Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and affliction. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:35-36)
We train physicians committed to providing high-quality primary care among the needy. Delivering excellent medical care is a powerful means of affecting and transforming struggling communities and nations.
We acknowledge that our best medical skills are only a shadow of those possessed by the Great Physician who has the power to heal medically, mentally, and spiritually.
At Resurrection we prepare and equip the next generation of doctors who will represent Jesus Christ with their medical skills, by boldly proclaiming the Gospel and compassionately caring for the needy both domestically and internationally.
We do it through Christ’s enabling power for the glory of Him whom we hold as the great King.
We exist to glorify Jesus Christ by preparing physicians to be highly skilled disciples in the hardest places both in the US and around the world.
Our program is a three-year, full-spectrum residency program. Discipleship, community, and healthcare excellence among the marginalized create the framework of our program.
Delivering excellent medical care is a powerful means to affect and transform struggling communities and nations. We know that our best medical skills are only a shadow of those possessed by the Great Physician who has the power to heal medically, mentally, and spiritually.
I like to tell stories. I think I get that from my dad. It’s 2010, and I am a sophomore attending a little- known Christian college in my home state of Louisiana. This college is so Christian that they make you attend chapel weekly for “spiritual credits.” It is so Christian that the pre-med honor society was by default a Christian organization. In November, this organization decides to take an overnight bus ride to attend the annual Global Mission Health Conference in Louisville, KY. A stiff neck and a fender bender somewhere in Arkansas later we arrive 10 minutes late to this conference that is taking place in the biggest church I have ever seen. I had no chance to shower and my mind is about as crisp as the un-ironed dress shirt that I just pulled from my duffle in the parking lot. I am not prepared to hear something profound, and honestly I just want to go to sleep in a bed. Then a guy steps on the stage named Rick Donlon and starts talking about crazy things. He’s from New Orleans like me so I can relate to his craziness to some degree. The other parts are blowing my mind because until now I was completely unaware of the existence of groups of Christian doctors set on abandoning their desires, dreams, and security to follow Jesus.
The talk is titled, “Die to Live, Live to Die” and as I listen my heart is getting hit like with a ton of bricks. Initially, I thought the feeling was Rick’s charisma or an MI, but then I realize: hey, maybe this is the Holy Spirit. Later that night I am ecstatic to talk about this amazing plenary with my classmates, to which I get the same response over and over again: “Yeah, it was good.” In time, I begin to process these convictions mentally, and I realize that Christ’s love is compelling me as described by Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. From then on my “career path” is on a different trajectory and years later I find myself one semester away graduating from LSU New Orleans medical school. I begin to weigh many residency program variables but nothing is more profound than my desire to seek the heart of Jesus and love marginalized peoples by serving them humbly—including through excellent medicine. That is now what I strive to do daily as a resident at Resurrection. I pray for a sanctification story in this next chapter, one that has me becoming more like Jesus; and hopefully in the doing I can gain some “spiritual credits” where they count in heavenly places!
When I was first born and raised near the banks of the Mississippi River (a modern day Moses story, perhaps?) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I could have never known that I would have such trouble escaping its grasp and proximity to my life. I attended LSU undergraduate in college and then briefly migrated south for medical school at LSU School of Medicine-New Orleans (still along the Mississippi). I am now very glad to be a part of the Resurrection Intern class in Memphis, Tennessee, a city that rests on that same dear ole Mississippi River. For Carly, my wife who I met at the METS Preceptorship in Redlands California, and I it was not the majestic mighty waters of the Mississippi River that drew us to Memphis. Nor was it my lifetime familiarity with the river, its flourishing delta, the tantalizing tastes of the great food that can be found on its banks, nor the vibrant life that surrounds it. On the contrary, it was the heartache, the need, the hurt, the broken social safety nets, the health disparities among the marginalized, and the need for a gospel of salvation and reconciliation that brought us to serve in Memphis.
We are thrilled to be living alongside and learning from committed disciples of Jesus who want to usher in the kingdom here in the United States and to all nations and peoples. We currently reside in East Binghampton and thoroughly enjoy learning to be the neighbors that Christ would be. During training, I look forward to thriving in community with our neighbors and fellow co-workers. Aside from my shared interest with my wife, I enjoy cooking impromptu meals and driving my manual transmission car, its therapy for me. As a couple, we enjoy running, drinking coffee, biking, making coffee, camping, hiking, kayaking, and talking about coffee. We always welcome people to come talk about Jesus, healthcare, or any of their personal interests over a good cup of coffee. Carly and I were in a long-distance relationship, New Orleans to Detroit, during my time in medical school and there is often debate about which state and city we would travel back to if we do not end up outside the US.
Wherever we end up after residency training, I am certain that Resurrection Health and the community here in Memphis will thoroughly prepare us to be on mission with our King, Jesus.
“Trust in Adonai with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him; then He will level your paths.” Proverbs 3 : 5-6
Like most of the word, it’s an easy verse to understand, and an incredibly difficult one to obey. But even in the times that it’s hard to trust, hard not to rely on the logic that the world gives, it comforts my soul to know beyond any doubt that the paths my life has taken have all been leveled by the Lord. Looking back, I know that my path to medicine – to this very residency – was all in the palm of His hand. It began in my childhood, when He blessed me with a wonderful pair of God-fearing parents who raised me up with a mission-minded spirit, tickling my ears with their stories of sharing the gospel overseas so that others could come to know just how full of awesome grace our God is. The thought of being able to follow in their footsteps has always filled me with a sense of excitement and joy – although I wasn’t, at that time, sure how I would do it.
Later, before my senior year of high school, God steered my path to the Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he made that ‘how’ more clear: I was going to be a doctor. It was like He had whispered the answer into my ear, as I watched the team of doctors there care for my brother for months on end. This was how I was going to fulfill my purpose of glorifying his name!
Through the many twists and turns that my path has taken, from a small-town college to a brand new medical school to an obscure blog post that led me to rotate at and fall in love with this very residency, I can look back at each point and acknowledge that He has been faithfully with me through it all. He brought me to a residency filled with others who are so on-fire for Him and the sharing of His word, to a place where I know I can grow and thrive as a physician anchored in the Lord – and I can’t wait for this new season to begin!
I grew up in a small town in South Carolina, where both sides of my family still live (I guess I’m the sojourner of the family). For most of my childhood I wanted to be a veterinarian, but the summer before I began college at Clemson University, something shifted in my heart toward taking care of people instead of animals. Through a series of humbling events, I found myself at a low point just after graduating from Clemson, and God began a renewal in my life that continues to this day. I attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, and perhaps more importantly, God led me to Centerpoint Church, a church committed to living out the gospel in community. I experienced the power of community within the church that I had never felt before, and through this community of brothers and sisters in Christ, the Lord revealed depths of Himself that I had never dreamed of. As we all grew together, God began to direct my heart toward caring for people with all sorts of problems, especially for those who are marginalized or underserved, so I found myself wanting to pursue family medicine. Around this same time period, the Lord brought my wife and me together through the same community of believers (I’m afraid I’d fill up the whole website if I told the entire story here). Together we are able to serve in ways that neither of us could have ever done alone, and I will be forever grateful to God for the grace He showed me through Rebekah. When it became time to start searching for residencies to apply to, I was scrolling through a list of family medicine programs and stumbled upon Resurrection Health. The vision of Resurrection Health and what I felt the Lord calling me to do aligned: to use medicine and ministry together to the glory of God. Little did I know how intertwined my (and Rebekah’s) story was with those already at work in Memphis. We found connections with people here that we were never aware of, confirming our calling to this residency program and this city.
One last bit. As God grew my faith in medical school, He consistently challenged me with this verse and still does to this day: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39 ESV). The life of a follower of Jesus is a paradox: the secret to abundant, rich, wonderful life, is actually to lose it, to give it up for His sake. I have found His words to be true. I am honored to be in a residency program where we all know this to be true, where we all learn together what it means to lay down our lives for the King who lavishes His grace and love upon us, who pierces the darkness with his marvelous light, and who stands victorious over sickness and death. To Him be glory and honor forever.
In 2007 I remember standing in a hospital ward in Kigali, Rwanda asking God where He was in the midst of all the suffering I was seeing. It was in that moment I felt Him say He was there and was using His people to be His hands and feet. During that trip I felt God call me to medicine to share His love with the broken, forgotten and helpless.
Fast forward 6 years (my second year of medical school), while perusing my Facebook feed on a much needed study break, I saw an article about medical doctors prescribing worship for their patients in Memphis. I continued reading the article and was blown away by the mission of the program! The words "To the need, to the nations, for the King" stuck with me until 4th year while looking into places to do an audition rotation. I came for a month in October and was OVERWHELMED by the faithfulness of God's people!!! This place was doing it!! Kingdom living in utter abandon to Christ!! I couldn't imagine a better fit for the call I felt God had placed on my life...oh ya, and my husband's life...we met in Haiti on a mission trip and figured out we both loved medicine, missions and Jesus...so we got married...it was a pretty great decision! :) Anyways, so now we're here, living in Memphis, experiencing God's provision and faithfulness in new and challenging ways...and I continue to be OVERWHELMED by the servants of Jesus I get to work alongside everyday and the opportunity I was given to be a part of such amazing Kingdom work!
I grew up in a small town in West Virginia with my family and was taught to love Jesus from a young age. However, my faith didn’t become my own until I was in college. I was challenged by a good friend in college who actively lived out his faith and encouraged me to do the same. I learned the value of good fellowship with other believers through him and other college friends. Those four years of college resulted in a lot of spiritual growth as I started to dig into the bible for the first time in my life. I had a lot of questions about what I personally believed, about what I am supposed to do with my faith, and how to love Jesus and give Him my life. I first developed a heart for the poor while doing a spring break trip to Camden, New Jersey. It was my first time in the inner city. I met several people that challenged my baseline preconceived notions about the poor and who they are. The Lord opened my eyes and showed me that there are injustices present today and that He wants us to do something about it.
I was unsure how to proceed, and didn’t know what direction to steer my career path toward. I wanted to pursue a career where I can serve people and share Jesus with them, but outside of a classic ministry job I didn’t know how to do that. Around this time the Lord used a difficult situation to bring about good and answer my prayers for guidance. My previously healthy twin sister had a seizure before my eyes, and several more later that day. I have never felt so helpless as I did in that moment. I couldn’t tell if she was breathing and I thought she was dieing. I didn’t know how to help someone that was having a seizure. Before this moment I had no interest in medicine or healthcare. The Lord used this experience to show me how much He is able to use medicine to bless people and their families. My sister is doing great now, by the way. After turning my attention to medicine, the Lord was so faithful in my endeavors. I found comfort reading 1 Corinthians 1 that described the Lord using “foolish things” for His purposes, because I certainly felt foolish! Who am I to be pursuing medicine and trying to get into medical school? I felt under qualified in every way, but the Lord continued to confirm His leading in my life to medicine. Medical school was a difficult time, but again I could see His grace and hand all over my efforts as I studied and worked through school. I was even able to marry the love of my life during medical school.
I met Tiana just before starting medical school and immediately felt the Lord drawing me to her. She was a missionary kid that grew up in Kenya and had a heart for Jesus and for His people. She continues to challenge me and draw me back to intentionality. She spent two years in Zambia and South Sudan during my first two years of medical school. This was a challenging time, but the Lord was so faithful to us both and we look back at that time with thankfulness. We got married in between my third and fourth year of medical school, and were looking for what the Lord had next for us knowing residency was just around the corner. At this time I was set on pursuing a med-peds residency. I had previously heard of Resurrection Health before developing an interest in medicine and decided to check it out. I was happy to see they had several different away rotations available for fourth year medical students (and still do!). I had felt that my training had been lacking guidance with spiritual care and thought this rotation would be a great way to experience that before moving on to med-peds. Little did I know the Lord had other plans for this rotation. I hadn’t felt the Lord’s presence among a group of people anywhere the way I did here in Memphis. These people loved Jesus and shared Jesus with their patients. They also provided exceptional healthcare. Needless to say I was hooked, and so was Tiana. We wanted to be part of a community that took Jesus’ command seriously to go and make disciples. They not only were sending people out, but they were seeking to share Christ in the hard places of Memphis. They even lived in the hard places. Fear was not dictating their actions, it was their faith. Tiana and I prayerfully considered revamping our residency search to Family Medicine, and specifically to Memphis. The Lord opened doors, calmed hearts, and challenged us to follow the example we had seen. Make your decisions based on faith, not on fear.
Ten years ago, if you would have asked me if I envisioned myself becoming a physician, I would have said absolutely not. If you would have asked if I thought I would ever live in inner city Memphis, I would have again said no. Many times we have our own plans, and God, in his grace and sovereignty, leads us down a different path. How thankful I am for His guidance to a better, more fulfilling, and more joyful life than I could ever envision. After growing up in Nashville, my wife, Kelsey, and I are excited to be back in our home state. I am at Resurrection, because it’s not your ordinary family medicine residency program. In addition to excellent full-spectrum family medicine training, this program provides resources for me to be a better husband, neighbor, friend, teacher, church member, and leader. Through Resurrection, the Lord is teaching Kelsey and I how to break through cultural barriers, fight injustice, care for my patients’ spiritual and physical needs, and show the nations the love of Christ. Despite many social and economic challenges the people of Memphis face, God is at work and using his people to accomplish great things throughout the city.
I grew up in Cincinnati, OH in a family who taught me about the Lord from a young age. I went to The Ohio State University as an eager pre-med student where I gave my life to Christ and graduated with a degree in International Studies with a focus in Development. Long before I knew the Lord, I felt called to serve the marginalized as a physician.
During my first year of medical school at GMHC, one of my mentors introduced me to, Natalie King, a now graduate of the program and alum of my medical school (and apparently everyone’s favorite resident of all time… I have big shoes to fill!). Between first and second year of medical school, I rotated at Resurrection Health- two of the most influential weeks of my life. The Lord challenged me in ways I had never been stretched before. These people loved Jesus with all of their hearts and were practically serving Him and His people through medicine. Fast forward to my fourth year of medical school when I rotated at Rez once again. I was AMAZED by the dedication, intelligence, compassion, and love these residents exhibited. Graduates were actually living out the Gospel by practicing in medically underserved areas and bringing the love of Christ to the Nations.
Why did I come to Resurrection? Ultimately, I knew that the Lord wanted me to be here. The residents and faculty are top notch, and they are the kind of physicians I want to be- docs joyfully committed to serving Jesus in all circumstances, seasons of life and situations.
Jesus is Lord. He is the King of Kings. He is the righter of injustices, lover of the poor and oppressed, comforter and bringer of peace. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is not just Good News for our future salvation, but for the present day! His death and resurrection transforms communities, brings about restoration in broken places and turns our social structures upside down. What a privilege it is to be a part of the body of Christ! "But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus- the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God." Acts 20:24
During my fourth year of medical school, I considered what kind of doctor I wanted to be and what my values would be as I began to explore residency options. There were so many great programs for Family Medicine, but I wanted to honor God by seeking His wisdom and really wrestling with my decision. I wrote out a goal: To glorify God and grow in Christ-likeness; and to bring spiritual and physical healing to others through the Gospel and medicine. I wrote down values: Excellence, teamwork, community involvement, humility, creativity, courage. I prayed for God's guidance and for His will to be done. A verse I clung to during that time was Proverbs 16:33, "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD".
It fills me with gratitude that I have the opportunity to train at Resurrection. The shifting of location, lifestyle, values and dreams is a difficult process-- but through it I am experiencing a depth of God's grace that did not know before. As my fellow intern, Tity, says, "Go God!"
In my free time I enjoy nature walks, singing along to the radio, watching old movies, rereading favorite books, painting, and writing/receiving snail mail.
My name is Matthew Iles, but everyone usually just calls me Matt; my middle name is David. So you might say that I’ve got some big shoes to fill (or sandals?). Therefore, when I was looking for the right residency to form me into a worthy disciple of Christ as well as an heir to the Kingdom, my search landed me in Memphis. Let me tell you why: the greatest achievement in my life has been maintaining and growing deeper in my love and relationship with my Lord and Savior. And don’t you think for a minute it has anything to do with my abilities. It is purely by grace that I have been saved from my former self, so that I may make war on my sin daily, grow more joyful in knowing my savior and tell others about the life-changing/sustaining/giving love of God. Sure I love medicine (and cycling, running, frisbee, piano, reading, pontificating, cooking, wine etc.) but when I was preparing myself for the idea of being a medical missionary, I knew I needed to search for the kinds of disciples who could best prepare me to that end. Medicine is a beautiful field, but when life gets difficult and medicine is out of answers, the immediacy of one’s need for Christ and the cross comes into sharp focus. I knew from the moment I landed here that this program and this city is full of disciples willing to share their experiences and pour into young, eager physicians in order to prepare them to practice superb medicine anywhere in the world and do so as lights for Christ. God has big plans for this world and to reconcile his creation to himself. That’s happening on a daily basis around here and I’m humbled to be a part of it. I would tell you this place is the bees knees, but I’m allergic to them, so whatever your equivalent is, you’ll find it here.
I was born in Springfield Illinois and moved with my family to the Chicago area during the beginning of elementary school. My family is a treasure in my heart and I am grateful for both the difficult and joyful moments we have shared, all of which have drawn us closer to each other and closer to the Lord. I enjoy spending time with them and especially enjoy our dance parties! In my free time I enjoy the great outdoors, cooking, reading, singing, dancing, and kickboxing. I hope to learn how to play the violin in my spare time. Yay!
Medicine was always on my heart from a young age but it was not until my year of service with Mission Year in inner city West Philadelphia that the Lord revealed His plan and calling for me to become a physician. He filled me with the desire to serve patients with the least amount of resources and with the greatest need. The actual journey to medicine was a true journey filled with bumps and hurdles but the Lord is forever faithful. At the end of my third year of medical school I realized Family Medicine was the best fit for me. Building relationships with my patients and following them throughout their care became an essential component of how I desired to practice medicine. I knew the Lord was calling me out of my comfort zone yet again when I did a one month rotation with Resurrection during my fourth year of medical school. It was during that time that I met residents dedicated to loving Jesus and serving their patients. I saw them make amazing sacrifices while consistently pouring out love on their patients. I realized that this would be the most difficult and most rewarding residency training program. Could it be that the Lord had used my time in West Philadelphia to specifically prepare me for residency in Memphis?!? Yes, yes and yes! I am grateful to be in Memphis for residency training and even more grateful that the Lord challenged me to move out of my comfort zone. I have joined a beautiful group of people committed to loving Jesus, loving their neighbors, and living in community while training to become amazing physicians for the Lord. I pray to be broken before the Lord, to be used by Him, and to keep Him at the forefront of all that I do. I am excited and humbled to journey with the Lord during this new season of residency!
Why I chose Memphis? The BBQ in the air?
The sweat that soaks in your underwear?
The fact that all the women need to purchase their hair?
No, it was because I aim to care.
I was a medical student in California at the top of my game,
then I heard a man speak about giving up fame,
My pride, my tongue, my decisions need to be tamed,
Don't just follow your passions, that will surely leave you lame.
Give up what you've earned to follow the king,
Give up your life and stop bowing down to bling,
it feels like everyone I know is following that ching-ching,
When really, you should be saying "O death, where is your sting?"
Serve the underserved, bring light to a place that's wrapped in darkness,
Help the neighborhood, to the mother who views the world as nothingness,
to the drug addict who's fallen into an abyss,
Deppression, shadows, uncertainty, and lonliness.
Bring the message that Jesus gave us in the bible we read,
The message he gave while our sin made him bleed,
Proclaim the kingdom that the Son decreed,
Proclaim the kingdom in word and deed.
That's why I chose Memphis, a group of misfits trying to follow God,
A group of people who have never lost their awe,
Who don't care about the fake smiles, lavish lifstyles, and worldy facades,
This is why I chose Memphis, to honor my God.
Growing up in a mission-minded family, I remember being taught about social disparities from a very young age. When I entered the medical field, I knew that the Lord was calling me to use medicine to engage those issues. However, the Lord has not gifted me with an entrepreneurial spirit or a vision-casting mind. It was not clear to me how medicine could address disparity or how spiritual care could be incorporated into medical care. Then I found the specialty of Family Medicine and this residency program. I visited for two weeks as a third year medical student at the recommendation of a friend. In this program, I am able to learn from mentors and physicians who do have entrepreneurial spirits and vision-casting minds, people who have been working on these strategies for years and have experience to pass on. I am thankful to God for this community and the opportunity he has given us through this program to serve his people, to make his name famous, and to learn how to take excellent care of our patients.
I was born and raised in Lafayette, IN in Purdue country (Boiler Up!) Purdue holds a special place in my heart because that is where I truly became a follower of Christ and also where I met my awesome wife Amy! In college, we got really involved with Cru and had the opportunity to learn about discipleship and evangelism. So as I headed off to medical school, I looked for a similar ministry and discovered CMDA. Through my involvement with CMDA, I heard about a Cru Summer Project called the Whole Person Care Preceptorship in California. So after my first year of medical school, I flew to California and spent several weeks learning what a unique opportunity we have to share the good news of Jesus Christ in healthcare. After that summer, I started to look for residency programs that shared my new passion of practicing spiritual care and using medicine to advance the Kingdom of God. Initially, I didn’t expect to find any programs like this, but then I stumbled upon a Family Medicine residency in Memphis called Christ Community. The program almost sounded too good to be true with the mission statement “to the need, to the nations, for the King.” How could this be the mission statement of a family medicine residency program? I got the chance to learn more and ask lots of questions when I met several people from the program at the Christ Community booth at the Global Missions Health Conference. The people I met were awesome and were so passionate about their faith. It was so encouraging to see people take obedience to God’s Word so seriously by seeking to follow His Great Commission by taking His name to the hard places in Memphis and around the globe. During my residency interview two years later, the name had changed but the vision hadn’t. We definitely wanted to be a part of what God was doing in Memphis. I also saw that Resurrection provided great medical training that would prepare me to practice medicine anywhere the Lord was leading us to go. A final thing that drew Amy and me to Memphis was the sense of community that existed here. Everyone was so welcoming and it really did feel like a big family. We feel so blessed that we are here and can’t wait to see what the Lord will teach us over the next three years!
(With apologies to Paul of Tarsus) If someone thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: baptized in the eighth week, of the people of Holland Michigan, of the Reformed Church of America, a Christian of Christians; in regard to law, a Conservative; as for zeal, I memorized my confirmation vows; as for righteousness based on Church attendance, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. I consider them garbage, so that I may gain Christ, be found in him, to have his righteousness, and participate in his sufferings.
I became a follower of Christ out of brokenness best talked about in person. I dropped my understanding of Christ as a means to an end, and accepted Christ as the end. As I went off to college, I got deeply involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Michigan Tech, and served as a Christian summer Camp Counselor. I met my wife Brita, and our “first date” was praying, followed by committing to pray every day during our relationship, and still do years later. I went and involved myself in every atheist/skeptic group on campus and listened to their struggles with the Church. I read the Shepherd of Hermas and learned about the arguments Irenaeus had against Gnosticism. I got to listen to someone say the first prayer of their life and become a Christian in a Bible study God was gracious enough to let me lead. I saw relationships that I thought would end in suicide or worse find forgiveness through Jesus. I have listened to the answered callings and experiences of those pursuing the great commission at the costs of their lives and comfort. I have walked and eaten with those who need care most and want to spend my career serving them. Christ has destroyed, and continues to renew, my life. After this and more, there was, is, and will be nothing I wouldn’t give to follow Christ.
I grew up in Amarillo, TX the oldest of three boys and was raised in a family that taught us about the love of Jesus. I moved to Waco, TX for college where I studied economics at Baylor University and met the incredible woman who would become my wife. During those four years God began to draw me toward medicine while placing a burden on my heart for the poor. I felt this call most clearly during my junior year of college while on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua. Through one of the team members, I got put in contact with a third year medical student from West Virginia who had worked there some time before. He gave me advice on applying to medical school and encouraged me to pursue God's calling toward medicine and healthcare for the poor but warned me that the road would be difficult and I would often be tempted to pursue an easier path along the way. I wasn't sure exactly what that would mean for me, but I decided to apply for medical school and trusted God to take care of the rest. So I graduated from Baylor and moved to Houston for medical school while Kelsey, now my wife, moved to San Antonio for dental school, and I spent the next few years wondering what God had planned for us. My friend was right, the journey was tough, and in my first year of medical school I wanted to quit. But God proved Himself faithful as always and brought Kelsey and me through three years of being apart and we got married between our third and fourth years of school. During this time I was wrestling with what field of medicine to pursue and where I should go for residency. Family medicine was not even a consideration at this time, but the Holy Spirit brought to mind the conversations I had a few years before with that medical student from West Virginia. I looked him up to see where God had taken him and found out he was one of the first four residents at this program here in Memphis. I read about the vision of the program and knew I had to come check it out to see what it was all about. I couldn't believe a place like this existed where people were living out the very call I had felt the Lord place on my life. So, through a series of events that could have only been orchestrated by a sovereign Savior, we were placed here in Memphis to train in family medicine and discover more fully what it means to lay down our lives to follow after Jesus. The Lord has given my wife and I both a passion for serving the poor through healthcare for His kingdom. We have no idea where He will lead us next, but we are excited to join this community of disciples and participate in the work God is doing here in Memphis!
I come to Memphis from the Great State of Texas, where “BBQ” has a slightly different definition. No worries though – I am adapting to my new surroundings and quickly learning the local ways.
I first became interested in medicine as a young child, partly through my desire to help people and partly through my family’s experience with doctors and the medical community. Through a series of events I felt a calling on my heart, at the age of 12, to become a “missionary doctor” and I haven’t looked back since!!
I first learned of Resurrection when I attended the URBANA Mission Conference in December 2009, during my senior year of college. We were studying the book of John and discussions and lectures tied into the theme of “He Dwelt Among Us” taken from John 1:14. I attended a small group session with Dr. Rick Donlon. He told us about his vision for the city of Memphis and how the little health clinic he started with his friends from medical school had taken off and grown once they decided to embrace the community in another way and “dwell among” their patients. The icing on the cake was when he said that they were thinking of starting a residency program. I came home from that conference and told my family that though I didn’t know where I was going to medical school yet, I knew where I was going for residency!!
I studied biology at a small Christian university in the geographical center of Texas where I was a proud member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band. I then chose to attend the only osteopathic medical school in Texas because of the unique hands-on approach to medicine. The skills I developed there will benefit all of my patients, but especially the ones I meet overseas or in a resource-poor setting where a listening ear and my hands may be the only thing I have to offer. The high quality medical training and the collective heart for the underserved, both locally and abroad, are ultimately what drew me to Memphis for residency. The community and atmosphere is beyond compare. I look forward to seeing how the Lord continues to grow me and stretch me as a Christian and as a physician over the next few years.
My name is Diego; I am from Caracas, Venezuela. I am married to my awesome wife, Ashley, and we have two sons, Elijah and Isaac. My roller coaster story goes something like this: I am the son of a carpenter and handyman, so a carpenter I grew up to be. I had my own construction company with people that worked under me. Business was going good, but God, God had other plans in mind.
My wife Ashley and I met while she was pursuing her masters degree, which eventually became a doctorate degree in food science. I was simply a construction worker with a high school diploma. While prospering my business, God called me into medicine. My response was, "HUH," and my thought was that school takes way too long and I'm just a construction worker! Before I knew it, the housing market crashed, and I was left virtually without a job. (I felt like Jonah... I might have disobeyed God and caused the US housing market to crash!) I had no option but to hop on this new ride that God was leading me to. I enrolled at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. With God's help, everything went smoothly, and then it was time to apply to med school. I vividly remember looking at my completed application, Ashley sitting by me, my shaky hand on the mouse ready to hit the "APPLY" button. It was paralyzing. But then we prayed that God would do with us as He pleased; we prayed that if this was His will that He, and ONLY HE, would have to make it happen. We prayed like Moses did...if you don't go with us, please don't send us! When we found out I had been accepted into med school, we knew God would be with us.
To this day, we have seen his hand in every aspect of our lives, from a thyroid cancer scare to the crazy birth of our first son, and to the fact that we now "hang our hats in Tennessee." God is faithful; God is sovereign, and that is our testimony. Coming to Resurrection is a dream for me and my family. This is a place that will challenge us daily in all aspects of our lives, and a place that helps us forget all the first-world problems most have. This place draws you near to God from whom true healing comes. I cannot wait to experience the roller coaster that God places us on next.
Initially, I wanted to be an ER doc, having worked in the emergency department before med school. However, after M1 year I developed a new perspective on healthcare. Primary Care – there is such a great need – so they told me after beginning my training. The disparity became obvious to me especially in my hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. I was unsettled by the fact that some people in my city have an “-ologist” for all of their aches, pains, and ails while many others lack even one doctor to help treat their hypertension or diabetes. The summer after M1 year I rotated through some Christian family medicine clinics. God used the experience to fuel my vision for family medicine, global missions, and community development. It was like a light switched on in a dark room. I was given a vision for what God wanted me to do with my life.
I desire to provide excellent comprehensive medical care including obstetrics to an underserved population in the name of Jesus Christ. The concept of continuity of care from womb to tomb is exciting. Before my second year of med school, I moved into Binghampton, an underserved, inner-city neighborhood in Memphis. My decision to move there was motivated by the community’s many needs as well as relationships with the people that lived there. I am still learning a great deal about the culture that surrounds me, and how I can make a positive impact for Christ. I met my wife while she was doing a rotation at a local clinic and staying next door to me in the neighborhood. I could not have asked for a more wonderful woman! She is passionate about the underserved and is also pursuing a career in family medicine. We are eager to intentionally make disciples for Jesus wherever we are, whether in the inner-city or overseas. She is a great artist, and I play guitar (specifically: worship and blues). We also enjoy salsa dancing and walking through our neighborhood.
I was born and raised in Memphis, TN. God has given Sam (my wife) and I a passion for this city, and we feel honored to serve here. God is doing a big work in Memphis, not only in healthcare, but also in education, neighborhood development, discipleship training, refugee resettlement, and much more. Some of my favorite things are here in Memphis: great food, blues music, Shelby Farms park, disc golf, Salsa dancing, a great community of Christ followers, and Molly’s La Casita Mexican restaurant - to name a few. Memphis, historically, has been a launching platform for ideas, musicians, strong leaders, and powerful, culture-shaping movements. We too hope to use this city as a launch pad for whatever God has in store for us next.
A little about me...I grew up the youngest of five boys. I was always competing growing up, whether in monopoly, cards with my grandma, or in sports, I have always loved to compete. I have always enjoyed being outside whether that entails the lake, the mountains, hiking, or just walking my dogs, being out in the sun just makes everything better. There has been plenty of sun to go around too, as I have spent the majority of my life in Oklahoma and Texas enduring plenty a triple digit sunny day! I just finished up four years at the University of Oklahoma COM, after four years of undergrad at Baylor University. It was during the first year of medical school that I met the most amazing woman of my life who eventually became my wife just before the end of Medical school after 3 long years of patiently waiting! Oh it was the worth the wait though!
Now a little about how I ended up in Memphis...Like so many on med school applications, I wrote about how I wanted to help people. While that was true at the time, I didn't quite know what that would actually look like as doctor. No one in my family was in medicine. During my first year of medical school I was lucky enough to be surrounded by a group of guys that frequently discussed and searched out what it meant to be a Christian and a doctor and how those two went together, using God's word and older, wiser men as our guides. During the summer after my first year of med school, I got the chance to come out to Memphis to do a two week internship. That was the first time in my journey that I began to see Christian doctors who were truly living out their faith in their job, with their families, and in their interactions with their neighbors. It was amazing to see the doctors truly loving people to the point that their love didn't stop at 5 o'clock in the clinic, but continued when they went home and lived life around those same patients. I came out to Memphis for residency because I wanted to not only learn how to be a great doctor, (which by the way is a huge passion of mine and the people here as well who believe in true equality in medicine for the poor not just 'some' is better than none) but to learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ who makes more disciples. I could never have guessed that in my mere three months here so far I would have already learned so much in both of those categories. This truly is a special place.
I learned about Rez through the Global Missions Health Conference, and to be a Resurrection resident is evidence of God’s compassion. For 40 days, my closest friends woke up early in the cold, dark wintery mornings to pray for match day. They prayed for the right residency, great roommates, an encouraging community, for confidence, for God’s good will to be done, and I’m sure a slew of other things. God in his loving sovereignty and gentle kindness brought me to Resurrection. He also provided wise roommates, an inspiring house church, and a beautiful and dynamic intern class.
My hopes for the time I have here are to learn what it looks like for people made in the image of God, especially those who are crucially different from my very Asian-American Christian past experiences, to be in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I think to be pushed medically is important, but I find myself challenged and encouraged spiritually at Resurrection. This makes every day a blessing and the next three years of residency an exciting journey.
Here is a snapshot of myself: I am a small town guy from western Oklahoma that was raised in a family of three brothers. I love being with my family and friends. My favorite things to do with them include hanging out on a patio to enjoy the weather and being active out on the golf course. My eclectic side enjoys trying new foods (anything with goat cheese on it will do)! I also have a sensitive side that loves snuggling up with my wife while watching a movie (I’m not above a good Nicholas Sparks flick).
On a deeper level: Being from the Bible belt I was raised believing that it was just the cultural norm to go to church. Religion never really had a significant impact on me early in my life. As I became older and went off to college, I never sought out the Church because it had no personal relevance to me. Thankfully God is full of GRACE and captured my heart. Because of Jesus, I was able to turn away from the things in life that I thought was bringing me happiness but in reality was killing my soul and set my eyes upon Christ. I always cling to Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God". I know from firsthand experience that no matter how lost we might be, Jesus Christ can rescue us! My journey to Resurrection started on a medical mission trip to Mexico where I discovered what God wanted me to use medicine for: to further the Gospel and love the poor. By no surprise God pointed me to a residency that was going to prepare me to do just that. From the beginning God orchestrated me coming to Resurrection. He even provided me with the love of my life, Kelsey, who was even more excited about this program than me! God really does work ALL things together for our good and me coming here is just another example of that. We are so excited to be apart of what God is doing in Memphis!
I am grateful that God was leading me and my husband Mike to Memphis just a few months ago. Mike, who is one year ahead of me in residency, was working at a great residency in Missouri when we had gotten married September 2013. It was assumed that I would also be attending this residency, but to our surprise, God had other plans. Both of us already knew some of the passionate and unique people in Memphis through our medical student rotations - I had first encountered Resurrection as a first year medical student when I spent a month in the clinics, meeting more Rez Memphians and sitting under some great teaching and encouragement for the students from Dr. Rick Donlon and Nathan Cook. From there, I kept in touch with some Rez people through the Global Mission Health Conference in KY every year and having Dr. Donlon speak to my medical school for retreats. So, I have always loved Resurrection, the people that make up her body, and the mission all of these people seemed to have in their hearts to do the hard thing that God was calling them to do, and to do so in preparation for future ministry/missions. In January 2014 when God dropped into our laps the opportunity of coming to Memphis for residency, we didn’t quite know what to do, but through much prayer, we believed that God was wanting us to be here. It’s seriously such an honor, privilege, and dream to be at Resurrection, and to be a part of the team taking care of patients and living in the neighborhoods that God has chosen for us.
A little about me: I lived all of my childhood in the Bay Area, California and am the oldest of three girls to my hardworking and honorable Polish parents, Hubert and Margaret. My sisters are Marta (with new brother-in-law Vijay!) and Ruth live in Oklahoma. My parents especially, having immigrated from Poland before I was born, have taught me what I know about hard work, perseverance, and giving the glory to God. I am married to the greatest blessing to me apart from Christ - Mike - I love him! We both plan to do long term overseas missions soon after residency. I really like to spend time with my husband, make new friends, run, bake, study, and do projects around the home.
I’m Gareth, and this is my story. It’s not really my story though- it’s God’s story. My wife, Amy, and I moved to Memphis from Houston, Texas, where I spent the last four years in medical school. I love hiking and camping out in God’s magnificent creation and spending time with Amy. Now that you know me well, I can tell you that the reason I love medicine is that healing is God’s business. After all, that’s exactly what Jesus came to earth to do- heal the sick and lame, give sight to the blind, and even more importantly, heal our broken spirits and redeem our captive souls. To think that Jesus would choose to use even me in His plan of healing is beyond comprehension. As his servants and adopted children, we have the unique privilege of offering to our neighbors tangible examples of God’s endless love for them through our words and actions. I am overwhelmed to be part of a program that fosters the expression of God’s love to the needy amongst us. I pray that my life always points to Him. God has given Amy and me a heart for the nations and a passionate desire to make Jesus known wherever we are. That’s why we came to Resurrection - to live a radical life for our King, to live in community with other believers, dedicated to sharing his love with the poor, from Memphis to the ends of the earth. In all that we do, I pray daily that only Jesus gets the glory. We desire to live lives of service to the least of these in our community- the poor, the broken, and the lonely. My prayer is that, as Christ’s follower, His power and love would shine through this fragile, cracked clay jar, and that my life would be a fragrant offering to Him who died to set me free.
My name is David Huber. I am from Seattle and went to medical school/found a wife in Los Angeles. I love the mountains, the ocean, hiking, running, singing, travel, people and JESUS. I believe that Jesus Christ died for me while I was yet a sinner. Although I am not perfect, the driving force in my life now comes from that one fact and from the Spirit of Christ in me. I do what I do (medicine, marriage, exercise, hobbies, study, relationships etc) to enjoy God and for God's glory because He died that I may enjoy Him and glorify Him forever! I am privileged to be a child of the King and hope that I may make him look great to the world. I'm blessed to have a family who raised me in the church and loves me. I am happy to have a wife (Grace) who loves Jesus, and me too. I love her. I'm blessed to have a desire and opportunity to work for God's glory both in the US and abroad. I look forward to getting to know people in our neighborhood and hope to learn from them and also share Christ with as many as possible! I'm afraid of my sin and my lack of medical and soul-winning abilities, but I know that God is greater and He will purge me of that sin that I may run the race with endurance and that he will enable me to learn and practice great medicine and even allow me to lead some people to Him. I'm excited and honored to be a part of Resurrection Family Medicine because I see the love of God in these people and I see the power of God here, forming this residency and enabling these family doctors to have great patient outcomes. I look forward to the day when I will see Jesus face to face. When we will be his people and he will be our God. When there will be no more tears or death or pain. I work and live in anticipation of that day.
I was born in Malaysia, raised in Taiwan as a missionary kid, and moved to Texas for the final years of high school and then college. I never knew where to call "home" and always had a sense of adventure for everything. Though I have heard the Gospel many times before in my life, it was during my time in college that my eyes were opened, by His grace, to see and experience the redeeming power of the cross and the unconditional love of Jesus. It was also then that I experienced what it meant to live in authentic community and to participate in medical mission. I graduated Texas A&M University with more than just a Nutrition degree - I graduated with a deeper desire and passion to love and serve the Lord through medicine. In medical school, I realized medicine was not all powerful: people will always get sick and die. Rather, Jesus is The Healer and in Him only is life eternal. When I first heard about Resurrection, I couldn't believe it - that there would be a program where a resident can get trained as a doctor, a disciple of Jesus, and a church planter. My husband, Andrew, and I are beyond blessed to be able to serve alongside God-fearing faculty and residents. During my free time, I love to cook, bake, run, travel, hang out with people over a good cup of coffee, and play my guitar and worship. We don't know where we'll be in the future, but what we do know is that we are so grateful and humbled to be in Memphis this season and to call this place our home.
I am originally from McDonough, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. I married my high school love, Aaron, then we headed off to New Orleans where I received my MD/MPH degree from Tulane and where Aaron completed a degree in Missions at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and taught high school math. We have a sweet little boy, Jude, almost a year old now. We are constantly humbled by the thought that God has been shaping every part of our story, from the seemingly bad like broken families, to the impossible like giving us the desire to give over our lives and the life of our son. Eventually, we want to be overseas. When people ask where, I say, “Where we’re not allowed to be!” That is our heartbeat—to go where others cannot or will not go in order that people who “cannot” hear will hear the truth that Jesus deserves their worship and wants them to enjoy Him forever! We came to Memphis because we don’t want to waste our life doing anything but that while I complete residency. We wanted to be a part of a community where God is moving and a community that will challenge us to live, not only for our future calling, but the calling to make disciples as we go. We have moved into Frayser where Aaron hopes to get involved at the high school and where we plan to plant our lives for as many years as God says to. We are anticipating the building of our faith through the challenges we will face, the miracles we will see, fellowship with the Church, and the amazing mentors God has given us during our time here.
My wife and I hail from the North - Michigan to be precise. I was born and raised there with the exception of some time spent overseas with my family. Growing up I never thought I’d be a doctor and even when I started medical school I was sure would never work in a clinic. Now, though, I’m in Memphis starting my family medicine residency at Resurrection. God is behind all of it. Looking back I can see how He led me step by step into medicine and down here to Rez. Along the way He has blessed and taught us so much! He transformed our lives through the power of the gospel, even when we weren’t looking for it. We’ve been surrounded by amazing believers every step of the way, including amazing families, great mentors, and gospel-centered churches that introduced us to Biblical theology and missional living. Now it is our desire to glorify God with our lives, seeking to shine His light and share the gospel wherever we go. We found this same heart at Resurrection – the desire to glorify God with the lives and talents He has given us and this is the reason we wanted to be here for residency. We can’t wait to see what God does with our hearts, lives, neighbors, and patients while we’re here, or where He takes us afterwards!
Four years ago I felt an unexpected draw to Memphis for med school. The huge amount of need that I saw during my interview really stirred my heart. I had just graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a Biology degree and at this point I didn’t know exactly why I should go to Memphis, but felt that there would be great opportunity to serve there. I began med school thinking that I wanted to do primary care, but didn’t have a clear vision of what it would look like. Fortunately, God grabbed my attention early in my first year through some disciples of Jesus who were living in the inner city and using medicine to love their neighbors. Most of these people were working at Resurrection. After going through Agenda 5:15 (a video series designed to disciple med students) in a CMDA small group with Dr. Rick Donlon and meeting a missionary doctor from Memphis who works among unreached people groups, God changed the direction of my life in a big way. I was finally beginning to learn that the main thrust of my life should be to glorify God and spread the fame of Jesus. It was especially laid on my heart to serve the poor among unreached peoples overseas and share with them the love of Jesus! After my first year, I married my incredible wife, Sarah. She had a strong desire to live and do ministry in the inner city (which I had developed as well), so we moved into one of the neighborhoods where Resurrection was working. I discovered that I loved family medicine and was continuously reaffirmed in the decision to chose it as a career. It was clear to me that I should train at Resurrection Family Medicine. God’s hand has been evident on this program before it was established and as it has grown. There are not many places where you can find Christ centered, top-notch full spectrum family medicine training in the context of intentional Christian living. I have found that Memphis is an amazing city; God is working through the body of Christ here in so many incredible ways on a large scale. I learn meaningful truths every day from my neighbors, house church body and the Resurrection staff. God has been incredibly faithful and I am so grateful to be a part of this family!
It's amazing to see how God has directed my path over the years and continues to guide me daily. As I have become increasingly aware that my life is not about me but about serving God and the people He has created, God has given me new opportunities to know people and experience places that I would never have expected. I grew up in Southern California. While at UCLA for college, I developed a passion for going overseas to help those who may have been neglected and forgotten by their society. I went to med school at Loma Linda, living with a community of believers whose passion to know God and help people challenged me to think not of myself but of others. I chose to go into Family Medicine to equip me with the tools to serve any person in need, including children, pregnant women, and adults. I spent my intern year at a great residency in Missouri, where I had my first real experiences with the responsibility of taking care of patients in need of a someone who truly cares for them. I also got married during intern year to my incredible wife Miriam, who I had met a year earlier at the Global Missions Health Conference. It has been such a joy to have the opportunity to love and serve someone who daily causes me thank God for blessing me with her. As we both desire to serve overseas soon after residency, we saw the opportunity to come to Resurrection Health as a way to be with likeminded people who are dedicated to giving all of themselves to serving the poor, the marginalized, the unreached. It is a pleasure to serve a new set of patients, live as a part of a new community, and fellowship with people who have similar goals. As Miriam and I continue to follow God's directing of our lives, I'm excited to see how God uses us in residency and in the years to come for His glory.
God's story through my life begins in Wichita, KS where I was born as the youngest child with the best older siblings you could ask for. Though born in Kansas, Colorado Springs, CO is where I call home. A perfect weekend would include skiing, soccer, ultimate frisbee, hiking, rock climbing and camping in the mountains beside a ginormous campfire. God called me to medical missions when I was an undergrad at the Univ. of Colorado. However, it honestly was not until my 4th year of med school at the Univ. of Kansas that I realized I was pursuing medical missions more for humanitarian reasons rather than confessing that it is merely a tool to proclaim the life transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. I like medicine, I love people, but, by God's grace, my passion will forever be pointing people to the true Healer. I came to Memphis because people are already doing this here. Our medical mission field is wherever we are, whether it be in the inner-city or the 10/40 window. I am grateful, humbled, scared but excited to spend these next three years learning how to 1.) bring glory to God through medical care for the poor 2.) be a Gospel sharing missionary and 3.) love God with my heart, soul, mind and strength...and medical skills
From the outside my story isn't very extraordinary. I was born and raised in a suburb of New York City, then left for Dartmouth College and returned to New York City for medical school at SUNY Downstate, and finally ended up here. But the truth is that my story is extraordinary. God's fingerprints are all over it. He raised me in a church-going family, with a twin brother and older sister who both push me in loving the Lord. In college, God built up my faith with a great fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ, but also placed me in trials to realize my own brokenness. In medical school, He quickly stripped my adhesions to the things of this world through a missions trip to Texas. He then led me to a residency program that didn't even exist when I first entered medical school. Here at Resurrection, He is nurturing me with an amazing community of visionaries and servants, building up my heart for the broken and lost. I'm really excited to see how His Spirit will move and for the new things sprouting up here!
I was born and raised in McPherson, KS as the youngest of three boys. After completing my undergraduate work at Greenville College in Greenville, IL, I returned to the University of Kansas for medical school. While in medical school, I decided to extend medical school a year longer to obtain an Masters in Public Health. I guess 20 years of schooling wasn’t quite enough so I decided to make it a nice 21. Serving in long-term medical missions has always been the end goal of any endeavor I have pursued and has heavily influenced any decision I have made. At an early age my family exposed me to the thrills of international travel. Additionally, my church emphasized providing service to the poor and disenfranchised. Naturally, pursuing medicine seemed like a fine direction to take to merge these two passions. I chose to obtain my MPH degree because I saw the importance of community health in a broader context. I chose to pursue family medicine because it merges that aspect of public health with the comprehensive care of the individual. Honestly, I chose Resurrection because I believe that God has called me here. Objectively, I chose it because it combines both the community and individual components with the spiritual. I know this place will challenge me spiritually, medically, socially, and emotionally. I am so excited to learn what it means to love and serve the poor for the glory of God for the next 3 years.
I'm Chris, from Colorado, and I love Jesus. Before Memphis I studied medicine in Loma Linda, California. God called me to move to Memphis because He wants to teach me about community, and - my friend - I have found community! I'm already best friends with the other residents, and its only been a few weeks. I had also been praying that God would place me in a neighborhood where I could be a positive influence for kids without fathers - and I found God placed children all around me. Today I took an eight-year-old boy, (whose first father was killed and second father is in jail) to church with me and now he thinks Jesus is cool because I do. Afterwards we spent the afternoon playing in the sprinklers, laughing, screaming, and soaking each other. I've never had so much fun in my life. But with the fun also comes the flipside of pain. The other night I came home to find the police at my neighbor’s house. Sam, a 16-year-old, was told by his mom to go off and play with his little brothers; when he came back, she had ran off and abandoned them. God has called me to a full life – full of joy, pain, laughter, suffering, intense adventure, and also simply waiting patiently on Him in the stillness. I've realized this life has nothing for me, nothing compared to the love relationship I've found in Jesus.
My husband Jay and I moved to Memphis from Phoenix, where I had completed my MD/MPH degree at the University of Arizona. Prior to medical school, I studied bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, worked in Boston at an intellectual property consulting firm for medical device companies, and volunteered in Liberia as a biomedical technician for Mercy Ships. I decided to pursue clinical medicine mid-way through my undergrad career, when the Lord developed a strong desire in me to serve Him with my vocation. Both my husband and I are committed to working in a low-resource setting, either among urban poor in the US or in an under-developed region of the world. In our professional and personal lives, Jay (who is pursuing a Masters in Counseling) and I hope to be used by God to bring hope and healing to hurting people, in His name, and for His glory. We were drawn to Resurrection because of the program's solid medical training, diverse and challenging patient population, inspiring and committed faculty and residents, and outstanding church community. In my (oh so abundant) free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, photography, running, singing, self-serve frozen yogurt, and figuring out new ways to incorporate breakfast foods into all meals of the day.
well I guess I should start off by telling you that my name's Donald and I'm a Clemson Tiger, to me it doesn't get much better than a Saturday afternoon football game or sittin' in my favorite deer stand. Interesting enough until winter break of my sophomore year of college this would have been the way I chose to describe, even define myself. Amazing what our God can do. What is really worth sharing is telling what God can do in the lives of those who are unworthy. In 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Paul explains that he once acted in ignorance and unbelief yet was shown mercy for he understood "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst". What God has given me is truly a testament to how He appoints His children to serve in different roles. Right now that role for me looks something like this: I'm a disciple of a living Savior who has been given a righteous fox for a wife, Sarah, and a fun loving yet strong willed toddler, Adelaide. How the heck did we get here, well it's not because we're "hood" or "hard core", shoot we don't scratch that I don't have rhythm or soul (Sarah has a lil I guess) and yet here we sit living totally out of our comfort zone. It's truly as simple as this, God has given our family a willingness to go. In that, we feel we should go to places where others may not want to. I present to you example #1: inner city Memphis. What a better place to learn about serving our God in the ends of the Earth where most believers don't want to go? Saying that doesn't mean living incarnationally isn't without challenges and struggles, but who better to learn from than the people who are living out day to day the ministry we hope to take to the nations. During my one month rotation here 3 years ago God used wisdom from a few of his disciples to truly mold & transform the way I viewed ministry/missions/daily living. This helped to change our trajectory from maybe doing part time missions to truly desiring a life in the 10/40 window. Time will tell what the next 3 years will bring. "Now to the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen."
I was born and raised in Louisiana and attended LSU School of Medicine-New Orleans. Following graduation from medical school, I completed a year of internal medicine while awaiting the Resurrection Family Medicine Residency program to begin. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Robin, who practices veterinary medicine here in Memphis. We are not exactly sure what God has planned for us after residency, but for several years we have dreamed of opening a clinic in Baton Rouge, our adopted home town. While we are in Memphis, Robin and I are renovating a house in the Orange Mound community and can't wait to become a part of the neighborhood. In my spare time, I enjoy being in community with my neighbors and friends, reading, barbecuing, exploring new local food venues, and talking too loudly. I have been excited about the Resurrection Residency program since it was still a twinkle in Dr. Rick Donlon's eye, and I am even more excited about the future of the program.
I grew up on my family's farm in Ohio with my Mom, Dad, two sisters, and various pets. My high school was literally in the middle of a cornfield, and one of our rivals was from a town called Hicksville! Although I loved home, I crossed the border into the exotic state of Pennsylvania to attend Grove City College, a small Christian liberal arts school. It was during my four years there that the Lord drew me to surrender my life to Him, pointed my heart towards missions, and directed me into the calling of medicine. I feel extremely blessed that, after college, I got to go back home to attend medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo, Ohio. I started medical school with the goal of becoming a family practitioner and participating in full time missions to care for the health needs in whatever community the Lord placed me in while also sharing the news of Jesus Christ. Amazingly, after four years of studying, I emerged with the same desire. When I found out that the leaders of Resurrection were starting a track for family medicine residents and heard their vision to train people for the mission field here and abroad, I felt it was too good to be true. Surely, the Lord would call someone "bigger and better" than me to be in the first class. Therefore, I feel extremely thankful that the Lord blessed my desire to come to Memphis and look forward to the next three years very much!
I grew up in Lincoln, NE and Houston, TX before attending Duke University. After finishing up my degree in Biomedical Engineering, I returned to Houston for medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. While in medical school I met my now wife Jenny at the Urbana missions conference. Jenny and I were married shortly before moving here for residency, and we now live in the Beltline Community in Memphis. Jenny works with Christ Community Ministries' Refugee Program and Operation Broken Silence, an organization working to end human trafficking and slavery. When not busy with residency, I enjoy carpentry, physics and drawing.
I come from a big family of six sisters and two brothers from the mountains of West Virginia. I went to Alderson-Broaddus College in rural West Virginia for undergrad before heading to Marshall University in Huntington, WV for medical school. I enjoy spending time with my family, the outdoors, Taco Bell, soccer, reading, running, community, riding my bicycle, traveling, the Braves, and spontaneity. The Lord leading me to Resurrection has been one of His great works in my life. His sovereignty brought me here with three great people to serve and learn alongside of over the next several years. There is a solid foundation and commitment within this community for living the way Jesus has asked us to live. A hunger for righteousness, a love of mercy, and a commitment to obeying Jesus' commission to bring reconciliation of the world through HIM guides and shapes the community. It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to practice medicine and care for others. To do it in a place that desires to glorify God in all that they do is a greater one. I'm excited to know I will be stretched, challenged, and encouraged by those around me over the next three years....gonna be awesome.