Marty Thomson

The lifestyle medicine minister

Friday, December 10, 2021
Marty Thomson now meeting physical and spiritual needs

Lifestyle medicine is an essential skill for Pr Marty Thomson’s ministry in Kempsey. With deaths attributable to alcohol, cardiovascular disease, obesity and smoking higher than the New South Wales average, the town is “suffering under the burden of so many preventable diseases.”

A long-time advocate, Marty is now convicted of the need for a stronger emphasis on health in ministry. “As important as it is helping meet spiritual needs, I want to be better equipped to meet physical needs.”

A “providential” meeting with the creator of our Graduate Diploma in Lifestyle Medicine convinced Marty to enrol again at Avondale. “I’d been praying about it, I’d been thinking about it, and then I bumped into Darren Morton at Uluru.”

The course is bringing more confidence and credibility. Marty feels he can now journey with those who need health care and partner with others in training members of the local Seventh-day Adventist church to do the same. “I have more of a connection with health professionals because I feel there’s more of a mutual understanding. Doctors, in particular, have such incredible influence. So, pastors working with doctors is crucial.”

Starting a centre of influence could be Marty’s next move. “Gospel-centred health ministry can help people live the life God intended.”

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