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CMDA's Dental Ministries is dedicated to encouraging and supporting dentists in living out their Christian faith in their professional and personal lives. We are an outreach that encourages and supports dental professionals and students as they strive to integrate their Christian faith into all aspects of their lives, while providing opportunities for training and equipping.

We are expanding our ministry, services and resources for our dental members, as well as intensifying our outreach in dental schools across the country. Students are an integral part of our ministry. Top leaders in dentistry from across the nation come together at the Emerging Leaders in Dentistry Symposium to train dental students to become a Christ-centered leader. Resources specific to students can be found at

Billgriffin Portrait

Dr. William Griffin serves as the Vice President for Dental Ministries at CMDA. A member of CMDA since dental school, he has served on the Dental Advisory Council since 2013. He averages about four dental mission trips each year, and also serves as the Director of CMDA’s Faith Prescriptions Resource. He enjoys opportunities to communicate the love of Christ, domestically and internationally, through healthcare.


Dr. Katie Musser serves as CMDA’s Residency (+) Liaison. She is a general dentist in Memphis, TN and has worked at a distinctly Christian Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Musser is a graduate of CMDA’s Dental Residency (+) program and has also served on the program’s faculty. She and her family live an intentionally missional lifestyle alongside other like-minded individuals.

Pete Dawson

CMDA expanded its Dental Ministries in partnership with the late Dr. Pete Dawson, and the chair position was renamed in his honor. An immensely popular dentist and lecturer, Dr. Dawson founded The Dawson Academy, a renowned training center that has provided continuing dental education courses for practicing dental professionals for more than 30 years.

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Jennifer Wade, DDS
Southern Regional
Dental Coordinator


Malieka Johnson, DDS
Western Regional
Dental Coordinator

Jonathan Spenn, DMD

Jonathan Spenn, DMD
Midwest Regional
Dental Coordinator

Dental Residency [+]

CMDA Dental Residency [+] is preparing a generation of dental disciples to go throughout the United States and the World providing excellent quality dental care to the poor in the name of Jesus.

The dental providers and staff at the CMDA Dental Residency [+] believe we are commissioned by Christ to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Eph. 4:11-13) Our work is to prepare dentists to serve the dental needs of the poor in urban centers of the United States and the far reaches of the globe. We equip dentists not with gear, but skills, character and community that will last much longer.

Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has joined forces with Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) to equip dental disciples for service!


A three-year residency [+] program training and equipping dentists to provide excellent dental care to the poor domestically and internationally in response to the call of Jesus to preach the gospel and heal the sick.

Residency Year
Complete the (Lutheran Medical Center) NYU Langone AEGD Residency in Memphis, TN while living in community and receiving clinical training at Christ Community Health Services (CCHS).

[+] 1 and [+] 2 Years
Hired as a dentist at CCHS for 2 years with a month-long international rotation, training other residents, learning about practice management, discipleship and growing in leadership.

  • Join a tight community of like-minded residents and others associated with Christ Community Health Services.
  • Earn an AEGD certificate from (Lutheran Medical Center) NYU Langone .
  • Receive a resident stipend in year 1 and a dentist salary in years 2 and 3. (as a resident).
  • Intensive clinical training with a mentor dentist in an urban dental clinic among the underserved.
  • Access to training opportunities through the nationwide CMDA network.
  • Upon completion of the AEGD Residency, join Christ Community as a full-time dentist for [+] 1 and [+] 2 Years with a salary based on average compensation in other community health centers.
  • Eligible for loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps in [+] 1 and [+] 2 Years.
  • One month paid international rotation in [+] 1 Year.
  • Intensive practice management and residency program leadership in [+] 2 Year.
  • Be commissioned out to serve others through dentistry in the name of Jesus at our annual resident retreat.

For more information or to apply please visit

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Other Resources

Our dental audio, video and print resources are specifically designed to give you the knowledge and tools you need to effectively serve the Lord in your life and your dental community. These are only just a small selection of the resources available through CMDA, so please visit CMDA's Resources for more information.


WPDC’s Dental Champion

Dr. Elisa Ghezzi is passionate about connecting females in dentistry for mutual encouragement and fellowship.

Military & Missionary Dentist Moves into Midwest Ministry

Dr. Jonathan Spenn is CMDA’s new Midwest Regional Dental Coordinator, a position which will allow him to energize dental school ministry across his region. 

Loving Patients Battling Substance Abuse

Drs. Timothy and Nikki Allen to talk about their work serving the underserved, especially those who are struggling with addiction on this podcast episode.

Incorporating Spiritual Interventions Into Your Practice

Dr. Cathie Scarbrough talks about bringing your faith into healthcare by incorporating spiritual interventions with Dr. Mike Chupp and Dr. Bill Griffin in this month’s Dental Sound Bytes podcast, which is a re-release of a prior CMDA Matters episode.

Master Dentist, Philanthropist and More

 Dr. Perry Stamatiades is a lecturer and author and the creator of a philanthropic entity, Servants of Smiles.

Stopping Touchdowns and Tooth Decay

Dr. Terry Schmidt spent more than a decade playing in the NFL before becoming a dentist and CMDA member.

Ministering to Missionaries

R. Bruce Templeton, DMD, is a key player in the effort to support and strengthen healthcare missionaries around the world.

Benefits of Private Practice Ownership

Greg Gilbaugh, DDS, expounds on leadership principles that can best be exercised through ownership of one’s private practice.

Ukraine Dental Outreach

Drs. John Pfefferle and Phil Aday joined forces to provide care for orphans and refugees in Ukraine.

Canadian Christian Dental Ministry Launched

Dr. Katrina “Kate” Brouwer, ICMDA Dental Ministry Manager of Canada, shares her vision for establishing dental ministry across Canada.  Check it out – eh?

CMDA Stewardship Development

George Courtney and Jamie Mijeski of CMDA’s Stewardship Department share practical advice on financial stewardship and serving God rather than mammon.

Recognizing and Dealing with Stress

Steve Sartori, MD, the former Director of CMDA’s Center for Well-being, shares timeless wisdom to equip us for dealing with the inevitable stresses of our profession.

Student Ambassadors for Christ

Dental students Tanner “TJ” Swanson and Caroline Miller share their vision of serving Christ through dentistry, which is developing along with their clinical skills.

Kevin L. Aduddell, DDS – Faith in the Practice

Kevin Aduddell, DDS, who led Episode 15 of CMDA’s Faith Prescriptions video resource, challenges us to recognize and attend to both the dental and spiritual needs of our patients.

New VP of Dental Ministry-Bill Griffin, DDS

David Stevens, MD welcomes the newest member of the CMDA staff, Vice President of Dental Ministries, Bill Griffin, DDS.


The Dental Impact
A bi-monthly e-newsletter for our dental members.

Today's Christian Doctor
A print magazine for healthcare professionals, including articles for dental professionals.

Related Publications
A variety of articles and other resources for dental professionals.


Are you interested in having one of CDA's recommended speakers join you at your next event? For more information or to list your speaking event, contact CMDA's Dental Ministries.

Recommended Speakers

Van B. Haywood, DMD

Van B. Haywood, DMD, is a professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the School of Dentistry, Medical College of Georgia. Since 2005, he has served as the school’s Director of Continuing Education. He has served as a member and contributor to several organizations, including serving as the Associate Editor of the Esthetics Section of the Journal of the American Dental Association. He has completed research and more than 135 publications on the NGVB technique and the topic of bleaching and esthetics. He is listed in the “Top Leaders in Continuing Education” for the United States by Dental Products Report. His book Tooth Whitening: Indications and Outcomes of Nightguard Vital Bleaching is available at

DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD

Dentist and Senior Lecturer, Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Study; St. Petersburg, Florida

Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson is a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. He now serves as the senior lecturer at the Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Study and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. Dr. Wilkerson is the immediate past president of the American Equilibration Society.

William Griffin, DDS

William Griffin, DDS, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. He has practiced dentistry in Newport News, Virginia since 1983 and has been a member of CMDA since 1981. Dr. Griffin enjoys three to four international dental mission trips a year, and he also encourages other to become involved through a website he created, In addition, he volunteers his time as the dental director and President of the Board of the Lackey Free Clinic, a Christian medical-dental ministry in Yorktown, Virginia. Dr. Griffin also serves as a member of the CDA Dental Advisory Board, and he has written articles for Today’s Christian Doctor. He and his wife Linda have two children, Katherine and Will, Jr.

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