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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


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Dr. William Griffin serves as the Vice President for Dental Ministries at CMDA. A member of CMDA since dental school, he has served on the Dental Advisory Council since 2013. He averages about four dental mission trips each year, and also serves as the Director of CMDA’s Faith Prescriptions Resource. He 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.


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

The Western Region includes:

New Mexico
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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
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Northeast Regional Dental Coordinator
Open Position

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!

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For more information and resources

Spiritual Refreshment and Fellowship in the Colorado Mountains
March 2-9, 2024
Refresh your soul, mind and body at this unique event crafted for Christian healthcare professionals to fellowship with like-minded peers through intentional discussions focusing on Christlike leadership, all the while experiencing a spectacular piece of God's creation in Breckenridge, Colorado
2024 CMDA National Convention
May 2-5, 2024 CONVENTION SPECIAL: LOWEST REGISTRATION PRICE OFFER OF THE YEAR! The premier convention for all Christian healthcare professionals! 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.

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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.

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 ...

Gary Beaudreau, DMD – Veteran Dentist Inspires the Next Gen

Be inspired as you hear how Dr. Gary Beaudreau, CMDA’s Northeast Regional Dental Coordinator, has impacted many students both domestically ...

Malieka Johnson, DDS – A Multi-talented Dentist meeting Special Needs

Dr. Malieka Johnson, CMDA’s Western Regional Dental Coordinator, is passionate about treating her special needs patients.  When not providing dental ...

Lee Bridgeman, DDS – Many Gifts, One Goal

Lee Bridgeman discusses his role as CMDA’s Southern Regional Dental Coordinator while wearing many hats as a practicing dentist, a pastor, ...

Katie Musser, DMD – From Resident to Preceptor

Katie Musser discusses her role as CMDA’s Midwest Regional Dental Coordinator and her journey through the CMDA Residency+ program to now serving ...

Dental Advice – Steve Cartin

Steve Cartin discusses the changes to Dentistry and how to maximize your impact for the Kingdom thru your practice.   ...

Placement Service – Allen Vicars

Allen Vicars discusses the CMDA Placement Service and how they bring like minded Dentists and Dental Practices together to further ...

Unpacking Short-Term Dental Mission Trip Involvement – Greg Griffin, DMD

Over the course of many GHO trips, Dr. Griffin has served hundreds of patients.  His desire was to minister to ...

Timeless Principles of Dental Practice Management – Scott Bedichek, DDS, MS, ThM

How can a periodontal practice honor Christ? Listen to how the love of Christ motivates Dr. Bedichek to provide the ...

Building a Clinic in Africa – Dr. Caren Abraham, DDS

Caren Abraham, DDS shares about the exciting and challenging task of creating a dental clinic in Kenya.

CMDA Student and Local Ministry Groups – Rev. Bill Reichart

Bill Reichart discusses the role CMDA plays in the lives of Dental school students plus graduate dentists with community, support, ...

Dentist to Missionary – Michael O’Callaghan, DDS

Michael O'Callaghan shares about the journey the Lord has taken him on as he has gone from dentist to missionary ...

Call to the Middle East – Adam Algam, DDS

Adam Algam shares about his journey to the Middle East as a dental missionary and what God has taught him ...

Blake Westra, DMD & Tracie Liang, DDS: CMDA Exposed

Learn what happens behind the scenes from CMDA Trustees Blake Westra and Tracy Liang, including some of the very cool ...

Mick Williams, CMDA IT Director: Keeping Your Practice Cybersafe

Mick Williams, CMDA IT Director, shares about how Cybercrime is a booming business and dental practices are attractive targets. Find ...

Van Haywood, DMD: Whitening Plus

Hear how Dr. Van Haywood, the world recognized tooth whitening expert, has served CMDA members in multiple spheres over the ...

Pascal Magne, DMD, Ph.D: Exquisite Esthetic Dentistry

Pascal Magne DMD, Ph.D., is a pioneer in his approach to restorative dentistry and is world-renowned for his clinical, research ...

Scott Phillips, Mdiv: Local Ministry Dynamics

Scott Phillips, MDiv, CMDA San Antonio Area Director, discusses the ministry and outreach that the medical and dental students in ...

Steve Sartori, MD: Recognizing & Dealing with Stress

Steve Sartori, MD shares strategies on how to avoid and manage burnout. Dr. Sartori is Director of the Center for ...

Bill Angus, DDS: Local CMDA Chapter Involvement

Bill Angus, DDS shares about his involvement in the Richmond, VA chapter of CMDA and the impact it has had ...

Elizabeth Flaherty, D4: Stupid Joy

Elizabeth Flaherty shares about her experiences at the Emerging Leaders in Dentistry Symposium and how important the CMDA local chapter ...

A Better Way – Peter Dawson, DDS

Peter Dawson, DDS shares about his book "A Better Way: The surprising path to a complete life" with David Stevens, ...

Witt Wilkerson, DMD: Health Centered Dentistry

Witt Wilkerson, DMD, shares about his focus on Health Centered Dentistry, dentistry's role in the overall health of patients.

Trish Burgess, MD: Global Health Outreach

Trish Burgess, MD shares about CMDA's Global Health Outreach short term medical & dental mission arm and about the impact ...

Jeff Amstutz, DDS: Dental Residency + Program

Jeff Amstutz, DDS, discusses the CMDA Dental Residency + program, which is preparing a generation of dental disciples to go ...

2019 ELDS sound bytes

Selected excerpts from the CMDA's 2019 Emerging Leaders in Dentistry Symposium.

Colonel Bob Meyer, DMD: Dental Missions

Dr. Bob Meyer, Executive Director of the Christian Dental Society, shares his immense knowledge with respect to portable dentistry.  He ...

New VP of Dental Ministry-Bill Griffin, DDS

David Stevens, MD welcomes the newest member of the CMDA staff, Vice President of Dental Ministries, Bill Griffin, DDS.