This is the first in a series of Messenger articles highlighting GSL parishioners serving our community as volunteers with nonprofit organizations. If you know of a parishioner whose volunteer work should be featured in a future article, please email James Drummond at drummondjamesf at gmail.com.
A parishioner at GSL for almost 50 years, David is a volunteer physician at Church Health, the faith-based provider of medical care to Memphis’ uninsured working population. David first got acquainted with Church Health when he was with Conrad Pearson Clinic and the providers there did pro bono consults and surgery for Church Health patients. Following David’s retirement in 2012, Dr. Scott Morris the founder and CEO of Church Health urged him to join Church Health’s corps of on-site volunteer physicians. David agreed and has found that working every Friday at Church Health is one of the most rewarding aspects of his retirement.
Along with his wife Sidney, David is a native of Chattanooga. He came to Memphis to attend medical school at the University of Tennessee. Sidney, who for many years has helped plan weddings at GSL, moved to Memphis following their marriage. Sidney graduated from Sienna College after stints at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and LSU. David and Sidney have two children, daughter Kacey and son Jon-Paul, both currently living in Memphis, and they have been blessed with three grandchildren. Kacey attends GSL and is active in our chorus.
David says that the most rewarding aspect of his volunteer activity at Church Health is mentoring the “scholars” who assist him in organizing his Friday clinics at the Church Health facility at Crosstown Concourse. Church Health scholars are recent college graduates who plan to attend medical school or obtain an advanced degree in the medical field. They also shadow David as he diagnoses and treats patients.
When necessary, David refers Church Health patients for surgery to his former colleagues at Conrad Pearson as well as to other volunteer physicians the community. David’s professional relationships developed through 45 years of practicing in Memphis are an asset for Church Health.
David also enjoys being actively involved with Church Health’s Family Medicine residency program started several years ago in partnership with Baptist Hospital. Counseling the residents allows David to contribute to the training of the next generation of doctors.
Please join the GSL Outreach Committee in celebrating David’s commitment to serving the Memphis community as a volunteer physician. Church Health, a long-time recipient of GSL Outreach grants, welcomes volunteers in the clinic as well as in other departments. For more information contact Sharon Jones at joness [at] churchhealth [dot] org.