Christian Medical & Dental Associations/ CMDA

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The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) serve as a voice and ministry for Christian doctors. Its mission is to "change hearts in healthcare." Founded in 1931, CMDA currently serves over 16,000 members and promotes ethical positions. CMDA addresses policies on health care issues; conducts overseas evangelism projects through its mission arm (Global Health Outreach); coordinates a network of Christian doctors for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; holds marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary doctors with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the "hands of Jesus" to needy people, they seek to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621-7500


Phone: (423) 844-1000


Organization details

EIN: 362284267

CEO/President: Dr. Mike Chupp

Chairman: Mr. John R. Crouch, Jr., MD

Board size: 23

Founder: Medical Students

Year founded: 1931

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Christian Medical & Dental Associations ("CMDA") is the dba (doing business name) for the Christian Medical & Dental Society. CMDA strives to motivate and equip doctors to practice faith in Jesus Christ in their personal and professional lives. CMDA's slogan is "Changing the face of health care by changing the hearts of doctors." Specifically, CMDA proposes to do the following:

  • To proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord in the fields of medicine and dentistry.
  • To motivate doctors to be a witness for Christ around the world by a Spirit filled life style, verbal proclamation and the exemplary exercise of their skills and abilities.
  • To encourage Christian doctors to disciple each other in following Christ in their work.
  • To provide encouragement, continuing education, and resources for missionary doctors serving Christ in other cultures, and overseas.
  • To encourage Christian doctors to care for the poor.
  • To encourage and train Christian students and residents to grow spiritually, to cultivate a Christian mindset and to develop Christian aspirations during their training process.
  • To provide continuing education in medicine and dentistry at home and abroad.
  • To articulate biblical convictions that addresses the strategic issues in medicine and dentistry.
  • To provide resources that will help to motivate and equip doctors to practice faith in Christ in their personal and professional lives.

    To further these goals, CMDA sponsors publications, audio and video tapes, conferences, journals, short-term foreign and domestic missions, continuing education both overseas and in the United States, student and professional associations, and much more.

    This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

    Mission statement

    The Christian Medical & Dental Associations uses the following to communicate its mission:

    We have summarized the tenets of our mission statement into five general areas:

    1. Evangelism--leading others to personal faith in Christ;
    2. Discipleship--encouraging God's work in the lives of believers;
    3. Resources--equipping the saints for growth;
    4. Service--offering opportunities to minister to others in Christ's name;
    5. Voice--being a "City on a Hill" by speaking for Christian doctors on vital issues.

    Statement of faith

    The Christian Medical and Dental Society uses the following to express its faith:

    We believe:

    • In the divine inspiration, integrity, and final authority of the Bible as the Word of God.
    • In the unique Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • In the representative and substitutionary sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ as the necessary atonement for our sins.
    • In the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
    • In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, and the blessed hope, His personal return.
    • In the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
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    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Christian Growth

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating593 of 91337 of 65
    Fund acquisition rating373 of 91524 of 65
    Resource allocation rating451 of 91537 of 65
    Asset utilization rating762 of 91350 of 65

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    Balance sheet
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,290,299$1,446,916$1,437,924$1,391,729$1,438,769
    Short-term investments$7,616,596$6,585,599$6,236,450$5,242,025$3,826,819
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$11,971,349$9,916,861$9,518,527$8,409,366$7,507,365
    Long-term investments$3,169,961$3,145,595$3,176,326$2,836,427$2,828,549
    Fixed assets$3,740,784$3,996,875$4,025,431$4,179,133$4,467,305
    Other long-term assets$4,611,465$4,823,364$4,645,467$4,676,747$4,520,638
    Total long-term assets$11,522,210$11,965,834$11,847,224$11,692,307$11,816,492
    Total assets$23,493,559$21,882,695$21,365,751$20,101,673$19,323,857
    Payables and accrued expenses$524,661$641,620$590,613$547,625$612,713
    Other current liabilities$635,170$748,757$607,498$767,261$1,226,560
    Total current liabilities$1,159,831$1,390,377$1,198,111$1,314,886$1,839,273
    Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
    Other long-term liabilities$509,152$531,721$554,449$596,778$706,516
    Total long-term liabilities$509,152$531,721$554,449$596,778$706,516
    Total liabilities$1,668,983$1,922,098$1,752,560$1,911,664$2,545,789
    Net assets20202019201820172016
    Without donor restrictions$6,951,377$5,890,657$6,106,767$6,595,878$6,109,769
    With donor restrictions$14,873,199$14,069,940$13,506,424$11,594,131$10,668,299
    Net assets$21,824,576$19,960,597$19,613,191$18,190,009$16,778,068
    Revenues and expenses
    Total contributions$14,762,512$13,588,003$14,080,210$13,299,095$12,222,524
    Program service revenue$1,127,879$1,579,690$1,881,817$1,129,701$1,484,199
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$284,570
    Investment income$227,471$577,528$635,609$588,346$104,289
    Other revenue$159,222$725,424$462,113$723,505$47,852
    Total other revenue$1,514,572$2,882,642$2,979,539$2,441,552$1,920,910
    Total revenue$16,277,084$16,470,645$17,059,749$15,740,647$14,143,434
    Program services$11,351,783$12,471,957$12,109,303$11,180,466$10,935,349
    Management and general$2,335,247$2,944,555$2,705,610$2,365,990$2,356,511
    Total expenses$14,413,105$16,123,239$15,636,567$14,328,706$14,036,019
    Change in net assets20202019201820172016
    Surplus (deficit)$1,863,979$347,406$1,423,182$1,411,941$107,415
    Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets$1,863,979$347,406$1,423,182$1,411,941$107,415


    David L Stevens MD MAChief Executive Officer (part year)$211,477
    Michael E Chupp MDChief Executive Officer/Past EVP$168,819
    Keir ThelanderPAACS Medical Director$159,564
    George CourtneyVP for Stewardship Development$151,803
    James CampbellChief Operations Officer$144,328
    Michael OldhamChief Financial Officer$131,226
    Jeff AmstutzVP for Dental Ministries$128,893
    Susan KoshyPAACS Executive Director$116,654

    Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

    Response from ministry

    No response has been provided by this ministry.

    The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/16/2021. To update the information below, please email:


    CMDA was founded in 1931 by medical students as a vehicle for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer with other Christian medical students.

    Program accomplishments

    Christian Medical and Dental Association's accomplishments and programs include the following:

  • The Saline Solution--this continuing medical education conference is designed to teach practical evangelism in health care in the health care setting. The goal is to teach doctors, nurses, assistants, clergy, and others the team approach to medical evangelism.
  • CMDA HealthWise--this magazine provides health care advice to patients, while directing them to Christ as their source of wholeness.
  • Campus ministry now involves more than 150 schools (70 percent of the U.S. total).
  • Today's Christian Doctor-- CMDA's flagship periodical provides articles about faith, family, and practice (free to doctors).
  • "Incision"--this newsletter keeps members informed on critical issues.
  • "Christian Doctors' Digest,"--this quarterly audiocassette magazine contains inspirational and instructional topics such as practical witnessing, managed care, apologetics, and bioethics.
  • Specialty activities include the Psychiatry Section and ministries to Single Doctors and Women in Medicine and Dentistry.
  • The CMDA Resource Division selects, stocks, and distributes the best in resources designed specifically to help doctors grow in and share their faith.
  • The Paul Tournier Institute (CMDA Educational Division) was established to promote the integration of faith into practice.
  • A major curriculum development project is now underway to produce a medical and dental school two-year course teaching the integration of faith into practice.
  • CMDA Placement Service recruits like-minded professionals who wish to strengthen their practice and ministry.
  • Ethics Information Hotline provides "on-call" ethicists available each workday to assist clinicians with difficult decisions.
  • Medical Group Missions (MGM) is CMDA's global short-term missions program, offering opportunities to use clinical skills to minister to the world's most needy while simultaneously fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Commission on International Medical Educational Affairs (COIMEA) provides an outlet for spiritual and academic exchange in foreign countries.
  • Domestic Missions--an increasing number of CMDA members are individually involved with providing care to the under served.
  • Legislative initiatives are being sought that will improve the opportunity for domestic medical volunteerism and missions. A directory of domestic opportunities is jointly published with Christian Community Health Fellowship.
  • Continuing Medical and Dental Education is provided annually for colleagues serving overseas. These programs (e.g., Kenya '96, Malaysia '97) also offer fellowship, encouragement, and personal ministry to participants.
  • Expert testimony has been presented before Congress on issues such as mandated abortion training, partial-birth abortion, and physician-assisted suicide.
  • Legal action--Amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs have been filed in an Oregon physician-assisted suicide case and an Ohio partial-birth abortion case.
  • CMDA sponsors student chapters at two-thirds of the nation's medical and dental school campuses. CMDA provides discipleship and outreach programs and assists students in integrating Christian principles with professional practice.