About Us

A Ministry of Healing

Through the Lord all things are possible. The sick can be healed, souls can be saved, lives can be fulfilled, and it can all begin with your help. Within each one of us is the power to change hearts, minds and the world for the better. Great Commission Outreach is a partnership of believers on a global mission to spread God’s word by helping others in need. With a focus on medical outreach, we provide hope through healing, success through sacrifice, and faith through friendship to gain a better understanding of what it truly means to serve.

What We Do

When faith forward individuals band together to make a difference the world becomes a better place and, somewhere along the way, all of our lives are changed.

What began as a local endeavor to provide healthcare and stewardship to neglected individuals in the community has grown into a mission to improve the quality of life for people around the world. The Outreach focuses initially on providing primary healthcare, but through the strength and wisdom of our physician-volunteers, we will address such areas as mental health, family relationships and other social issues.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Founders

Eugene Gicheru, MD, MBA, FACEP

Dr. Eugene Gicheru is a board-certified Emergency Physician and Physician Executive. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Dr. Gicheru has an extensive background as a Physician Executive and has led several Emergency Departments through difficult transitions. He is a physician leader who believes in servant leadership and strives to build teams who believe in placing the needs of others before their own. Dr. Gicheru still works clinically as an attending Emergency Physician and is involved with leadership consulting and mentoring with several health systems. 

Dr. Gicheru and his close friend Dr. Michael Olatunji founded Great Commission Outreach with the initial intent of supporting international medical mission teams. What started as a simple venture has blossomed into a robust faith based organization that serves those in greatest need in the United States and overseas. Through a series of divine alignments and the dedication of friends, volunteers and donors, GCO has grown into an organization that truly strives to fulfill the Great Commission.

Dr. Gicheru and his wife Laura have two amazing boys, Alex and Adam who are learning the joy of serving as a family and showing the love of Christ to the world. Dr. Gicheru can be reached at EGicheru@greatcommissionoutreach.org.


Michael Olajunji, MD, FACP

Dr. Michael Olatunji is an experienced board-certified Internal Medicine Physician. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biology Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Arlington and was conferred with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed his internship and residency at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin and has held an active license from the Texas Medical Board and the American Board of Internal Medicine since 2005. Dr. Olatunji currently practices Hospitalist Medicine at several large hospitals in the Dallas area. He is very active in the hospitals he works and has served as a member of the Hospital Utilization Review Committee and is the Patient Quality and Admission Care Review Coordinator.

Dr. Olatunji is the co-founder of Great Commission Outreach which grew out of a passion for serving those in need both at home and abroad. He has gone on several mission trips to Uganda and Brazil and is very active at his home church in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Olatunji and his wife Andrea have 4 beautiful children who get to see their dad put faith in action. 


Board members

Lawrence Bean, MD, MBA, FACEP

Dr. Lawrence A. Bean is a board-certified Emergency Physician, healthcare executive, entrepreneur and leadership consultant. He has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas, attended medical school at UT Southwestern and completed an emergency medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. As a physician leader, he has had the opportunity to consult and work with multiple emergency departments, assisting the staff through difficult periods and transitions by focusing on team building, internal leadership development, employee satisfaction and process improvement. He has gained significant expertise as an entrepreneur and executive through ownership of a chain of Urgent Care Centers, an Onsite Employee Health Clinic, and is currently a partner and executive in a democratic emergency physician group. Dr. Bean has also led several large EMS agencies and assisted in development one the country’s first Fire Department based Community Health Paramedicine programs. 

In 2008 Dr. Bean began his journey into faith-based medical missions, serving with Baptist Medical Missions in the Dominican Republic. Since that time he has served on numerous missions with multiple organizations and has worked to develop Great Commission Outreach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving indigent communities both domestically and internationally. He has been blessed to share this passion for missions and work side-by-side with his wife Erinn and their children in this ministry. 

Javier R. Caldera-Nieves, MD, FACEP

Dr. Javier Caldera is a board-certified Emergency Physician and healthcare leader. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Puerto Rico and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Caldera was a clinical instructor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a Toxicology Fellow at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the North Texas Poison Center in Dallas. As a physician leader Dr. Caldera has served as the Medical Director of several emergency departments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and continues to work clinically as an emergency physician. 

Dr. Caldera has served on numerous faith based mission trips with multiple organizations and has traveled extensively to countries such as Haiti, Uganda, Ethiopia, Brazil and Guatemala. He is on the board of Great Commission Outreach and has played an integral role in developing and leading the nonprofit organization. Dr. Caldera, his wife Itza, and two daughters Sofia and Elena love to go on mission trips together to experience the joy of serving those in need. 


Betsy Dawson - Executive Director

Betsy Dawson earned her Accounting degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has been a Corporate Controller for many years in the Dallas area.  She is a member of Elevate Life Church in Frisco, Texas where she leads several servant leadership teams.   Betsy has a passion for serving and is very involved her local communities.  She is currently on the Board of Directors of Julia’s clinic, a free resource for the indigent population Plano, Texas.  

Betsy felt a calling into missions after going on her first trip to Uganda in 2012 and since that time has dedicated her life to spreading the message of healing and hope to the underserved people of the world. As Executive Director Betsy is involved in all the operations of Great Commission Outreach and Clinic for the Cities, the local division of GCO whose mission is to provide free healthcare to the most vulnerable in the communities we serve. 

Betsy and her husband Todd have served on several international mission trips together and truly find joy serving those in need. Betsy and Todd have 5 beautiful children. Betsy can be reached at Betsy.Dawson@clinic4cities.org.


Leadership

Debra Schrader - Director of Strategic Partnerships

Debra Schrader has over 10 years’ experience as a physician recruiter and business development manager.  She has worked with Medical Directors and leadership teams to determine hospital facility needs and negotiated contracts for hospitals and large practice management groups.  Debra is very passionate about helping others and knows that God has called her to be a part of the Great Commission Outreach ministry.  As Director of Strategic Partnerships, Debra is responsible for cultivating partnerships and recruiting volunteers for GCO. She loves to encourage others to join the journey because she knows that it is all about putting faith in action. Living with a greater awareness of the part we all play in the lives of others pushes her to always strive to make each moment matter. Debra believes that nothing is more important than to glorify God and to share the love of Christ to those in need. Debra has three wonderful kids and six amazing grandchildren.  Debra can be reached at debra.schrader@gmail.com.