Annual Meeting

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Before registering, please review the notice below and complete your background check.

Welcome to the Registration page for the Annual BMDF meeting.

At the top of this page, you will see four icons.

  • The General Information Icon will give you information regarding the logistics surrounding the conference.
  • The Personalities Icon will give you information on those who will be on our program
  • The Program Icon will let you know our program agenda
  • The Registration Icon is where you will actually register for the conference

Important Notice

We are staying at the International Training Center. Due to security restrictions designed to protect the families who are living at the center, each person spending the night at the center will be required to complete a background check.

Click here to request the background check.

Each person attending the conference should do the background check. The cost is $26 which will be collected by utilizing your credit card when you apply for background check.

Scholarships for the Annual meeting are available for students.

For more information contact Bob at

General Information


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bob Thomas
via email at or by phone at 662-710-5661.


Our meeting is being held at the International Training Center, located in Rockville, VA.

The address is 16492 ILC Lane, Rockville, VA 23146.

Office hours are generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is always a security officer on duty and he is generally located at the gate when you arrive.

If you arrive after hours, he will be able to check you in. You can also call him if he is not at the gate by calling 804-337-8808.

During business hours, you can contact the front desk at 804-620-3835.


If you are traveling by air, you will fly into Richmond, VA (RIC).

The average driving time from the airport is between 35-50 minutes, dependent on traffic.

To get to the Learning Center, there are generally three things you can do that we can recommend that you:

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  1. Rent a car.
  2. Use Lyft or Uber.  
    A recent check of Uber prices (Feb. 1) was set at
    —Uber X  (2-3 passengers/3 suitcases       Approx. $40-$45
    —Uber XL  (5-6 passengers), Approx. $80.00
    These prices reflect the price for the car, not per person.
  3. Richmond Limousine or James Limousine, prices ran between $115 and $ 150 for a two-person sedan.
If you arrive by Uber, Lyft, Limousine, or taxi,  these vehicles are not allowed on campus. You will be let out at the front gate. The Center has a golf cart that will help you get to registration and your luggage to your room.
If needed, you can contact Bob at 662-710-5661 and I’ll come to the gate to make sure you get settled.


Meals are generally served at the following times:

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
(except for our Friday, when it will be 11:30 a.m.)

Dinner: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
(except Sat. Banquet, which will start at 6:00 p.m.)


Parking is free.

This is a conference center so you should be prepared to walk some distances, but not great distances. There are also areas in which you can easily walk or run, up to a mile each way.


The training center has lodging in both dormitory setting or quad setting.

We will most likely be in the dormitory setting. This is basically like a hotel setting. You will be assigned a room.

In the room, there will be a bathroom and two single beds. There is also a chest of drawers in the room. The beds are unmade, but you will find all the linens you need on the bed that is plastic-wrapped. It contains bed linens, a towel, and a washcloth. Some of the packets even have a box of laundry powder in them.

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Each dormitory has a washer/dryer combination, a sitting area, and a kitchen area with a refrigerator and microwave that is shared by all the guests in the Dormitory.

As you will see later, the cost of lodging is $60/person and is inclusive of all three meals.

Downtown Office Visit

On Friday, April 28, we will travel from the ILC (leaving around 12-12:15 pm) to visit the Downtown offices of our host organization.

We will be utilizing our private vehicles, but have also arranged to have two church vans to take us downtown (a total of 24 seats).

If you are driving, we would ask that you consider taking others with you. For your map point, you should use the address: 3800 W. Grace Street, Richmond, VA (this is the employee’s parking lot across from the front door).

After you arrive and sign in, we will meet in the front lobby of the building.

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We will eat lunch early that day (11:30) so that we can be on our way before 12:15 p.m. It is about a 30-minute drive to downtown.

We plan to leave the downtown office no later than 4:15 p.m. which will have us back to ILC by 5 or 5:15 pm at the latest. We will resume our meeting at 1 p.m. downtown, dismiss at 2:30, and have an hour for a guided tour of the building.


If you would like to use the internet it is free for use, but you must provide your name and email address.

The staff at ILC will provide you with a username and a password. There is a check box on the registration to provide this information if you would like to use the internet.

General Rules

  1. All participants must be over 18 years of age
  2. No smoking or alcohol is allowed
  3. Name tags must be worn at all times


Brother John


Brother John is the vice president for Global Engagement for the organization we are visiting. He previously served as the Regional leader for mission work in Northern Africa and the Middle East, where he led Southern Baptist workers to spread the Gospel.

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John grew up in Guyana as the son of Southern Baptist missionaries. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Furman University and a Master’s Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jenny, have been with this organization for more than Twenty years.

Jason Cox

Send Relief

Jason joined the Send Relief team as Vice President of International Ministries in January of 2021 after serving 18 years overseas with the International Mission Board. Jason filled several leadership roles with the IMB, including a senior leadership position overseeing the work of over 500 missionaries laboring among some of the least-reached peoples in the world.

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At Send Relief, Jason continues to work closely with IMB missionaries around the world to engage in compassion ministry through relief and development in ways that support IMB strategies to advance the missionary task. He and his wife, Kelli, live in Canton, Georgia and have four daughters ranging from 11 to 22 years old.

D. Ray Davis

Bible Teacher

D. Ray Davis serves on the IMB mobilization team in Richmond, Virginia. D. Ray and his first wife, Kim, served as missionaries from 1992 to 2005 serving southern Africa along with their three children Paul, Emily, and Trevor. D. Ray lost his wife, Kim, suddenly in February 2019. In March 2022, D. Ray married Amanda Dimperio, a colleague, who served in South America and now serves as director of globalization.

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D. Ray graduated in 1983 from the University of Georgia with a BA in management, in 2000 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an MA in missiology, and in May 2011 from Columbia International University with a DMin in leadership.

Dr. Scott

CME Presenter

Dr. Scott trained at the Medical College of Virginia and Truman East Family Medicine Residency in Kansas City, MO.  He and his family lived in South Asia from 1999-2015, providing medical care at a village mission hospital. Now in private practice near Richmond, from 2015-2021 he worked in the Family Medicine Department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has been the Area Director of the Richmond CMDA since returning to the US from S. Asia.

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He loves teaching and has received teaching awards in the Practice of Clinical Medicine program at VCU and from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He is very keen on the professional, moral, missional and spiritual formation of students.  He is active with the S. Asian refugee and immigrant population in Richmond, Virginia.   He is married to JoAnn and they have three grown sons. Dr. Scott will lead two 1 hour presentations.
1. Bioethics – Western Principlism and a needed global critique.  
2. Unexplained ascites – dx and workup in a developing world context

Dr. Linda

CME Presenter

Dr Linda serves as a full professor in the department of Pediatrics for 33 years and Director of CME at VCU. She is a graduate of Rutger’s Medical School and VCU Pediatric residency program. She served as the pediatrician for Crater health district in the Virginia Health Department for 6 years.

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Her special interests are newborn care, hyperbilirubinemia, immunizations, and international mission care. She has provided medical teaching and care in the Philippines, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, India, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. She enjoys swimming, traveling, conferences and being with friends and family.

Dr. Linda will lead two 1 hour topics on the following

1. Pediatric Review of Dermatology
2. Dealing with Pediatric Ear issues

Dr. Regina

Regina is a physician who serves in Ukraine. I moved to Ukraine from Mississippi with my parents as a 9 year old little girl. The Ukrainian people stole my heart. I married a Ukrainian, Sasha,  and we have two daughters, ages 13 and 8.

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I have always wanted to be a doctor, but at that time I knew I wanted to help those that didn’t have access to medical care in Ukraine. I was homeschooled and after graduating I entered the Odesa Medical University. I felt that the best way to serve the Ukrainian people was to go to school locally. I graduated as an OB/GYN and did my internship and residency in the hospitals in Odesa. Soon after finishing, I began working in a pro-life ministry and helping with free village clinics. My family and I continue to live and serve in Ukraine. 

Dr. Anastasia

I’m a surgeon trained in Ukraine. Volunteered as an interpreter and a doctor with BMDF medical mobile clinics in Western and Eastern Ukraine for few years during my residency. I served as a surgeon in mission hospital in Northern Ghana for 2 years. I realized that my desire is to serve in underserved areas. So, I plan to get more surgical and mission training and then continue with long-term missions.

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As the war in Ukraine started I’ve been working on getting medical and non-medical help to Ukraine, mainly, for the frontline hospitals and militaries. My older brother serves as military doctor in the hottest spots of the frontline, so part of the ministry was focused on covering needs for his squad. God had opened many opportunities through this year to cover many needs and reach many people both military and civilians and He is continuing to do so.

Dr. Tom

Dr. Tom and his wife have served on the field in the Asia Pacific Rim since 1996.  As physicians they have been involved in most every type of health strategy used in Asia Pacific Rim from the beginning. As foreign workers interested in Muslim peoples, they have worked among several Muslim people groups during their entire period of service.

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Dr. Tom currently serves as the Associate for Field Health Strategies at the International Mission Board. In this role he assists field teams in the development and resourcing of mercy ministries that would be strategic in their overall strategy plan to reach the lost.

Dr. Anita

Dr. Anita is the Director of Medical Services for the International Mission Board and a former IMB missionary to both the Pacific Rim and North Africa and the Middle East.

Dr. Charles

Dr. Charles and his wife are former IMB missionaries having retired after serving in the Pacific Rim area. Charles is a pharmacist and is also engage in several education projects with different overseas influences.

And several other speakers telling of their
recent experiences overseas.



April 27, 2023

11:00 A.M.  Registration opens for CME

1:00 P.M.  CME 1st Hour Dr. Scott
Bio-ethics: Western Principlism and a needed Global Critique

2:00 P.M.  Break

2:15 P.M.  CME 2nd Hour Dr. Scott
Unexplained Ascites:  Diagnosis and workup in a Developing world context

3:15 P.M.  Break

4:00 P.M.  Tour of ILC: Meet outside at Globe.  (if raining, meet in Lobby in front of James Auditorium)

5:00 P.M.  Dinner  (Cafeteria)

6:30 P.M.  CME  3rd Hours Dr. Linda
Pediatric Review of Dermatology

7:45 p.m.  Break

8:00 p.m.  CME 4th hour Dr. Linda
Dealing with Pediatric Ear issues

9:00 p.m.  Break and Fellowship

The activities above have been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) through the joint providership of Institute for International Medicine and Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship (BMDF).

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April 28, 2023

7:00 A.M.  Breakfast (Cafeteria)

8:00 A.M.  Board of Directors Meeting/Leisure time

10:00 A.M.  Break

10:15 A.M.  Welcome/Introductions/General Announcements

10:30 A.M.  Worship (guest musicians), Bible Study by D. Ray Davis

11:30 A.M.  Lunch

12:00 P.M.  Head for Downtown offices (can leave as late as 12:15 p.m.)

1:00 P.M.  Welcome by Dr. Paul Chitwood  (IMB Chapel)

1:45 P.M.  Report from Send Relief , Jason Cox, International Send Relief V.P.

2:30 P.M.  Break

2:45 P.M.  Tour Downtown Office

4:00 P.M.  Depart Downtown office for ILC

5:00 P.M.  Supper (Cafeteria)

6:30 P.M.  Worship Songs, M Testimony Dr. Robert, M Testimony Dr. Regina

8:00 P.M.  Announcements/Dismiss/Fellowship Time


April 29, 2023

7:00 A.M.  Breakfast (Cafeteria)

8:30 A.M.  Worship/Bible Study Guest Musicians/D. Ray Davis

9: 30 A.M.  Update report from Last Year’s Speaker (Dr. Anastasia)

10:00 A.M.  Break

10:15 A.M.  M Report Dr. Collins IMB Healthcare Provisions

10:45 A.M.  BMDF Scholarship/Grant reports by Recipients (videos)
Dr. Joel/Anna Davidson/Mission Report: Kyle Cockerham/Letters of Appreciation

11:30 A.M.  Baptist Nursing Fellowship Report

12:00 P.M.  Lunch (Cafeteria)

1:00 P.M.  M Updates  Charlie Sands/Letters of Appreciation

1:45 P.M.  Bob’s Testimony and Vision/ Q and A

2:30 P.M.  Break

3:00 P.M.  President’s Report/Business Session

Break  for Banquet when finished

6:00 P.M.  Banquet  (meal will take place in the cafeteria but will be served Buffet Style in a designated area)

7:00 P.M.  Worship Songs/Keynote
Dr. John

8:00 P.M.  Dismiss/Fellowship


Member or Spouse Registration

Register and Pay Online

Student Scholarship Registration

There are a limited number of scholarships available, given on a first come, first served basis. It is open to any healthcare student/resident who desires to attend. Each student is responsible for their transportation to the Learning Center and a background check (information can be found on the General information page of this website). BMDF will cover Conference Fees, Lodging, and Meals.