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Paul Lorentsen, MD

CCHF Board Treasurer

Medical Director, The Neighborhood Christian Clinic, Phoenix, AZ

What part of CCHF's mission and vision excited you the most?

I became involved in CCHF as a medical student in the 80’s.  I had grown up in a Christian family and attended a church with a strong focus on international missions.  CCHF showed me the power of Christ at work in hurting communities near my home in the Chicago area.  In addition to the call to serve Christ, I was drawn to the close relationships shared by the staff serving in these health centers.

How did you become involved with CCHF? 

As I was attending Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, I was invited by a group of medical students from Northwestern in 1989 to drive from Chicago to Washington to attend my first CCHF conference, and was drawn to the passion that the CCHF community demonstrated for caring for the poor.  

Tell us about yourself...

I have been married to Kelli for 31 years.  We met in medical school, and she is a pediatrician who worked at the Pediatric ER at Maricopa Medical Center for 25 years, and is now teaching at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix.  We have three adult children, and we attend Open Door Fellowship, where we have met many people who love to worship and serve the Lord.

Three Interesting things about you are...

I’m Norwegian; we’re not very interesting people, but we like to work hard.

I do love to bicycle and hike; and I did a coast to coast bicycle ride following college.                                                                                             

 I really enjoy music, and still get asked to sing at the occasional wedding and funeral.