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God at Work in a New Season of Ministry

By: Tom Grosh IV, DMin

August 29, 2019

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV 1984).

 

For those whom I have not yet met, my name is Thomas B. Grosh, IV. I am a child of God who has been serving as a full-time ambassador of Christ for more than 20 years. For most of this time I ministered to college students and faculty with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA. InterVarsity / USA was instrumental in the Lord calling me to follow Him and in my own discipleship, even the focus of my studies in higher education (concluding with my doctor of ministry thesis at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in May 2019). What a blessing to serve several generations of college students and those who instruct them. Over the last decade, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me the importance of changing hearts in healthcare through caring for future healthcare professionals at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine.

 

After a lengthy time of wrestling, my wife Theresa and I listened to the Lord. I wrapped up a season of ministry with InterVarsity / USA to labor full-time with Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). I am now CMDA's Area Director for South Central Pennsylvania. As many of you can attest, any change related to one's job brings up all kinds of questions and soul searching. Theresa and I desire to thank you for walking alongside us. God's intention is for Christians to live life together, to enter each other's messiness, to pray for one another and to hold one another accountable to the cost of discipleship. Our family (myself, Theresa, Hayley [19 years old], Ellen [19 years old], Eden [14 years old] and Lily [11 years old]) and those whom we serve on campus are forever grateful for you journeying with us in mission.

 

I'm pleased to report that during our transition, God continued to faithfully provide for our family's every need. Yes, we finished in the black at the end of the fiscal year (June 30). Praise God!

 

Furthermore, I have been privileged over the last several weeks to welcome new students to CMDA at Penn State Hershey and explore the possibility of pioneering work at Penn State - University Park with pre-med and medical students. What a privilege to serve alongside students as they reach out to their peers with the abundant life of Christ in the midst of the stress of medical school.

 

Enjoy this testimony from Won about the value of CMDA at Penn State Hershey:

 

“I always grew up in church since I was a baby. My parents have been church-attending Christians, and some of my most important friendships and experiences happened in a church setting. Personally, I never really left my comfort zone of living with my family and being a part of the community that my parents had set up for me. This is not to say I was not content with my given situation, but I might have been too complacent thinking that this will last forever.

 

However, when I moved to Hershey from Queens New York, many things changed in my circumstances. I was living alone for the first time. I was going through medical school, studying almost five to six hours a day for the first time in my life. I was worrying about building healthy friendships. I was doubting myself of my ability to make it through the whole four years of medical school. I believe that in this special circumstance when you do not feel so strong or sure about what you have believed so far in your life, you need a group that you can really depend on. I needed some people to grow my faith with. I believe that CMDA has provided me a lot on that aspect by providing a community of believers in the same field so we can share our experiences in medical school and about our faith at the same time.”

 

Glenna, who graduated from Penn State Hershey in May and is now a family medicine resident, writes on LinkedIn:

 

"Kindness and ministry of presence are words that comes to mind when I think about Tom. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tom for four years, during which he served as a staff worker for our Christian Medical Society at Penn State College of Medicine. I was a medical student there at the time. Above all, I was impressed with Tom’s ability to care for the group and provide support to the students. He was always approachable and easy to talk to. Tom comes with my heartfelt recommendation."

 

What a joy in this new season of ministry to invest more deeply in healing the healers in South Central Pennsylvania. There is much room for growth. Thank you for your partnership in being on the front lines of changing hearts in healthcare. I desire to connect with you in person this fall to pray for you, share some of CMDA's next steps in ministry and invite you into a deeper partnership. Stay tuned to learn more.

 

"…now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV 1984). To God be the glory! Amen!

 

Tom Grosh IV, DMin

About Tom Grosh IV, DMin

Through a decade of interactions with current and future healthcare professionals as a CMDA affiliate staff at the Penn State College of Medicine's Christian Medical Society (CMS) / CMDA, the Lord ignited in Tom Grosh IV a passion to devote his next season of ministry to transforming lives with the Gospel through healthcare. Tom brings to CMDA in South Central PA over 20 years of experience with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA. Most recently he served as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network (2012-2018). His responsibilities included conferencing, digital ministries, fund development, networking, and resource development. Tom has completed a B.S. in Biology (Grove City College), a M.A. in Higher Education (Geneva College), a M.A.R. in Spiritual Formation (Evangelical Seminary), and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction (Evangelical Seminary), and a Doctor of Ministry in Ministry to Emerging Generations (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary). He is licensed in the Brethren in Christ Church, U.S. Tom and his wife Theresa grew up in Lancaster County, PA. They met while attending Donegal High School. Currently, Tom and Theresa are active members of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, where they serve in a number of ministry capacities. The Lord has blessed them with four children: Hayley, Ellen, Eden, and Lily.

2 Comments

  1. Avatar Richard T. Honderick DO on September 4, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    HI Tom Grosh,

    I am Rick Honderick. I went on the CMDA website this morning and read some of your introductory info and went on to read your bio and current direction in ministry. I am a partially retired family physician and moved to Iowa City, Iowa area two years ago. Shortly after arriving I became involved with CMDA via Allan Harmer who came here and met with five of us to help restart and encourage the existing efforts.
    First, we have become involved with focusing on the UIowa Med and PA School and Dental School students. We were just recently God blessed with an outreach to the incoming and last year students and a few residents. Second, we are now focusing on the Greater Iowa City professionals themselves and wanting to have some of them develop relationships with the students, and possibly mentor. We have a strong core of UIOWA medical and dental staff who are involved in leadership. I especially appreciated your thought provoking thoughts, ie. “how we have Americanized Christianity”.

    Tom, you can see why I was interested in your words of encouragement, vision and devotional. I wish you the best and will be PRAYING for you. I will share some of your comments with my professional CMDA friends. Allan Harmer, Midwest Regional Director, has been a great mentor and resource for me. Blessings to you and your wife, Theresa.

    Rick

    rhonderick@gmail.com
    richard.honderick@mercyic.org
    417.812.9955

  2. Avatar Thomas B. Grosh IV on September 5, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you Rick! The story of your 1. involvement with CMDA at UIOWA and in the Greater Iowa City, 2. prayers, and 3. encouraging word are a blessing after a long, rich day of interacting with future/current healthcare professionals at Penn State – Hershey College of Medicine.

    As I shared with some today, it is surprising to “return to healthcare.” In a future post I’ll provide some of what I learned “growing up in” my Dad’s dental office. In retrospect, it truly was a privilege to play with other kids in the playroom, encourage friends to climb in the dental chair for the first time, talk with patients in the waiting room, work behind the desk with my Mom, take care of the grounds, and eventually become one of the assistants. The memories bring a surprising smile to my face and joy to my heart as I reflect upon them.

    Although a Biology major at Grove City College and part of a family with a passion for healthcare, the Lord called me to campus ministry. Why? I could not explain it at the time except that it was the call of the Lord. But no doubt the Lord was preparing me for such a time as this . . .

    May God richly bless your labors as you press on in the upward hope of Christ Jesus. Please share my greetings to Allan. He is a dynamic, insightful, and inspirational leader.

    To God be the glory!

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