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!