Our Leadership

Board of Trustees

2022 Board Of Trustees(sized)

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of CMDA. It is the final policy making body for all matters. The Board interprets and applies policies of the organization and establishes guidelines for the Chief Executive Officer and staff. It is responsible for the preparation of the annual budget with the Chief Executive Officer, supervises financial officers, and gives an accounting of the organization’s finances at the annual meeting of the House of Representatives.

House of Representatives

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC - MAY 2: CMDA National Convention 2024 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center on May 2, 2024 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. 
(Photo by Darren Clark/ via Redfoot Vegas)

The CMDA House of Representatives exists to represent both the members and the Associations, so that: 1. The mission, vision, ministry, voice and governance of CMDA may reflect God's will as discerned by the membership; 2. The ministry opportunities and activities of CMDA can be communicated and implemented throughout its membership, the Church, and the community.

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Executive Leadership

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Mike Chupp, MD, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Chupp, MD, was born in Frankfort, Indiana and grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a pre-medical degree in chemistry from Taylor University in 1984, and then graduated as an AOA scholar with an MD degree from Indiana University in 1988.

He completed a five-year general surgery residency at Methodist Hospital in 1993. From 1993 to 2016, Mike enjoyed nearly seven years of private general surgery practice as a missionary member of the Surgical Department of Southwestern Medical Clinic (a large Christian multi-specialty group) and Lakeland Regional Health System in St. Joseph, Michigan. Mike has been married to Pam for 31 years and they have four adult children and one granddaughter. In 2016, Mike completed 20 years of service as a career missionary with World Gospel Mission (WGM), serving at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Kenya.

Dr. Chupp testifies that he is an example of how life and ministry don’t always turn out the way you expected. In his words, “During my years of ministry at Tenwek Hospital, my surgical emphasis wasn’t on general surgery, but instead I became an orthopedic traumatologist. My work at the hospital was heavily invested in administration and leadership for the entire hospital as well as WGM Kenya field leadership. But God’s gifting and preparation and character development in Mike’s life was not wasted. In 2016, Dr. David Stevens and Dr. Gene Rudd invited Mike to join the executive leadership team of CMDA. Mike authentically shares “It has been a great honor to help lead the organization that has had the longest and most profound impact on my professional life as a Christian physician.” Dr. Chupp was appointed CEO by the CMDA Board in September 2019, as Dr. Stevens’ successor. With God’s help, CMDA has continued to advance and thrive under Dr. Chupp’s leadership; pursuing the vision of “Bringing the hope and healing of Christ to the world through healthcare professionals”.

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Jeffrey J. Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

Senior VP of Bioethics and Public Policy

Jeffrey J. Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics), serves as Senior Vice President of Bioethics and Public Policy for Christian Medical & Dental Associations. Dr. Barrows is an obstetrician/gynecologist, author, educator, medical ethicist and speaker. He completed his medical degree at the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1978 and his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

In 2006, he completed a master’s in bioethics from Trinity International University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Barrows was called out of full-time practice in 1999 to help administrate Christian Medical & Dental Associations’ Medical Education International (MEI) ministry. He served as the director of MEI from 2002 to 2005 before transitioning into the fight against human trafficking. He has dedicated 15 years of his career to fighting against human trafficking within the intersection of trafficking and healthcare, as well as the rehabilitation of survivors of child sex trafficking. Dr. Barrows has trained healthcare professionals on how to recognize and assist victims of trafficking within healthcare and has published numerous book chapters and articles. He has testified to the Ohio legislature on numerous anti-trafficking bills and is a speaker on human trafficking to the media, the church and in other venues. In 2008, Dr. Barrows founded Gracehaven, an organization assisting victims of domestic minor sex trafficking in Ohio. In 2014, he served as a member of the Technical Working Group on health and human trafficking under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. In addition, he is a founding board member of HEALTrafficking. In 2020, Dr. Barrows published a novel entitled Finding Freedom that realistically portrays child sex trafficking in the U.S.

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Scott Ledford

Chief Operating Officer

A native of East Tennessee, Scott graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1994 and began his career in Human Resources with Burlington Industries, a North Carolina-based textile manufacturer. In 1998, he returned to the Tri-Cities to begin a 23+ year tenure with General Shale, the nation’s largest brick and masonry materials manufacturer, where he worked in a variety of HR capacities, ultimately overseeing the company’s North American HR operations.

A native of East Tennessee, Scott graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1994 and began his career in Human Resources with Burlington Industries, a North Carolina-based textile manufacturer.  In 1998, he returned to the Tri-Cities to begin a 23+ year tenure with General Shale, the nation’s largest brick and masonry materials manufacturer, where he worked in a variety of HR capacities, ultimately overseeing the company’s North American HR operations.  In 2022, God opened a door allowing Scott to initially become CMDA’s Director of Human Resources, and later Chief Operating Officer.

 

Scott and his family are active members of Fellowship Baptist church where he serves as a Deacon and Chair of the Personnel Committee.  Additionally, he serves on a variety of community boards, including 2023 Chair of the Johnson City, TN Chamber of Commerce.    He and his wife, Tracie, have been married for 27 years and have two adult children: Lauren and Drew. 

Interested in Inviting Our Leadership to Speak at Your Event?

Thank you for your interest in requesting Dr. Mike Chupp (CEO), Dr. David Stevens, (CEO Emeritus), or Dr. Gene Rudd (SVP Emeritus) to speak for your event. Please note the following speaking requirements must be fulfilled to be considered for a booking:

  • Travel and lodging expenses paid in full to CMDA (arrangements for CEO will be made by his assistant.)
  • Minimum honorarium of $1,000 made payable to "CMDA"