The 2023 CMDA West Coast Winter Conference at the Cannon Beach (Oregon) Christian Conference Center offers all healthcare professionals and their guests the opportunity to hear outstanding inspirational and educational speakers while enjoying the scenic, even iconic and inimitable Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coastline. The combination of informal didactic sessions, group discussions, Q & A plus plenty of free time Friday and Saturday afternoons creates a refreshing investment for professional and personal renewal. This year’s Guest Presenter is Andre’ Van Vol, MD speaking on Healthcare Professionals & The Transgender Tsunami.
Cory Wilson, MD and Wes Ehrhart, ThM, will also join us on the speaking team.
Main Conference Plus an “Early Day”
Four years ago, Mike Chupp, MD, our CEO, asked me to make every effort to make this, CMDA’s longest-running and best attended regional conference at Cannon Beach, OR something special because the CMDA national conventions all happen in the east and mid-west. So, one thing I did was to extend this regional conference by one day. This next year, the main conference starts Friday night and goes through Sunday lunch, January 20-22, 2023, and the extra day is January 19. My rationale for extending this event is so that those traveling long distances feel good about having invested the time and $$$ to come all the way to the Oregon Coast. On average, almost half of all those who have attended this event since we added Thursday night and Friday morning and afternoon have taken advantage of it. A two-night get-away for any reason always seems too short for my wife and me, so I hope you will join us for this four-day, three-night conference, with excellent speakers and scrumptious meals, and unparalleled vistas in iconic Cannon Beach, Oregon. Either way, main conference or main conference plus an extra day, I look forward to seeing you in Cannon Beach in January.
289 N. Spruce Street
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
This venue, the iconic town of Cannon Beach, OR, boasts the third-largest Seastack monolith in the world, Haystack Rock, and a delightful, flat walkable sandy beach that provides the perfect place to get away and enjoy the Oregon Coast, rain or shine. And more often than not, January provides a window of remarkably good weather for this event. Google Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach and look at the beautiful vistas. The town of Cannon Beach boasts many excellent artists, good food, and activities including kite flying for all levels, horseback rides, e-bikes to rent, three miles of flat sandy beach for walking and running, and several other beach towns with historical sites to view. Until COVID, our annual attendance at this event had never dipped below 170 people and in the past tipped over 300. Last year, ~85 people joined us to meet our CEO, Mike Chupp.
André Van Mol, MD is a board-certified family physician in full-time practice in Redding, California. He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and trained at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL. He co-chairs both the American College of Pediatricians’ Committee on Adolescent Sexuality and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations Sexual & Gender Identity Task Force. He writes and speaks for CMDA on bioethical issues and has been extensively published in professional and general literature. He advises the Alliance Defending Freedom on policy matters addressing sexual orientation and gender identity and has served as a “friend of the court” in federal appellate and SCOTUS cases. He has been interviewed frequently by numerous news services & publications. He and his wife Evelyn – both former U.S. Naval officers – have two sons and two daughters.
Cory Wilson, MD, MA (Philosophy), graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and trained at Southwest Family Medicine in Vancouver, WA. He practices full-time emergency medicine in Southern California. He is keenly interested and speaks on issues at the intersection of Christian theology, philosophy, and medicine, focusing most closely on the philosophy of the soul/mind and the mind-body problem and how they impact the practice of medicine for Christian healthcare professionals. Cory and his wife Michal live in Santa Clarita, CA, and have two adult sons, Joshua and Caleb.
Wes Ehrhart, MA, is the new Associate Western Regional Director with plans for him to succeed Michael McLaughlin as RD on October 1, 2022. Wes is married to Sherry, and they have an 18-year-old son, twin 15-year-old daughters, and twin 5-year-old foster boys. Between his family experiences and many years in ministry including his last role as an Executive Dean for two regional graduate school locations of Western Seminary, Wes brings a deep well of experience to this position.
Living his entire life on the Left Coast, Michael grew up in Seattle, did his undergrad work at Biola U. in LA, and earned his Master of Divinity at Western Seminary in Portland, OR where he and Linda raised their two children, Andrew and Amy, and have lived for the past 48 years.
In 1980, he served on the church plant team for Grace Community Church in Gresham, OR where his family attended for 12 years. Since then, he served as the preaching pastor in three churches for three years.
In 1984, he joined the CMDA field staff team serving as the western regional director for 38 years, and at the same time as the national single’s advisor for 25 years, and VP of Campus and Community Ministries for five years.
On October 1, 2022, he will jettison 13 of his 15 western states and hand the reins to Wes Ehrhart, the new Western Regional Director and take on a new role as the NW Area Director, overseeing the CMDA ministry in Washington and Oregon.
Several of you have expressed an interest in exhibiting at this annual event. For us to vet you and your organization, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 503-522-1950 to discuss what you have in mind. You will find two options on the registration page, one for a six-foot table and one for a shared six-foot table. Obviously, if we have communicated previously or you have exhibited in the past, this is not necessary.
We limit exhibitors at this event to those organizations that function primarily as a Christian ministry, not a for-profit company. For example, mission-sending organizations, or Christian financial planning organizations like Ron Blue & Co, or faith-friendly residency/training programs, and opportunities for work in charity clinics, etc. Such an organization’s website would clearly communicate a Christian emphasis. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.