Connections Conference 2019

April 30, 2019 – May 3, 2019

We can’t and don’t do this ministry alone. We are in this together…Connected! Therefore join and connect with dozens and dozens of other CMDA volunteers, staff and local leaders who minister and serve healthcare students and professionals all across the country. The CMDA Connections Conference is a unique time of worship, prayer, equipping and learning.

This annual Connections Conference, which brings together full- and part-time CMDA staff, campus advisors, ministry partners and local CMDA ministry leaders, is an opportunity to be encouraged, equipped and energized in the ministry that we all share together.

Connections Conference will take place right before our CMDA National Convention near Asheville, NC. So once again you’ll have the opportunity to come for the Connections Conference and stay for our National Convention!

From inspiring and challenging plenary sessions with Andrew Walker (Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention) to fruitful small group discussions and breakout sessions tailored to your ministry context, along with worship and fellowship, you won’t want to miss this time to come together.

Registration Information



Connections Conference Registration Fee:

First Time Attendees: $125

Connections Conference Alumni: $175

This registration fee covers:

  • Three nights lodging (double occupancy) at Ridgecrest Conference Center(Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)
  • Seven meals at Ridgecrest Conference Center (Wednesday and Thursday, three meals each day plus Friday breakfast)

Please note: Should a single room be desired, an additional fee of $54.50 will be charged per night. 

Connections Conference Registration Deadline:

April 22, 2019

Campus & Community Ministries will arrange your housing at Ridgecrest Conference Center. There is no need for you to contact Ridgecrest Conference Center.  If you have lodging questions or concerns, please contact us at

Please note: When you register, you will be able to request a roommate.


Connections Conference Meals

The Connections Conference begins with dinner in Asheville on Tuesday evening, April 30.  Please join us!  (Payment for dinner on your own.)

Seven meals will be provided for you at the Connections Conference (Wednesday and Thursday, three meals each day, and Friday breakfast). 



Do you need a shuttle from the airport to Ridgecrest? Contact Accents on Asheville at 800-627-1185!During the National Convention, some ride sharing is communicated at the CMDA Meetings Department office located in Johnson Spring, 1st floor. There will be a whiteboard located outside of that office to connect with other travelers.


CMDA National Convention:

We want you to stay for the CMDA National Convention!

This premier convention includes speakers who will encourage you spiritually and professionally. If you are a CMDA field staff, there is no registration fee to attend National Convention! Please consider staying with us through Sunday morning to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

National Convention Registration Fee:

Field Staff: No charge!

Non-Field Staff: $225.00


National Convention Lodging & Meal Fees:

Single Occupancy with meals: $145 per person per night

Double Occupancy with meals: $90.50 per person per night



Pam Smythe

Janie Waldecker


Release Acknowledgement: 

By registering for this event, you are giving Christian Medical & Dental Associations and all its business affiliates, its assigns, licenses and legal representatives the irrevocable right to use your name (or any fictional name), picture, portrait, digital image, photograph, or voice in all forms and media and in all manners, including composite or distorted representations, for advertising, trade, or any other legal purposes with no royalties due you, and you waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written copy, that may be created in connection therewith. You affirm that you are over eighteen (18) years of age and have read the above authorization and release prior to its execution.

Venue Information

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



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 dataports 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.


Lodging Information:

Campus & Community Ministries will arrange your housing at Ridgecrest Conference Center. There is no need for you to contact Ridgecrest Conference Center.  If you have lodging questions or concerns, please contact us at

Please note: When you register, you will be able to request a roommate.



The 2019 Connections Conference will begin with dinner on Tuesday evening (Asheville location TBD) and ends after the Friday morning Regional Breakfast (9:00am).

Tuesday, April 30, 2019:

5:30 p.m. – Meet in the Pritchell Hall lobby to go to Asheville for dinner.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019:

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Session #1
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Breakout Sessions
5:00 p.m. – Break
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Session #2

Thursday, May 2, 2019:

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. -Session #3
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Session #4
3:00 p.m. – Fellowship/Break/Rest
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Session #5

Friday, May 3, 2019:

7:15 – 7:45 a.m. – Regional Breakfasts
7:45 – 8:45 a.m. – Regional Meetings
9:00 a.m. – Departure or stay for the rest of CMDA’s National Convention!