Regional Communities

Our ministries come to their most important focus at the community level where healthcare professionals, residents and students live out the person of Christ. Through our local ministry groups, we bring together the healthcare community of Christ followers together to connect for discipleship outreach through local and international ministries and personal accountability.

Get Involved

Want to get involved with a local ministry group in your area? Find your region to learn more about what's happening in your area.

Northeast Region (CT, DC, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV)

Akeem Walker

Northeast Regional Director
Akeem Walker, MDiv, DMin
P.O. Box 1216
Suffolk, VA 23439
Cell: 609-502-2078
Office: 423-844-1092
Fax: 423-844-1090
Support Akeem's Ministry in the Northeast Region

Akeem's Biography

Akeem Walker is an ordained Pastor, having just recently received a Doctor of Ministry Degree with a focus on Preaching and Social Concern from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Akeem also holds a Masters of Arts in Christian Education and Masters of Divinity from The School of Theology at Virginia Union University and a Master’s Degree in Preaching from Richmond Virginia Seminary. Akeem is a native of Suffolk, Virginia, and committed his life to Christ at the age of 12 years old. Akeem Walker, now 33 years of age, has served in various ministry positions for the past twelve years. It has been his work and experience with youth, pastoring churches, his counseling & mental health work, his experience in teaching as well as his doctoral dissertation on Wholistic Self Care that gives Akeem a set of unique skills, experiences, and knowledge for this position.

The Northeast Region includes:

  • Connecticut

  • District of Columbia

  • Delaware

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • Vermont

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

Northeast Community Ministries

Are you interested in connecting with other CMDA members in the Northeast Region? There are several local CMDA ministry groups located throughout the Northeast Region. These local groups give you the opportunity to fellowship and serve with other CMDA members as you seek to live out the character of Christ in your practice and community. Don't see your area on the list? Contact Akeem today to learn more about how to connect with other CMDA members in your local area.

Southern Region (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, Caribbean)

Grant Hewitt, MDiv

Southern Regional Director
Grant Hewitt, MDiv
Office/Cell: 402-677-3252
Support Grant's Ministry

Grant's Biography

Grant was not raised in a Christian home and did not attend church as a child. At the University of Nebraska he met his wife Kelsi, earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, but most importantly, he was brought to saving faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 21. Before becoming a Christian, his goal was to attend physical therapy school, but because of his conversion, he accepted an invitation to be a pastoral intern for two years instead. The next eight years were spent working at three hospital clinics in Omaha, NE area teaching and working with patients on medically-supervised diet and exercise programs. He directed those clinics for three years when he sensed a strong call, primarily from the Holy Spirit and Jim Elliot's biography, The Shadow of the Almighty, to redirect his priorities and life. In early 2014, following much prayer and heart searching, he along with his pregnant wife, decided to sell their newly purchased "dream home", quit his healthcare career, and move their three little kids (4, 3, and 1, at the time) 600 miles to Kentucky to attend Southern Seminary in Louisville. When he graduated, he wondered what sort of calling/ministry existed for someone with a healthcare background and a love for discipleship and missions. Enter CMDA...

The Southern Region includes:

  • Alabama

  • Arkansas

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Louisiana

  • Mississippi

  • North Carolina

  • Oklahoma

  • Puerto Rico

  • South Carolina

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • The Caribbean

Southern Community Ministries

Are you interested in getting involved with a local ministry group in the Southern Region? Contact your regional director today.

Midwest Region (IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI)

Allan Harmer, ThM, DMin

Midwest Regional Director
Allan Harmer, ThM, DMin
Midwest CMDA
951 East 86th Street, Suite 200A
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Office: 317-257-5885
Fax: 317-257-5886

Allan's Biography

Allan J. Harmer, ThM, DMin is an ordained minister, having received a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Prior to joining the staff of Christian Medical & Dental Associations, he served for nine years as an Associate Pastor over Christian Education and Family Ministries in suburban Washington, D.C.

During his years in our nation's capital, Allan also served as an Associate Staff trainer with Leadership Dynamics International, leading seminars in: Leadership Development; Team Building; and Faith Planning. He also served as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Washington Bible College.

Born in a small northeast Nebraska farming community, Allan committed his life to Jesus Christ as Savior at seven years of age through the testimony of his father. Later during his college days he led a weekly Bible study and became persuaded of the importance of further training in God's Word.

Allan joined the staff of Christian Medical & Dental Associations in 1988 as the Midwest Regional Director His responsibilities, which comprise an 11 state area and more than 5,000 members, includes: leadership training among student leaders and faculty advisors on more than 80 medical, dental and podiatric campuses; organizing continuing education events, developing community ministry among doctors and providing personal counseling for CMDA members. Allan currently supervises 23 full and part-time staff.

In addition to his regional responsibilities, Allan served as a staff advisor to CMDA’s Medical Malpractice Ministry and for seven years served as CMDA’s National Field Director.

Concerned about the needs in their community, Allan and his wife Karen have served on their local Campus Life Board, volunteered at an inner city mission, led a ministry to young single professionals in their church and led a home Bible Study for young married couples. Karen just completed her fifth term on their local school board (elected office). The Harmer’s have four children, eight grand-children and live in Fishers, Indiana (a suburb of Indianapolis).

The Midwest Region includes:

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Missouri

  • Nebraska

  • Ohio

  • Wisconsin

Midwest Community Ministries

Are you interested in getting involved with a local ministry group in the Midwest Region? Contact your regional director today.

Western Region (AK, AZ, CA, CO, Guam, HI, ID, MT, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY)

Michael McLaughlin, MDiv

Western Regional Director
Michael McLaughlin, MDiv
P.O. Box 2169
Clackamas, OR 97015
Office/Cell: 503-522-1950

Michael's Biography

Michael McLaughlin was born and raised on the "left" coast in Seattle, Washington, never living more than 90 miles from the Pacific Ocean. He graduated from Biola University in 1975, did his graduate work at Western Seminary in Portland, earning a Masters of Divinity in 1979 and his ordination in 1985.

Ministry: In the 1970s, he served as youth director in two churches and as an assistant club leader for Young Life. In the early 1980s, he helped plant Grace Community Church in Gresham, Oregon. Concurrently with CMDA, he has served as the preaching pastor in three churches in the Portland area.

CMDA: In 1983, he met Leonard Ritzmann, MD, past president of CMDA, who "turned my interview into his interview as he challenged me to join the CMDA staff as the Northwest Director." Over time, his responsibilities grew from two to fifteen western states. In addition to his role as Western Regional Director, he served as the Director of Campus and Community Ministries from 2002-2005 and 2009-2010.

He and Linda were married in 1974. Their children, son Andrew and his wife Amanda, and children Toby (2008) and Nora (2011) live in Portland and their daughter Amy and her husband Brett and children Taylor (2009) and Wyatt (2011) live in Eugene, OR.

The Western Region includes:

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Guam

  • Hawaii

  • Idaho

  • Montana

  • New Mexico

  • North Dakota

  • Oregon

  • South Dakota

  • Utah

  • Washington

  • Wyoming

Western Community Ministries

Are you interested in getting involved with a local ministry group in the Western Region? Contact your regional director today.

Resources

Are you interested in starting a local ministry group in your community? We encourage you to use these resources to learn more about how you can get started developing your local ministry. It is a great opportunity to connect with other Christian healthcare professionals in your community and spread the gospel.

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