Before Susan and I met in the early 1970s, we were both apprehended by the Lord’s grace and independently surrendered our troubled lives to Jesus Christ. I was a caring but spiritually confused family physician fresh out of training who was working hard serving as the medical director of an inner city poverty clinic in Rochester, and she was pursuing her undergraduate premedical studies in Indiana. Over the next couple of years after our conversions, we were each sovereignly given visions of a place that we had never seen before, a clinic where patients could be comprehensively cared for and experience the love of Christ in a safe space. Sharing this vision became part of our courtship and engagement, and discovering its outworking has been a commonly held feature of our marriage and family life for the past 40 years.
During that time our lives, family, neighborhood, community, and nation have gone through many changes. Since opening in 1978, our small “Mom and Pop” ministry has grown into a Federally Qualified Health Center with 6 medical providers and over 25 staff serving some of Rochester’s neediest people at several locations. God’s grace has been abundant, and His plans for the future are unfolding in very faith-inspiring ways.
We believe that the best is yet to come. This is His work: He is the Vine and we are His Branches. May He prune us all that we may bear more fruit and bring glory to His Name!