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1-29-15 Randy Griffin Appointed to Direct Lake Union Adventist Community Health Initiative Department
Lake Union president Don Livesay said, "During the past 35 years as youth director, conference executive secretary and president, I've directly hired over 550 individuals. I believe Dr. Randy Griffin is one of the most God-led hires to date.
"Last May, several presidents of our conferences expressed their interest to reach into Lake Union communities with medical resources. We have explored and prayed for a key leader to take on this vision. Dr. Griffin comes from a ministry family, has successfully practiced dentistry, is accomplished in managing large events, and has a vision for this important new ministry. I am grateful beyond words to see the way God has led Randy and his wife, Kathy, to join our Lake Union ministry team."
Griffin began full-time employment as director of the Lake Union Adventist Community Health Initiative on Jan. 15. He will identify healthcare professionals who can triage and provide diagnostic and referral services, assist in training and guiding organizational structure for local leadership teams, facilitate licensing and insurance options to indemnify healthcare professionals at organized events, build a database of healthcare professionals within and beyond the Lake Union to bring leadership and medical/dental services to local community programs, determine locations for health events, and identify healthcare institutions willing to partner in population health initiatives.
Griffin was a pastor's kid whose parents served as missionaries in Brazil and Uruguay before returning to the States to pastorates in Texas and Arkansas. Griffin earned a bachelor of arts in biology at Southwestern Adventist University in 1990 and, in 1994, earned the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry.
He practiced dentistry from 1994–2012, and opened a private practice in 1996, in which he managed all aspects of the business. In addition to servicing fee-for-service patients, Griffin also provided dental services for lower income/needy
patients for a reduced rate or charged no fees. Since 2011, Griffin also has volunteered as a consulting dentist at Hope Clinic in Cicero, a clinic for low-income individuals, and has been instrumental in the coordination of dental volunteers and supplies.
From January 2013 through November 2014, Griffin served as nighttime program director for the Forever Faithful International Pathfinder Camporee, held August 12–17, 2014, in Oshkosh, Wis. Approximately 47,000 Pathfinders attended the event.
Since 2003, Griffin also has participated in various overseas mission trips, including destinations such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, Nepal, St. Lucia, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania, Ecuador and Fiji. He donated his dental services and supplies on many of these trips, and also participated in evangelism initiatives. Griffin co-presented a nightly evangelistic series in Pradesh, India, in 2006.
Griffin and his wife Kathy (Brewer) Griffin have been married 25 years. They are fully engaged in the mission of their local church and beyond. Kathy is an English teacher and director of development and recruiting at Indiana Academy in Cicero.
"I am delighted to be asked to spearhead the Adventist Community Health Initiative for the Lake Union Conference," Griffin said. "I look forward to helping coordinate, with conferences and local churches, how to better share the health message in our territory. After the events, we will explore ways to stay connected with individuals we have serviced to minister additionally to their spiritual needs."
For more information about the Lake Union Adventist Community Health Initiative, email Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lake Union Conference, headquartered in Berrien Springs, Mich., supports the ministries of the Illinois, Indiana, Lake Region, Michigan and Wisconsin conferences.