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CMDA's Dental Ministries is dedicated to encouraging and supporting dentists in living out their Christian faith in their professional and personal lives. We are an outreach that encourages and supports dental professionals and students as they strive to integrate their Christian faith into all aspects of their lives, while providing opportunities for training and equipping.

We are expanding our ministry, services and resources for our dental members, as well as intensifying our outreach in dental schools across the country. Students are an integral part of our ministry. Top leaders in dentistry from across the nation come together at the Emerging Leaders in Dentistry Symposium to train dental students to become a Christ-centered leader. Resources specific to students can be found at



Dr. William Griffin serves as the Vice President for Dental Ministries with CMDA. A member of CMDA since dental school, he has been a part of CMDA’s senior leadership team since 2019. He averages about four dental mission trips each year, and he also serves as the Director of CMDA’s Faith Prescriptions Resource, designed to help Christian healthcare professionals address the spiritual needs of their patients. Dr. Griffin enjoys opportunities to communicate the love of Christ, domestically and internationally, through healthcare.


Dr. Katie Musser serves as CMDA’s Residency (+) Liaison. She is a general dentist in Memphis, TN and has worked at a distinctly Christian Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Musser is a graduate of CMDA’s Dental Residency (+) program and has also served on the program’s faculty. She and her family live an intentionally missional lifestyle alongside other like-minded individuals.


CMDA expanded its Dental Ministries in partnership with the late Dr. Pete Dawson, and the chair position was renamed in his honor. An immensely popular dentist and lecturer, Dr. Dawson founded The Dawson Academy, a renowned training center that has provided continuing dental education courses for practicing dental professionals for more than 30 years.


Our ministries come to their most important focus at the community level where healthcare professionals, residents and students live out their faith in Christ together. Through our local ministry groups, we bring the healthcare community of Christ followers together to connect for discipleship outreach through local and international ministries and personal accountability. Contact your Regional Dental Coordinator today to learn more about how to connect with other CMDA members in your local area.

Malieka Johnson, DDS

Western Regional Dental Coordinator
Malieka Johnson, DDS
(619) 518-9000

The Western Region includes:

New Mexico
Jennifer Wade, DDS Pic

Southern Regional Dental Coordinator
Jennifer Wade, DDS
(817) 235-9766

The Southern Region includes:

North Carolina
Puerto Rico
South Carolina
Jonathan Spenn, DMD

Midwest Regional Dental Coordinator
Jonathan Spenn, DMD
(618) 420-5653

The Midwest Region includes:

North Dakota
South Dakota
Jonathan Spenn, DMD

Northeast Regional Dental Coordinator
Jonathan Spenn, DMD
(618) 420-5653

The Northeast Region includes:

District of Columbia
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
West Virginia

Dental Residency [+]

CMDA Dental Residency [+] is preparing a generation of dental disciples to go throughout the United States and the World providing excellent quality dental care to the poor in the name of Jesus.

The dental providers and staff at the CMDA Dental Residency [+] believe we are commissioned by Christ to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Eph. 4:11-13) Our work is to prepare dentists to serve the dental needs of the poor in urban centers of the United States and the far reaches of the globe. We equip dentists not with gear, but skills, character and community that will last much longer.

Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has joined forces with Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) to equip dental disciples for service!

Great Commission Dental Conference
October 4-5, 2024
The Christian Dental Association, in conjunction with the Christian Dental Society, invites dental professionals across the country to join us for this unique event which will focus on proclaiming the love of Christ locally and internationally through dentistry.

Contact Dental Ministries


Our dental audio, video and print resources are specifically designed to give you the knowledge and tools you need to effectively serve the Lord in your life and your dental community. These are only just a small selection of the resources available through CMDA, so please visit CMDA's Resources for more information.

Salt and Light in Healthcare

Dr. Walt Larimore is hosted by Dr. Bill Griffin and Dr. Mike Chupp in this podcast, which was previously released ...

Lessons Learned from the ADA’s 2024 Humanitarian of the Year Award Winner

Dr. William “Bill” Sasser has enjoyed a long career as a dental missionary and has introduced many others to the ...

Growing in Christ through Physical Hardship

Dr. Joe Bolil has had more than his share of physical challenges over the past few years, yet he continues ...

The Signals of Transcendence

Author and social critic Os Guinness talks about his latest book called Signals of Transcendence.    

The GHO Dental Experience

Dr. Bill Griffin shares about the exciting opportunities for dentists to use their skills on GHO mission trips. GHO Trip ...

We’ve Got Your Back – Ergonomically Speaking

Providing dental treatment can be a physically tedious pursuit, often leading the dental team into strenuous positions that can compromise ...

Dentist Trades Successful Practice for Greater Joy in Rwanda

Dr. Thomas Lee established a successful practice in Southern California, then the Lord used a short-term mission trip to refocus ...

Kingdom Growth in Rural Kenya Through Dentistry

For the past three years Dr. Caren Abraham has been working to establish the first dental clinic in a region ...

Cajun Campus Advisor

Rather than jumping into retirement, Dr. John Ward chose to follow his private practice days with a faculty position in ...

Trials and Triumph Through Christ

About a decade ago, Dr. Mark Brunner was diagnosed with a benign inoperable brain tumor.  The physical and mental challenges ...

Dental Incarnational Discipleship

Dr. Katie Musser talks about how God is working to create disciples in dentistry through CMDA’s Dental Residency [+] program ...

WPDC’s Dental Champion

The dental component of CMDA’s Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ (WPDC) has grown by leaps and bounds over the ...

Military & Missionary Dentist Moves into Midwest Ministry

Dr. Jonathan Spenn is CMDA’s new Midwest Regional Dental Coordinator, a position which will allow him to energize dental school ...

Loving Patients Battling Substance Abuse

Drs. Timothy and Nikki Allen to talk about their work serving the underserved, especially those who are struggling with addiction ...

Incorporating Spiritual Interventions Into Your Practice

Dr. Cathie Scarbrough talks about bringing your faith into healthcare by incorporating spiritual interventions with Dr. Mike Chupp and Dr. ...

Master Dentist, Philanthropist and More

 Dr. Perry Stamatiades, in addition to owning and managing a comprehensive dental practice in Asheville, NC, is a lecturer and ...

Stopping Touchdowns and Tooth Decay

Dr. Terry Schmidt, who spent more than a decade playing in the NFL before becoming a dentist and CMDA member, chats ...

Ministering to Missionaries

For over four decades CMDA has held annual conferences to minister to international missionaries and their families with continuing education ...

Benefits of Private Practice Ownership

Greg Gilbaugh, DDS, expounds on leadership principles that can best be exercised through ownership of one’s private practice. Listen Now!

Ukraine Dental Outreach

Drs. John Pfefferle and Phil Aday, GHO veteran dentists undeterred by war in Ukraine, joined forces to provide care for ...

Canadian Christian Dental Ministry Launched

Dr. Katrina “Kate” Brouwer, ICMDA Dental Ministry Manager of Canada, shares her vision for establishing dental ministry across Canada.  Check ...

CMDA Stewardship Development

George Courtney and Jamie Mijeski of CMDA’s Stewardship Department share practical advice on financial stewardship and serving God rather than ...

Recognizing and Dealing with Stress

Steve Sartori, MD, the former Director of CMDA’s Center for Well-being, shares timeless wisdom to equip us for dealing with ...

Student Ambassadors for Christ

Dental students Tanner “TJ” Swanson and Caroline Miller share their vision of serving Christ through dentistry, which is developing along ...

Kevin L. Aduddell, DDS – Faith in the Practice

Kevin L. Aduddell, DDS discusses his role in the Faith Prescriptions series.

Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA – Do It All As To The Lord

Be inspired as you hear how Dianne Watterson has done it all as to the Lord during her extensive career ...