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Mike & Chris Soderling

Staff ID: 334

Mike

Director of Health for all Nations

Mike Soderling, MD, MBA (International Development)


Dr. Soderling received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin and finished his residency in OB/GYN in Baltimore, MD in 1991. After 10 years of private practice in Wisconsin Mike and his family moved to full time cross-cultural work in Guatemala where he co-founded and continues to serve as CGO (Chief Governance Officer) for Salud que Transforma (Transformational Health, a Guatemalan C-FBO). While in Guatemala he, along with his wife Chris and several other individuals founded El Refugio shelter for abused women. Mike also worked on the organizational development of Light and Life Christian School in Salquil Grande, the Dept. of Quiche. In December of 2008 Mike earned an MBA in International Development from Hope International University.

Since returning full time to the US in 2012 Mike has served as Director of Health For All Nations. A global network of mission leaders and organizations dedicated to re-engaging the church with health and wholeness.  Health For All Nations is the parent organization of the Christian Journal of Global Health, the Best Practices in Global Health collaborative, the Outlook on the Christian Global Health Movement course and the Fountain School for Community and Global Health now under development at William Carey International University in Pasadena CA. 

Dr. Soderling is also the Catalyst for the Lausanne Health in Mission Issue Network and is passionate about excellence in governance for Christian non-profits. In addition, he is the CGO for William Carey International University.

Mike is a collaborator with the Winter Launch Lab in Pasadena, CA. The WinterLL is the innovation arm of Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission, founded by Ralph Winter). The WinterLL is using Systems Thinking/Design Thinking to understand the complex issues faced by the global Church and uses a very carefully crafted approach (based on the U Process) to coming up with innovative solutions.

Chris

I have been blessed with my adventurous husband, Mike, and have had the opportunity to live in ways I never anticipated. Meeting Mike at Elmbrook Church in 1985, we were married before the start of his 4th year of medical school in June 1986. We have lived in Baltimore, West Bend Wi, Guatemala, North Carolina and now Pasadena, CA.

I have been blessed with opportunities over the years to work in areas that speak my heart language. In Wisconsin God opened doors to host people needing housing through our church. In Guatemala I had the opportunity to be part of a team that opened “El Refugio” a shelter for abused women and their children.  We were able to start a small business with the women making jewelry and sewing aprons to make money for themselves as well as learning some positive trades. Now we are in Pasadena where I serve in the area of hospitality within the ministry of Frontier Ventures.

I have been blessed with two sons and their beautiful wives, our daughter Leah, as well a being Nana to our first grandchild, Ellie. I enjoy hiking and being in fellowship with ladies in the area.