Midwest Fall Conference 2022

October 14, 2022 – October 16, 2022

Norton Shores, Michigan

War, Medicine & Religious Liberty

At a time of crisis and instability, David’s friends and advisors lamented that, “if the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3). They could easily have described our current cultural moment where the very foundations of our established institutions of government, law, and medicine as well as the restraining influence of religion, civil and social order are being systematically dismantled.


We face challenging days. Covid has stressed healthcare professionals to the breaking point and due to the mistrust and politicization of the pandemic, they have been faced with increased loss of respect, trust and professional authority.


But earlier this year the war in Ukraine seized center-stage and with it new and unexpected threats to our basic way of life: food shortages, escalating fuel prices, and out of control inflation. Meanwhile our culture is at war with itself: violence is overwhelming our cities, threats of social anarchy over abortion, and absolute delusion and ideology run amok in medicine. We are very quickly becoming ruled by an ungovernable mob.


It seems that no aspect of our culture has been unaffected. This is new territory for American healthcare professionals clinging to what is left of objective moral truth and religious freedom.


Our Fall Conference presenter, John Patrick, MD will speak into these complex realities that threaten to overshadow our confidence in God’s authority over our times. Dr. Patrick, considered one of the foremost medical philosophers of our day, will lay out an analysis of the trends we are experiencing, then trace their biblical, historical and philosophical origins toward suggesting how we as Christians in healthcare ought to respond.

*Registration costs are for CMDA members.  Non-member practitioners please add $25.00

Category    Cost
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/child
Babysitting (3 and under) $ 50/child


**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 Lodging Fees:

Cost includes 2 nights lodging* and 5 meals

Adults: $194/person, Double Occupancy
$172/person (3 or more adults/person)
$216/person, Single Occupancy



Children / Teens:
15-18 $172.00/person
10-14 $156/person
4-9 $127/person
3 and under Free

*Linen is provided but no daily maid service.



Day Guests

Fees for participants commuting daily: Registration + $16.00/ person (Maranatha Conference Fee) + Meals


Breakfast Lunch Dinner
$12.00 $14.65 $18.60



Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Age: 15-18+ $12.00 $14.65 $18.60
Age: 10-14 $  9.52 $11.60 $14.72
Age: 5-9 $  8.33 $10.15 $13.80
4 and under Free Free Free


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 @: www.vacationwithpurpose.org


Accommodations will be in the Maranatha Lodge or Family Condos. All CMDA sessions will be held in the Family Life Center. Adults will meet in the spacious, Michigan Room, while nursery, preschool and children’s programs will meet just down the hall. Sorry no teen program. Parents are encouraged to make other arrangements for their teens or have them join in the CMDA sessions. Meals will be served on the lower level of the Maranatha Lodge, just steps away from the Family Life Center. Simply an unforgettable weekend!


Venue Address, Phone Number & Directions:


Maranatha Bible Conference Center • 4759 Lake Harbor Rd.

Norton Shores, MI 49441 • Ph: (231) 798-2161 • www.vacationwithpurpose.org

From Grand Rapids, MI:  I-96 West to Exit 4 (Airline Rd at Fruitport). Take Airline Rd South to Pontaluna Rd.  Turn Right (West) on Pontaluna Rd (follow signs to Hoffmaster State Park). Road curves Right (North) at Park and becomes Lake Harbor Rd.  Continue North 2 miles on Lake Harbor Rd. to Maranatha Bible Conf. Ctr. on Left.

From US 31 (North or South):  Exit at Pontaluna Rd. Take Pontaluna Rd West (follow signs to Hoffmaster State Park).  Road curves Right (North) at Park and becomes Lake Harbor Rd. Continue North 2 miles on Lake Harbor Rd to Maranatha Bible Conf. Ctr. on Left.

John Patrick, MB, BS, MRCP, MD

John Patrick, MD served as the Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Pediatrics at the U of Ottawa, Canada for twenty years.  A graduate of the U of London and the Royal College of Physicians, Dr. Patrick has held academic appointments in England, Canada, Jamaica, and in Zaire, Africa. He has focused much of his scientific career on the problem of malnutrition in children and has published his findings in numerous scientific publications including: The British Medical Journal, Lancet, American Journal of Clinical Medicine, Archives of Disease in Childhood and many more. He currently is President of Augustine College in Ottawa, Canada where he is also Professor of the History of Science, Medicine, and Faith. His lectures and writings on ethics, medicine and culture have led Dr. Patrick to be a much sought-after presenter at numerous meetings around the world. Dr. Patrick will be joined by his wife, Sally. Following the Rwandan Civil War in 1994, nearly 2 million refugees fled into neighboring Zaire. Sally Patrick organized one of the refugee camps, where she helped restore, order, healing and forgiveness among the Tutsi’s and Hutu’s.

Friday, October 14th

Dinner in route

7:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 p.m. Welcome / Introductions
8:00 p.m. John Patrick, MD – Session #1
9:30 p.m. Free Time / Retire


Saturday, October 15th

  8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  9:00 a.m. Conference Resumes
  9:15 a.m. John Patrick, MD – Session #2
10:15 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. John Patrick, MD – Session #3
12:15 p.m. Lunch
  1:30 p.m. Free Time
  5:30 p.m. Dinner
  6:45 p.m. CMDA National & Regional Update
  7:15 p.m. John Patrick, MD – Session #4
  8:45 p.m. Q & A / Fellowship / Free Time / Retire


Sunday, October 16th

  8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  9:00 a.m. Conference Resumes
  9:15 a.m. John Patrick, MD – Session #5
10:15 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Worship & Praise
11:15 a.m. Discussion Groups & Prayer
12:00 p.m. Lunch / Conference Concludes


Allan Harmer, Th.M., D.Min., is the Midwest Regional Director. Allan’s responsibilities with CMDA comprise an eleven-state area (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin), nearly 3,500 active CMDA members and friends, and includes: supervising 29 full and part-time staff, leadership training among student leaders and campus advisors on over 80 medical and dental campuses; planning continuing education events; community ministry development; writing and producing resources; organizing and leading conferences and meetings; personal counseling among doctors and students and more recently developing networks of healthcare professionals in churches. Allan holds a Master’s Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (doctorate emphasis: leadership development, culture, and organizational change). Allan will retire later this year after serving CMDA and the Midwest Region for 35 years.


Karen Harmer, B.S. Karen assists with conference details and registration. She is a former elementary and pre-school educator and held elected office for over twenty-years on her local School Board. They have four grown children, eleven grandchildren (plus one on the way) and reside in Noblesville, IN, a suburb of Indianapolis.

Allan Harmer, Th.M., D.Min. – CMDA Midwest Regional Director

Email: cmdamw@cmda.org / Phone: (317) 407-0753


Janie Waldecker  – Midwest Region Administrative Assistant

Email: Janie.Waldecker@cmda.org / Phone: (423) 844-1060