Before Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama (CMMSA) was founded, isolated groups of physicians and dentists in Mobile prayed for God to significantly impact the medical and dental communities in south Alabama. Several of these healthcare professionals also had a desire to assist medical students in their spiritual growth and help ground them in a Christian worldview.
The Lord had already been working among USA medical students. In 1995, Todd Edmiston (then a second year student) led a small group of students to form the University of South Alabama chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and began meeting together. Their purpose was to encourage other medical students to embrace a Christian worldview and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through fellowship, prayer, discipleship and Bible studies. Between 1995 and 2000, the student Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) chapter grew to sixty members with an average attendance of almost sixty first and second year students at their weekly luncheon. Their desire for additional spiritual growth activities increased along with their numeric growth.
In 1999, the Lord providentially brought medical students (under the leadership of Todd Edmistion) and health professionals (under the leadership of Dr. Robert and Kelly McGinley) together to begin developing a strategy to achieve their respective goals. The group looked to a highly successful Birmingham based ministry (the Christian Medical Ministry of Alabama) as an example of how to minister to medical professionals and students. Realizing that administering the ministry was a full time commitment, they asked God to provide a leader. Dr. Dan Taylor, at that time a full time minister at a local church, stepped out on faith and began the task of developing what became the Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama, an organization recognized by the state and federal governments as a 501c3 non-profit religious corporation.
After serving as the executive director with the ministry for almost 10 years Dr. Dan Taylor began his move into retirement by transitioning over the leadership to Duane Baxter in the Fall of 2009 and completing the leadership shift in January of 2010. Duane currently serves as the director with staff addition, Morgan Spivey, working as the adminstrator of the ministry.