Personal: Dr. Havener was born in Iowa City, IA and raised in West Union, IA as the oldest of 3 children. He married Janine Hemphill in July 1983. They have 3 adult children.
Work History: Dr. Havener worked part-time as a physician in emergency rooms in Sioux Falls, SD and in Waterloo and Knoxville, IA from 1985-1992 while he and his wife were missionaries with The Navigators and served in the campus ministry at Iowa State University and University of Iowa. After completing his Family Practice residency in Iowa City, he moved his young family to Texas in 1994 to open FHCM clinic with Dr. Johnson. His wife is the office manager at Family Health Center of Mission.
Community/Church/Professional Involvements: Dr. Havener attends Calvary Baptist in McAllen where he is involved in Global & Local Missions. He served on the Board for Mission Regional Medical Center. He also volunteers at Hope Medical Center.
Why did you decide to become a doctor? Why did you move to Mission, TX?
"I decided to become a doctor as a way to help people. My desire to serve God in missions also began in high school when I first placed my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior. Short-term mission trips took me to Yugoslavia, Mexico, Romania and the inner city of Chicago. Dr. Johnson and I realized our mutual heart & desire to serve the poor through medicine during our training together at U of Iowa. We decided to move together to Mission, TX and start a clinic as well as volunteer in Mexico regularly."
Dr. Havener serves along/across the border of Mexico as well as in Kenya, Africa on regular basis.