About Us

Hi, I’m Dr. Joyce Choe and I’m so happy you’re here and considering joining our Med Missionary Training. It’s been a long road to get here.

Med Missionary has truly been a labor of love and faith that was built from the ground up by Mercy Ballard and I in the summer of 2020 in the heat of the pandemic. After suffering with, but ultimately overcoming, our own bouts of chronic disease we wanted to start our own Christian community of like-minded people who were passionate about using natural health principles to overcome illness.

It all started as a Facebook Group and podcast and has since grown into the premier online educational platform for training future medical missionaries and online health coaches. It’s been a tremendous blessing to have graduated hundreds of students, many of whom are utilizing their Med Missionary Training to make a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Joyce Choe

Dr. Joyce is an ophthalmologist who works in the Pacific Northwest. She developed significant health issues after being prescribed a powerful fluoroquinolone antibiotic in the late 1990’s.

Dr. Joyce experienced first-hand how difficult it is to find an answer to the difficult problems that medications can cause and the amazing power of simple changes in diet and lifestyle in transforming one’s life.

She found that despite the breadth of scientific literature on subjects of diet and lifestyle, one needed to have a solid paradigm in which to interpret the literature.

Through the paradigm of her background as a Seventh day Adventist (pioneers in the health and wellness movement) she brings a Bible-based approach to the practical science of healing.

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Mercy Ballard

Mercy is the founder of Years Restored. Mercy went to medical school in Mexico and has worked as an IV infusion nurse in the US for over two decades. When Mercy developed unusual symptoms of celiac disease in 2004, she had to embark on her own search for answers. 

A Seventh day Adventist Christian, Mercy believed that the best diet would be a plant based diet as recommended in the Bible. 

However, she was confused by the recommendations of health care practitioners to adopt a paleo lifestyle. She set about to discover what was causing so many on plant based diets to continue to have chronic leaky gut issues. 

Finding significant improvement for herself, she and her husband opened the Years Restored lifestyle center and since 2013, the plant based protocol and menus used at Years Restored have helped hundreds of clients find remission and healing.

Learn more about Mercy Ballard at:

Dave Fiedler

Dave currently lives in British Columbia, Canada with his wife, Clarissa, and their daughter, Tifona. 

He has taught elementary, secondary, and collegiate classes in various Seventh-day Adventist schools. 

His books, “Hindsight: Seventh-day Adventist History in Essays and Extracts” and “D’Sozo: Reversing the Worst Evil” came from his appreciation for the lessons of Adventist denominational history, and seeks to apply those lessons for a final completion of God’s Work on Earth.

Learn more about Dave Fiedler’s presentations here:

Kalon and Danna Gesellchen

Kalon Gesellchen was born in North Dakota & raised in the small town of Goodrich, as a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist. He obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from North Dakota College of Science in Wahpeton, ND in 1983. Kalon later furthered his education at University of Mary in Bismarck, ND when he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in X-Ray Technology in 1997. Kalon rededicated his life to Jesus 2004. Along with his wife, Danna, Kalon attended medical missionary school at Centurion Ministries in Cypress Inn, TN in 2014. Kalon is an elder in the Seventh-day Adventist church and has taught Bible studies and natural remedies in small group settings along with his wife in their ministry, Closure for Jesus.

Danna Gesellchen was born at Fort Benning, Georgia and raised in Alabama. She developed an interest in the Seventh-day Adventist faith early in life after becoming friends with many of the people at Uchee Pines Institute, which is near her girlhood home. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Chattahooche Valley Community College, and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from New York State University in 1986 and 1990, respectively. Danna joined the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1988 and obtained training in medical missionary work from Uchee Pines Institute, graduating in 1993 from the Lifestyle Counselor program. She subsequently taught in the Lifestyle Educator program for three years. Danna has traveled as a teacher/speaker for Closure for Jesus ministry and frequently holds Zoom meetings and online health counseling.

Learn more about Kalon and Danna Gesellchen here: closureforjesus.com


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