Michael Soderling Catalyst for Health in Mission

USA

Michael Soderling (MD, MBA) is the Lausanne Senior Associate for Health in Mission.

After ten years in private practice as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in Wisconsin, USA, Mike Soderling and his family followed a calling to live and serve in Guatemala, Central America, from 2001 to 2012.

During his first three years in Guatemala, Mike became involved in multiple short-term medical mission (STMM) outreaches. Quickly, however, the severe shortcomings of the STMM model, as typically conducted in Guatemala, became obvious to him. He attended a workshop by Dr Dan Fountain in 2004 which completely transformed his understanding of health and about the role of Westerners in the Christian global health movement. Dr Fountain became a lifelong mentor to Dr Soderling until Dr Fountain’s death in 2013.

During his time in Guatemala, Dr Soderling co-founded two organizations: Transformational Health (community health/development projects, with Dr Erick Estrada) and Partnership in Women’s Ministry which runs a shelter called El Refugio for abused women. Mike also assisted in the organizational development of Light and Life School, a small primary school in the northwest mountains of Guatemala. He has served as a consultant to AGAPE, a Guatemalan charitable organization, as they transitioned from an aviation ministry to a community development ministry.

It was during those 11 years of service in Guatemala that Mike was introduced to the shortcomings and gaps in mission related to health development, in holistic and biblical understanding of health, and in helping people live healthy lives in Christ. He also saw the importance of sound biblical principles in health facilities management, and subsequently pursued an MBA in International Development.

Mike has consulted at Campbell University Medical School to assist in the development of a department of medical missions and global health. He is a member of Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission). He now leads the Center for Health in Mission (www.centerforhim.org), a global consortium of holistic health and development thinkers and practitioners based at the Venture Center in California, USA.

He is also leading the development of the Fountain School for Community and Global Health through William Carey International University and is co-founder of the Christian Journal for Global Health. Mike, along with Dr Ty Hopkins, continues to facilitate the Health, Agriculture, Culture, and Community workshop at ECHO in Florida, USA. Mike was appointed the Lausanne Senior Associate for Health in Mission in March 2015.

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