Evangel Profile

Dr. Richard Honderick (’71): Award-winning Springfield family physician

July 6, 2010


Dr. Richard Honderick (’71), family practice  physician at St. John’s Clinic in Springfield, Mo., is the recipient of the Alumni  Association President’s Award for 2010.

“The purpose of the President’s Award is to  recognize alumni who have made extraordinary contributions outside of the  traditional careers that generally are recognized by the Board’s other awards,”  said Chuck Cox, director of alumni relations.

Dr. Honderick has served as Evangel’s consulting physician since 1984. He was Evangel’s team physician from 1984-1996. In addition, since 2002 he has assisted in coordinating seven of Evangel’s medical missions trips with HealthCare Ministries.

Dr. Honderick has the habit of going out of  his way to help others. Despite his busy practice, Dr. Honderick will make time  for others even when interrupted. He stays late to see extra patients at the  end of the day, and will often see students at minimal or no cost. He is a  mentor to many Evangel pre-med students and also makes a point to visit Evangel  despite other pressing events.

Dr. Honderick has been  heavily involved in medical missions trips through various organizations. Just  this spring he traveled to Haiti for disaster relief with Harvest  International. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and  has also been a member of the Standards of Care Committee at St. John’s  Regional Health Center.

In 2005, Dr. Honderick was the first person to  receive the Golden Stethoscope Award, an award given by HealthCare  Ministries to an outstanding medical person who has contributed to the ministry  of their organization. Since the late 1980s, Dr. Honderick has traveled on  about 20 outreach trips with HealthCare Ministries alone, in addition to other  organizations and trips he coordinated for Evangel Temple Christian Center.

Dr. Honderick has been a member of Evangel  Temple since 1984. He has served on the board of elders, as a Sunday school  teacher and as a capital campaign co-chair. He also enjoys participating in two  men’s Bible studies.

Dr. Honderick graduated with a B.S. in Biology from  Evangel, then went to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for his  D.O., graduating in 1975. He finished his Family Practice Residency in 1978 at  the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Dr.  Honderick and his wife, Linda (Goodrich ’70), live in Springfield. Their daughter is Elizabeth Dobberstein ’03.

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