Included with your conference registration fee is a snack on Friday night, along with breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
|Students/ trainees – both days||$ 60|
|Students/ trainees – one day||$ 35|
|Practicing professional||$ 125|
|Active Missionary||$ 85|
|Active military||$ 85|
|Pastor/ non-medical||$ 50|
|CMDA staff & Remedy speakers||$ –|
Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
Montview Student Union Building
Montview Alumni Ballroom
There are a number of reasonably priced hotel options near Liberty -On Friday night a snack will be served. On Saturday, breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Remedy is thrilled to welcome Dove Award winner Jeff Bumgardner to lead Remedy worship at this event!
Mike Chupp, MD, FACS. During his fourth year of medical school, he volunteered for two months at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya where he met CEO Dr. Ernie Steury and Medical Director Dr. David Stevens. During his third year of surgical residency, God brought Mike’s high school sweetheart Pam back into his life, and they married in August 1991. A few months later, they traveled to Kenya and Tenwek Hospital in 1992 for two months where both enjoyed getting to know the Tenwek community while Mike was immersed in surgical care in a busy surgery referral center in rural Africa.
Mike completed a general surgery residency at Methodist Hospital in 1993 and then joined Southwestern Medical Clinic, a group in Southwest Michigan dedicated to global healthcare missions. Former CMDA and ICMDA president Dr. Bob Schindler and his wife Marian mentored Mike and Pam until their departure for Tenwek in 1996. Mike was board certified in general surgery in 1995 while working with Southwestern.
Mike was drawn to the orthopedic surgery service as Tenwek had no long-term bone surgeon. He was also named Medical Director in mid-1997. Tenwek grew remarkably during Mike’s tenure as surgeon and medical director to a clinical staff of over 80 physicians and clinical officers and more than 700 total staff. Training programs for interns, family medicine, general surgery and orthopedics were also developed and launched during those years.
Mike and Pam left for Kenya in August 1996 with two small children and added two more while at Tenwek Hospital: Steven, Melody, Kayla and Ashley.
In 2015, Dr. David Stevens invited Mike to consider returning to the U.S. to assume the role of CMDA Executive Vice President. After seven months of prayer and seeking counsel from mission leaders, mentors and close friends, Pam and Mike decided to leave their Kenya home and mission life of 20 years and moved to Bristol, Tennessee in July 2016. Mike has counted it an amazing privilege to serve alongside David Stevens and Gene Rudd and all the national CMDA staff for nearly four years. In September 2018, after an eight-month CEO search process, the Board of Trustees asked Mike to become the next CEO of CMDA and he began September 1, 2019, when Dr. Stevens stepped down. Mike’s life verses are from 2 Timothy 1:6-7: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (ESV). To God be the glory, great things He has done!
Rick Donlon grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Texas Christian University in 1986. He completed medical school at LSU-N.O., and a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In 1995 he and three medical school classmates opened a primary-care health center in Memphis’ most medically underserved neighborhood. The work eventually grew to include eight health centers, three dental clinics, and a family medicine residency program—providing over 170,000 patient visits annually.
Beginning in 2003, many of the medical and dental providers, including Dr. Donlon, moved into the underserved communities where they work. In those same low-income settings, they’ve planted over a dozen house churches. That house church network has subsequently sent dozens of long-term medical missionaries to North Africa, Central and South Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Horn of Africa.
In September of 2020, Dr. Donlon became the Memphis Area Director for the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (while continuing to practice medicine half time).
Physicians, dentists, and other healthcare workers who’ve trained with Dr. Donlon in Memphis have started or joined similar ministries in low-income communities across the US. Dr. Donlon, his wife Laurie, and their seven children live in the Binghampton neighborhood where he serves as an elder in the house church network.
Natalie Cupples Pickering, PhD, BCC, ACC
Dr. Natalie Cupples Pickering is a licensed psychologist, board-certified coach, wife, mom, Ironman triathlon finisher, Enneagram 1 and lover of good coffee, mountains, deep conversation, and supporting transformation.
She is committed to speaking, coaching, training, consulting, and living with commitment to vulnerability, hard stuff, true stuff, and unwavering presence. Her approach is personable, real, and engaging.
She and her husband served in Nigeria, West Africa for 3 1/2 years with SIM providing member care support and teaching at Hillcrest School.
Dr. Pickering is the CEO of High Places Coaching and Consulting, Inc. and she is the Organization Development psychologist at a government healthcare system where she specializes in leadership and team development, burnout prevention and emotional intelligence. Dr. Pickering was an invited member of the national VHA REBOOT taskforce to address burnout across the enterprise and is a subject matter expert in stress management and resilience.
In her previous role as a PTSD psychologist, she developed specialization in moral injury. Dr. Pickering developed and ran an internal hospital EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and has supported healthcare professionals across specialties via mental health support and leadership development.
She has served as a speaker at CMDA’s Pre-Field Orientation for Healthcare Missionaries, receiving the highest reviews possible from attendees.
Her clinical experience includes schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, not-for-profits, and government agencies; she has coached and consulted emerging, midlevel, and executive leadership of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations across various industries.
Dr. Pickering is particularly passionate about supporting high-impact professionals in their discovery and recovery of flourishing and how this translates to their unique leader identity and influencing resilience for people, teams, organizations and communities.
|Friday||4:00 PM||Exhibit Hall, registration|
|6:00||Worship & Plenary 1|
|8:00||Early bird breakout|
|9:00||Worship & Plenary 3|
|12:00||Lunch / exhibit hall|
|4:00||Worship & Plenary 5|
To be announced.