Ray Martin

Ray Martin is executive director emeritus of Christian Connections for International Health, a global network promoting health and wholeness from a Christian perspective. He has 45 years of experience as an international development and public health specialist managing the design, implementation, and evaluation of large health and population programs.

This past summer, a judge in New York City ruled against three families who filed suit against the public school system, claiming their right to free exercise of religion was violated when their unvaccinated children were barred from school. In another case last year, a measles outbreak sickened unvaccinated members of a large church in Texas, drawing claims the church had discouraged vaccinations. The church later hosted vaccination clinics, and a spokesman denied the church had ever advised against vaccines. These public episodes seemingly pit immunization against faith. Yet Christians have a long history of promoting vaccines.
October 17, 2014