John Boll, DO, FAAFP
Susquehanna Health Family Medicine Residency
Tell us about God's specific call on your life for the gospel and care for the poor.
Since a young age I felt God calling me to serve Him as a physician among the underserved. Over the years, the working out of this call has manifested itself in different ways in my life from being a volunteer medical assistant at Esperanza Health Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a family physician and medical director at Dayspring Family Health Center in Eastern Tennessee to teaching in a family medicine residency in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and serving on the board of the local community health center.
Serving among the underserved is a blessing and brings glory to our God who has generously made the gospel of salvation available to each one of us. In Matthew 25, Jesus states, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these brothers, you did it to me."
How has being involved in CCHF impacted your life?
While still in undergraduate training, I had the privilege of being introduced to CCHF. This was truly God's gift to me because I was able to use the resources of the organization - conferences, mentors, and literature - to keep me grounded in my call to work among the poor and underserved.
What is your life verse?
Philippians 2:1-11 inspires me as I strive to answer God's calling in my life. Whether at home or work, striving to look towards the interest of others to glorify God and follow the example of obedience of Christ has been a source of inspiration to me.
Tell us about your family.
My wife, Jennifer, and I are excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2015. We met while I was volunteering and she was working at Esperanza Health Center. God has blessed us with 5 children - 3 girls and 2 boys. We stay busy as a family with home schooling, music lessons, and baseball.
Name three interesting facts about yourself. (Prior experiences, special talents, hobbies, interests)
- While working at Dayspring Family Health Center in Eastern Tennessee, our family hosted a community garden on our property. This was a great opportunity to work together as community and to meet some of the food shortages which are very prevalent in underserved communities.
- I enjoy backpacking. The most recent trip was with my two oldest children on the Loyalsock Trail in Pennsylvania.
- As part of my duties at my present job, I work with the Amish community providing primary medical care. This community is underserved due to limited access to mainstream medical care from cultural and religious reasons.