Christian Medical & Dental Associations/ CMDA

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The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to "change hearts in healthcare" with a current membership of around 19,000 healthcare professionals. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical education and evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical dental, PA, and other healthcare training schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides developing world missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the "hands of Jesus" to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Medical & Dental Associations
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621-7500


Phone: 888-230-2637


Organization details

EIN: 362284267

CEO/President: Dr. Mike Chupp

Chairman: Dr. Lisle Whitman

Board size: 23

Founder: Medical Students

Year founded: 1973

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


CMDA's Vision: Bringing the hope and healing of Christ to the world through healthcare professionals.

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.

    Mission statement

    CMDA educates, encourages, and equips Christian healthcare professionals to glorify God.

    Christian healthcare professionals glorify God by following Christ, serving with excellence and compassion, caring for all people, and advancing Biblical principles of healthcare within the Church and throughout the world.

    Statement of faith

    (While each of us holds fast to additional beliefs important to our relationship with God, the following statement outlines the tenets that provide a foundation for our fellowship and participation in the Christian Medical & Dental Associations®.)

    I believe:

    In the divine inspiration and final authority of the Bible as the Word of God;

    In the eternal God revealed in Holy Scripture as Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

    In the unique Deity of Jesus Christ, God's only Son, whose death and resurrection provide by grace through faith the only means of my salvation;

    In the transforming presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

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    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Advocacy

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    Overall efficiency rating679 of 94124 of 40
    Fund acquisition rating306 of 9439 of 40
    Resource allocation rating602 of 94326 of 40
    Asset utilization rating834 of 94133 of 40

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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 9/8/2021. 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.