CMDA Midwest 2023 Fall Conference

September 29, 2023 – October 1, 2023

Maranatha Bible Conference Center 4759 Lake Harbor Road, Muskegon, Michigan 49441, US


Few would have anticipated that the social movement that would in many ways define this decade would be transgenderism, not least because it seemed fairly obvious to all parties not so long ago that being a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ was biologically determined and not the result of subjective identification. And yet, here we are! Christians, especially in healthcare, find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Our conviction that God created each person in His image, either male or female He created them (Gen. 1:27), and to use medicine to heal rather than to do harm lead us to reject the ideology of transgenderism, while at the same time the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves leads us to engage people with kindness and compassion.

At this year’s Midwest Fall Conference, we will be joined by Dr. Paul Hruz, pediatric endocrinologist at Washington University in St Louis, who will guide us through thinking about these issues from a Christian worldview. We will hear not only the science relating to the issue of gender identity disorder and gender transitions, but also about the ethical and legislative dimensions of the debate, as well as best practices for providing compassionate care to those experiencing a disconnect with their sex. Please join us for an informative and encouraging lecture series!

Student Scholarships Available.

Member Only $165
Member w/ Spouse $225
Retired/Missionary/Resident only $155
Retired/Missionary/Resident w/spouse $185
Adult Guest $150
Student only $ 75
Student w/ Spouse $100
Children’s Program (pre-school & elementary) $ 75 (per child)
Babysitting (3 & under) $ 50 (per child)

Registration costs above reflect the price for current CMDA members. Non-member adult pricing, add $60 or consider becoming a member here. Childcare is the same for members and non-members.

**Registration fees are not refundable.  Cancelled registrations will be processed as a donation to the CMDA Midwest Fall Conference. All donations to CMDA are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Fees or costs to attend a CMDA event are not donations, but they may qualify as a business or educational deduction for tax purposes. Please confer with your tax consultant.

Maranatha Bible Conference Center is located amid the dunes of Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, near Muskegon, Michigan. Maranatha offers nearly 100 acres of family enjoyment. During our Saturday afternoon free time, you may take advantage of tennis, volleyball, the indoor gym with exercise room, or take a leisurely hike through the woods or along the Lake Michigan beach. For more information, see the Maranatha website @:

Accommodations will be in the Maranatha Lodge or Family Condos offering hotel-quality lodging. All CMDA sessions will be held in the Family Life Center. Adults will meet in the spacious, Michigan Room, while nursery and toddlers are next door. Preschool and children’s programs will meet just across the hall. Meals will be served on the lower level of the Maranatha Lodge, just steps away from the Family Life Center. Simply an unforgettable weekend!

Cost includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals.

Linens are provided but no daily maid service.


$221/person, Double Occupancy
$243/person, Single Occupancy

$199/person (3 or more adults/person)

Children / Teens
15-18 $199/person
10-14 $184/person
5-9 $152/person
4 and under Free

Participants commuting daily:

Conference registration fees are the same for day guests. See the tab “Registration Fees” above.

Instead of the cost of accommodations above, Day Guests will be charged $15 per day (this fee is required by the venue and not part of registration cost), plus meals.

Meal pricing for Day Guests is as follows, in order of breakfast, lunch and dinner:

Adult:   $13.00    $15.75    $19.95

15-18    Same as adult
10-14    $9.52      $11.60      $14.72
5-9        $8.33      $10.15      $13.80
4 and under    Free

Dr. Hruz is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Cellular Biology and Physiology in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes within the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Hruz received his BS from Marquette University and his MD and PhD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Paul has more than 20 years of clinical experience in caring for children with disorders of sexual development. He also has formal certification in healthcare ethics and is a regular contributor to his university’s course in research ethics for graduate students. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters and has become an especially important voice in the conversation about transgenderism and medicine.

Friday, Sept. 29:

6:30-7:45 PM Registration & Check-in
8:00-9:30 PM SESSION 1: A Biological Understanding of Man and Woman

Saturday, Sept. 30:

9:15-10:15 AM SESSION 2: Medical Approaches to Alleviate Suffering from Sex Discordant Gender Identity
10:15-10:45 AM Coffee Break
10:45-11:45 AM SESSION 3: Ethical Considerations in Addressing Gender Dysphoria and Disorders of Sexual Development
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00-5:30 PM Recreational Time
5:30-6:30 PM Dinner
7:30-9:00 PM SESSION 4: Legislative Influences on Healthcare Delivery Related to Sexual Identity

Sunday, Oct. 1:

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:15-10:15 SESSION 5: Effective and Compassionate Care for Patients with Sex-Gender Identity Discordance
10:15-11:00 Worship // Bible Devotional by Connor Ham
11:00-11:15 Closing announcements
12:00 PM Lunch and checkout