Our Team is Growing, and We Love It!

AML is beyond privileged to have a whole team of individuals working in concert to strive towards our mission. As our opportunities to serve expand, we have been continually humbled to see new Team Members invest in the work we are doing. It is an absolute pleasure to announce the recent addition to our Board, Dr. Lionel van der Westhuizen!

What's that? You'd like to get to know Lionel a bit more? Sure thing:

Dr. Lionel van der Westhuizen is a board certified general surgeon living in Boone, NC. He graduated from Covenant College and studied at the Medical College of Georgia, obtaining his medical degree in 2007.  He then completed his General Surgery residency and Minimally Invasive Fellowship at Greenville Health System in Greenville, SC.

Lionel was born in South Africa, and grew up as a missionary kid in Chile, South America. During his time in Chile he developed a love for the outdoors, including skiing, hiking, backpacking and climbing. These interests and skills were honed as he obtained his Eagle Scout rank. His (and his wife’s) love for the outdoors played a big role in their decision to move to Boone after he completed his training.

Lionel is active in his church as well, where he serves as an Elder and regularly helps lead worship. His goal is to be used by Christ both in his professional career and his personal life.  He served in medical missions in Honduras during his surgical residency, and he has a continuing interest in medical missions in the future. Lionel is married to his wife Stephanie, and they have three children: Elie, John, and Caleb.

Lionel brings with him a passion and measure of wisdom that is certain to increase our effectiveness in fostering and inspiring servant leadership, and we are excited to have him.