Dr. Bryan Myers’ Calling Beyond Medicine.

by | Oct 2023

DR. BRYAN MYERS learned early on the true meaning of community and service. Raised in a Christian home emphasizing love and caring for others, Myers’ journey from a tight-knit neighborhood to the mission fields of Africa and back again is nothing short of inspiring. As we embark on this profound journey, we delve into the remarkable life of Dr. Bryan Myers, a man whose calling goes far beyond medicine.

A calling to serve: A journey to Kenya

Myers’ life mission began to take shape during his formative years, where he spent his childhood actively involved in Boy Scouts, the Key Club, 4-H, and his local church. This passion for serving others grew with time, and soon, Myers felt a divine call to missionary medicine. Armed with a degree from the University of Tennessee Martin, he pursued his medical dream, eventually becoming an OB-GYN specialist.

“My first degree was in animal science, biotechnology, but I was walking to an animal science class, and I heard the voice of God just lay it on my heart to go into missionary medicine,” he said. 

He was accepted into medical school on his first attempt, and after being exposed to obstetrics and women’s health, he said he quickly “fell in love with it.”

In 2001, Myers embarked on a life-changing journey to Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. This trip marked the beginning of a love affair with the hospital’s mission of Christian discipleship and healthcare teaching. It was here that Myers found his true calling — not just to heal bodies but to heal souls as well.

Photographed by Brooke Snyder.

Pioneering change in missionary medicine

Never one to rest on his achievements, Myers became part of a task force that established an OB-GYN residency program at Tenwek Hospital — the first on the African continent. This visionary move opened doors to countless aspiring OB-GYN professionals, empowering them to serve in their communities and make a significant impact.

Blessing lives at home and abroad: Balancing ministry and medicine

While Kenya held a special place in Myers’ heart, he also found his mission field in Southern Middle Tennessee. 

After returning to the States in 2006 with his wife, Jane, he reflected upon his time in Kenya and how he felt a deep sense of belonging there. His prayers for a return to the mission field were met with an unexpected response.

“I heard the gentle whisper of God tell me that He had placed me in my mission field of Southern Middle Tennessee.”

Myers has a personal connection to his private practice, the Amani Women’s Health Center, which translates to “peace” in Swahili. Together with his committed team of professionals, including three exceptional practitioners — Melody Harrison, Saharra Jewell, and Mary Beth McClain — Myers tirelessly serves the communities of Winchester, Manchester, and Tullahoma. They strive to incorporate God’s love and compassion into every aspect of their practice. Myers prioritizes not only medical care but also emotional support for his patients.

Beyond his medical endeavors, Myers’ ministry also expands to embrace nonprofit work. Co-founding Life Choices Pregnancy Center, leading the Franklin County One Day Community Outreach, and serving at Blue Monarch — a Christian rehabilitation center — are just a few things that reflect his deep commitment to holistic care and uplifting those in need.

Photographed by Brooke Snyder.

A calling without borders: Bridging healthcare disparities 

Myers advocates for moral and ethical issues in medicine through his work with the American Academy of Medical Ethics and missions to Ethiopia. His goal remains to promote equality, empower patients through education, and raise awareness against the devastating industry of sex trafficking. 

“I hope that more healthcare professionals realize the importance of bringing equality to the healthcare system. Minority groups often do not receive the same level of care, but that is true in every country. I hope we can work to break down these discrepancies,” he said. 

The journey continues: A future fueled by faith 

With unwavering faith, Myers hopes to continue serving in many roles and capacities. He aspires to see Amani Women’s Health Center reach new heights in better serving the community. In this heartfelt journey of service and faith, Myers remains God’s vessel, ever willing to say “yes” to whatever divine calling lies ahead. 

Myers’ dedication to service includes the active involvement of his wife, Jane, and their two sons, Wil and Brayden. 

He remarked, “It’s a great honor and privilege to serve the women and children of our area: Coffee County, Franklin County, and the surrounding counties. This is my home, but the world is my place to serve. Whether it’s local, statewide, or internationally, I’m here to go wherever God leads me.” GN 

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