadership. From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Stevens served as a missionary doctor in Kenya helping to transform Tenwek Hospital into one of the premier mission healthcare facility in the world. Subsequently, he served as the Director of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, assisting mission hospitals and leading medical relief teams into war and disaster zones.   

As a leading spokesman for Christian doctors in America, Dr. Stevens has conducted hundreds of television, radio and print media interviews. Dr. Stevens holds degrees from Asbury University and is an AOA graduate University of Louisville School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice. He earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2002.

Nancy Pearcey

Nancy Pearcey

Author & Speaker
More About Nancy Pearcy

Nancy Pearcey is the author of the newly released Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. She is professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University and editor at large of the Pearcey Report.

Nancy Pearcey is the author of the newly released Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. She is professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University and editor at large of the Pearcey Report. Her earlier books include The Soul of Science, Saving Leonardo, Finding Truth, and two ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winners: Total Truth and (coauthored with Harold Fickett and Chuck Colson) How Now Shall We Live Hailed in The Economist as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual," Pearcey has spoken at universities such as Princeton, Stanford, USC, and Dartmouth.

Why Attend?

Here's what other attendees are saying...

Fellowship with other Christian healthcare professionals

"My first National Conference -- great experience!"

Increase your knowledge of current health and social issues

"Very good variety of education about real life issues in medicine. Great speakers."

Renew your faith

"The conference was encouraging, challenging and uplifting."

Network with more than 30 exhibiting organizations

"This was a wonderful weekend of challenge, instruction, encouragement, and proclamation of God's eternal truth."

Contact Us About Transform:

Melinda Mitchell
P.O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Toll free: 888-230-2637 
Direct: 423-844-1013

Previous Convention Resources
CMDA National Convention Archive
This convention provides great opportunities for you to transform as you fellowship with Christian healthcare professionals, learn about current health and social issues, renew your faith through worship and network with exhibiting organizations. You don’t want to miss this event!

2019 National Convention Schedule

Tuesday, April 30


2 – 5 p.m.

Board of Trustees – Committee Meetings

2 – 5 p.m.

Connections Conference – New Field Staff Orientation

7 – 9 p.m.

Board of Trustees – Prayer and Fellowship



Wednesday, May 1


8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Board of Trustees Meeting

8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Connections Conference 2019

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ethics Commission Meeting



Thursday, May 2


8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Connections Conference 2019

8:00 am - 12 pm

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Ethics Commission Meeting

New Representative Orientation and Training

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

House of Representatives Session


1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

House of Representatives Session (continued)

4 – 7 p.m.

Registration Check-in

7 – 9 p.m.

Plenary Session – John Stonestreet

9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Singles’ Reception

Bookstore Open House (Book Signing)

Friday, May 3



7:15 – 7:45 a.m.

Regional Breakfasts

7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Regional Meetings

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Devotions – Rev. Stan Key

10:15 – 11 a.m.

Coffee Break/Exhibit Hall/Fellowship

10:15 – 11 a.m.

Heart to Heart Fellowship

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Plenary Session Nancy Pearcey

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Estate Planning Luncheon/Seminar

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

2:45 - 5 p.m.

Dental Advisory Council Meeting

VIE Poster Session

3 – 5 p.m.

2 Specialty Tracks

  • Walt Larimore – Everyday Missionary
  • Drs. Stan Haegert & Steve Sartori - Center for Well-being

3 – 4 p.m.

AAME State Directors Meeting

3 – 5 p.m.

5:15 – 6 p.m.

Christian Physical Therapists (CPTI) Meet and Greet

Psychiatry Section Dinner & Panel Discussion

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Plenary Session Legacy Celebration

9 – 10 p.m.

9:30 - 11:00 p.m.

9:45 - 10:30 p.m.

Farewell Reception

WPC Game Night

Student/Resident/Fellow Bonfire


Saturday, May 4


7:15 – 8:45 a.m.

Women Physicians in Christ Breakfast

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Past Presidents’ Breakfast

National Student Council Transition Breakfast

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Devotions – Rev. Stan Key

10:15 – 11 a.m.

Coffee Break/Exhibit Hall/Fellowship

10:15 – 11 a.m.

Heart to Heart Fellowship

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Plenary Session Dr. David Stevens


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

National Student Council (open to all students)

1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

National Resident/Fellow Council (open to all residents)

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.


3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Break/Exhibit Hall/Fellowship
CCNP/FCPA Fellowship

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Dental Dinner

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

8:00 - 8:30 p.m.

CEO Commissioning Service

Concert with Stephanie Seefeldt

8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Global Health Outreach (GHO) Reception
Medical Education International (MEI) Reception

8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Women Physicians in Christ Bonfire



Sunday, May 5


9 – 10:30 a.m.

Worship Service Rev. Stan Key

Exhibiting Organizations

Alliance Defending Freedom – Booth #26 – BRONZE SPONSOR
15100 N 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Kevin Theriot, Senior Counsel, VP of the Center for Life

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.


American College of Pediatricians – Booth #16
PO Box 357190
Gainesville, FL 32635
Ronni Ann Lutovsky, Executive Administrator

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals. The College is committed to fulfilling its mission by producing sound policy, based upon the best available research, to assist parents and to influence society in the endeavor of childrearing. Membership is open to qualifying healthcare professionals who share the College’s Mission, Vision and Values.


Baptist Global Response – Booth #21
2728 Manorwood Trail
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Rebekah Naylor, MD, Global Healthcare Consultant

Baptist Global Response (BGR) is an international relief and development organization responding to acute and chronic disasters. In cooperation with its chief partner International Mission Board (IMB), healthcare volunteers are connected to needs all over the world. Persons called into long-term mission service are channeled to appropriate opportunities.


Christian Health Service Corps – Booth # 31 – BRONZE SPONSOR
PO Box 132
Fruitvale, TX 75127
Laura Smelter, Director of Training

Christian Health Service Corps specializes in sending, supporting and caring for healthcare professionals as long-term missionaries. Each day we bring compassionate, life-saving health services to thousands of families in communities around the world. We offer live and online continuing education courses to enhance preparation for short and long-term medical missions.


Christian Healthcare Ministries – Booth # 6 – GOLD SPONSOR
127 Hazelwood Avenue
Barberton, OH 44203
Joy Spriggs

Since 1981, Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM) has provided a platform for Christians to voluntarily and reciprocally share healthcare costs. Every month, CHM members experience their healthcare choice as a meaningful expression of Christ-given love for one another.


Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) – Spilman Lobby
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Founded in 1931, Christian Medical & Dental Associations is the largest faith-based physician organization in the nation. Called to serve Christ through medicine, CMDA addresses policies on healthcare issues; schedules foreign and domestic mission trips; sponsors student ministries; offers educational and inspirational resources; conducts marriage and family conferences; provides continuing education; and facilitates academic exchange programs. With more than 40 ministries, Christian Medical & Dental Associations is changing the face of healthcare by changing the hearts of healthcare professionals.


CMDA Marriage Commission – Booth #38
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Melinda Mitchell, Meeting Manager

The goal of the CMDA Marriage Commission is to stimulate an ongoing process of marital growth by teaching medical and dental couples from a biblical perspective the skills to refocus, rekindle, and recommit to each other as marriage partners and to Jesus Christ as their common bond and Lord.


CMDA Placement Service – Booth #1
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Allen Vicars, Director, CMDA Placement

CMDA Placement Service exists to glorify God by placing healthcare professionals and assisting them to find God’s will for their careers. We desire to place individuals in an environment which will encourage ministry. We make connections across the U.S. for physicians, dentists, PAs/NPs and practices. For more information, please contact 888-690-9054 or www.cmda.org/placement.


CMDA Psychiatry Section – Booth #37
2781 Hunting Hill Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
Marshall Williams, Section Administrator

The CMDA Psychiatry Section seeks to promote fellowship and provide community to support and encourage Christian physicians in the practice of psychiatry, as they explore the relationship between their faith and professional practice; to promote within the church the knowledge and understanding of valid psychiatric approaches to mental health and healing, consistent with Christ’s redemptive love; to contribute to the ministry of CMDA through participation, mentorship, prayer and sharing of our specific gifts and expertise; to join in the ministry of Christian missions; and, to present a positive witness of God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Savior, and the work of the Holy Spirit to colleagues, patients and society.


Equip International – Booth #17
267 Tast Drive
Wendell, NC 27591
Larry Litke, PhD, Director of Training

Equip International is a Christian organization that offers practical training in medicine and other appropriate technologies for those seeking to minister in the resource-poor environments of developing countries. Equip International’s two medical training courses offers continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, and mid-level medical professionals. More details can be found on the website www.equipinternational.org.


Fellowship of Christian Optometrists – Booth #36
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Jenifer Smith, Program Manager

The Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO), originally founded in 1986, recently became a Section of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) in 2017. FCO was established as an evangelical organization of Christian optometrists, optometry students, and allied ophthalmic personnel committed to worldwide eye care missions and intra-professional Christian fellowship.


Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants – Booth #3
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Sarah Steffens, PA-C, President of PA Section

Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants (FCPA) is a specialty section of CMDA, whose mission is serve the needs of Christian PA’s through offering the services and ministries of CMDA to equip each of us for service to the Great Physician.


Global Health Outreach (GHO) – Booth #4
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Patricia Burgess, MD, Director, Global Health Outreach

Global Health Outreach is the short-term mission arm of Christian Medical & Dental Associations. We use our general medical and dental teams, as well as, orthopedic and general surgical teams in 24 different countries to share help for the physical hurting and hope for the spiritual needy. We offer many different team focuses including family/student friendly trips, refugee care, human trafficking, orphan care, volcano relief, public health, and prison ministry.


Jerusalem University College – Booth #7
1185 Wesley Avenue
Xenia, OH 45385
Jonathan Webb, Program Coordinator

As a Christian educational institution located in Jerusalem, the mission of JUC is to deepen understanding of the Bible in its geographical and cultural settings. We exist to explore the ancient and modern contexts of the world of the Bible – our students get to know the word of God better.


Medical Education International – Booth #2
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Misty Carter, Administrative Assistant
Dr. Shari Falkenheimer, Director

Medical Education International (MEI) is short-term teams teaching healthcare professionals in academic or clinical settings to bring transformation by advancing medical, dental, bioethical and educational knowledge while modeling and sharing Christ with them.


Ronald Blue Trust – Booth #11
300 Colonial Center Parkway, Ste. 300
Roswell, GA 30076
Shay Mallick, Event Planning Manager

With nationwide trust capabilities, Ronald Blue Trust provides wealth management strategies and trust services based on biblical principles to help clients make wise financial decisions, live generously, and leave a lasting legacy. With over $8 billion of assets under management and advisement and a network of 13 branch offices, we serve over 8,000 clients in all 50 states.


Women Physicians in Christ – Booth #39
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Debbie McAlear, Administrator

The mission of Women Physician in Christ (WPC) is to encourage and support Christian women physicians and dentists as we share the unique challenges of our multiple roles 1) through authentic relationships; 2) through personal growth; 3) through discipleship and mentoring and 4) through professional development. Celebrating 25 years of ministry to women physicians and dentists in 2019!