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Christ Community Church


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Rick Donlon grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Texas Christian University in 1986. He completed medical school at LSU-N.O., and a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In 1995 he and three medical school classmates opened Christ Community Health Services, a primary-care health center for the poor in Memphis’ most medically under-served neighborhood. Over the last 17 years, CCHS has grown to include six health centers, three dental clinics, and a family medicine residency program. Christ Community’s thirty-five full-time physicians, fifteen nurse practitioners, and six dentists provide over 125,000 patient visits and deliver 1000 babies annually. Many of Christ Community’s medical and dental providers, including Dr. Donlon, live in the underserved communities where they work. Over the last eight years CCHS has sent long-term medical missionaries to unreached people groups in Central and South Asia and the Horn of Africa. Dr. Donlon serves as Christ Community’s Associate Executive Director and the Clinical Director of HIV/AIDS Services. He and his wife Laurie and their seven children live in the Binghampton neighborhood of Memphis, where he works and serves as an elder in their house church network.