I am Jason Barnhart.  Chief Resident.

barnhartI’m a very proud member of the VBMC Family Practice Residency Program. I have a wife and two children and we’re down here living the South Texas life! When I was searching for residency programs, I sought God’s Will in finding a place that would honor and glorify Him. This place was it for me and my family.

I am a Christian, first and foremost. When I thought about what kind of family medicine physician I wanted to be, finding a program that would not only teach me medicine, but would also renew my spirit, was vital. Every residency program that is ACGME-certified will teach you medicine. I wanted more than that. I wanted to serve in a place that honors the Lord and exists to exalt His name. I wanted to serve in a program that taught me that there is so much more to medicine than pushing pills and diagnosing illnesses.

As physicians, we have a profound opportunity on a daily basis to speak into people’s lives. We have an opportunity to share with others where true healing resides. I serve in a program that understands and models that truth daily. In this residency program, you will have the opportunity to pray with your patients. You will have the opportunity to pray with and for each other. You will have the opportunity to put your faith into practice by serving others throughout our community, among the poorest in the nation.

We are very much a family here and I can truly say that it’s a joy to come to work every day. I love the people with whom I work. The faculty are all graduates of the program who love the Lord and truly care deeply for each resident. The other residents are an amazing and very diverse group of physicians who are a joy to be around. The nurses and office staff make our jobs so much easier and more pleasant than they might otherwise be. If you want to serve in a place that loves and glorifies the Triune God; if you want to serve in a place where you’re encouraged to live out your faith as a physician; if you want to serve in a place where you are loved and seen as more than a cog in the wheel of healthcare, the VBMC family medicine residency program in Harlingen, TX is the place for you!

Favorite verse Isaiah 6:8  "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?'  and I said, 'Here I am.  Send me!'"


I'm Frank Escobedo.

I’m Frank Escobedo.  I was born in Mexico and moved to El Paso, Texas at the age of nine years.  I attended UT-Dallas where I met the Christians On Campus, a group of believers who really loved the Lord Jesus.  Because of them, and their shepherding, I found the real meaning of my life:  I am an earthen vessel designweb site 053ed in the image and likeness of God to be filled by the Spirit and to be joined to the Body of Christ.  I went to med school at UTHSC-San Antonio.

Why I am at Valley Baptist?  Having finished my first two years of residency, I feel super blessed to be part of this program.  The attendings care about your growth as a physician.  I can say that I’ve not only grown as a physician, but as a person, and as a believer in Jesus Christ.

I love my wife, Rachel, who also loves the Lord Jesus, and our son, Samuel, who was born last year.

My verse: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Th 5: 16-18


I'm Christie Koch.  

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I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home in Canada.  While hearing mission stories as a child, a deep desire was planted in my heart to one day serve other people groups.  Since that time, I have traveled to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Nepal.  Medicine provides an incredible opportunity to meet the needs of countless people, anytime, anywhere.

Why VBFP?  The program is dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ.  After spending a few days here as a fourth year student, I could see that the residents and faculty were living their faith life each and every day.  This is definitely a place I want to be while training as a medical missionary.


I'm Antonio Martinez.  I was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas and went to college nearby.  After attending medical school in the Midwest, I am grateful for the opportunity to return home and provide medical care for my community.web site 047

Why I chose VBFP?  Great program, great people, and close to family.  I am passionate about my faith, family and the Dallas Cowboys!

Fav verse: Jeremiah 29:11 "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future."


I'm Sumit Perakathu.  I was born in India and lived on a missionary hospital campus for six years.  I saw something special in the medical field where doctors really influence lives.  I lived near Dubai, UAE, for seven years.  We met in homes, singing softly and having prayer meetings, alternating houses, so people wouldn't know we were having Christian worship serves.  It made me appreciate the freedom of worship that we have in the U.S. or what remains of it.  I moved to the US when I was twelve years old.  My undergraduate education took me to Brownsville, TX and to Huntsville, AL, where I was immersed in different cultures.

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Why VBFP?  I fell in love with VB because I saw God actively being a part of how the clinic is run.  The residency is centered around Christ.  What we have here at VB is rare.

Fav verse: Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight."