Raising the Dead:
A Doctor Encounters the Supernatural
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
MIAMI, FL(ANS) The audience of 120 doctors from 50 countries sat in
stunned silence as a renowned heart doctor produced evidence of how, after he had prayed for a patient who had died and was
being prepared for the morgue, was brought back to life after prayer.
Dr. Crandall making his dramatic presentation on Friday, July 13th, 2007, at the 4th Annual World Christian Doctors
Network Conference in Miami, Florida
Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall IV, who serves at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular
Clinic in Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Crandall making his dramatic presentation on Friday, July 13th, 2007, at the 4th Annual
World Christian Doctors Network Conference in Miami, Florida.
He produced dramatic evidence that was shown on the screen and told of that day on October 20, 2006 when a middle-aged
auto mechanic, Jeff Markin, walked into the Emergency Room at the Palm Beach Gardens Hospital and collapsed from a massive
Forty minutes later he was declared dead. After filling out his final report, the supervising cardiologist, Dr. Chauncey
Crandall, started out of the room.
Dr. Crandall, the doctor who operates in cowboy boots
In a later interview Dr. Crandall explained, �Before
I crossed its threshold, however, I sensed God was telling me to turn around and pray for that dead patient.
Crandall had learned to follow that impulse even if he was embarrassed. Father God, he said, under his breath, I cry
out for this man's soul. If he does not know you as his Lord and Savior, raise him from the dead now, in Jesus' name.
With that prayer and Dr. Crandall's instruction to give the man what seemed one more useless shock from the defibrillator,
Jeff Markin came back to life and remains alive and well today.
Now Dr. Crandall is writing a book on his incredible experiences called Raising the Dead: A Doctor Encounters the Supernatural
which will be published by Faith Works Publishing based in Houston, Texas.
In Dr. Crandall's practice he has become a doctor who prays with his patients, and he has seen many miraculous healings�even
others raised from the dead. He's known by his patients and by a national reputation for treating people with the best of
medicine and the best of Jesus.
But how did a Yale-educated cardiologist whose Palm Beach practice includes some of the most powerful people in American
society, including several billionaires, come to believe in supernatural healing? How as a scientist can Dr. Crandall embrace
God's power to intervene in the natural order? And why does this doctor freely acknowledge that faith does not compel God
to work wonders, even though God desires that everyone ultimately be healed?
The answers to these questions compose a story and a spiritual journey that transformed Chauncey Crandall from a self-satisfied
Christian into a radicalized warrior for God against the evil of disease. He began pursuing answers to these questions with
everything he had when late at night in June 2000 Dr. Crandall received a value alert phone call from the hospital's lab concerning
one of his patients. His patient had a white blood cell count of over 80,000. The doctor's immediate thought was, Whoever
he is, he's dead he has leukemia.
Dr. Crandall, I'm sorry to tell you this, the nurse on the phone said, but it's your son, Chad. We've already run the
results a number of times to make sure.
Chad was eleven years-old a flaxen-haired tennis enthusiast, with blue-eyes, freckles and a mischievous grin. He was
the fraternal twin of his brother Christian. Christian was the natural leader; Chad the shy charmer, the one everyone wanted
to be around once they came to know him. How could Dr. Crandall's precious son Chad be dying?
Once Dr. Crandall understood that Chad was suffering from a life-threatening illness, he cried out to God for every spiritual
gift God would give him. He came to believe that Christ's healing power was not only for the people of his day but ours as
well. He was surprised to find that few other Christians shared this faith, many believing that God stopped performing miracles
during the apostolic age. Belief in healing through prayer was far more common, though, among missionaries. So Dr. Crandall
began taking journeys to such places as remote Indian villages in Mexico where he witnessed many healings through prayer.
This built-up his own faith and taught him how to pray effectively for his son.
Dr. Crandall also made certain that Chad received the best conventional medical care possible, visiting Dana Farber Hospital
at Harvard, Duke Children's Hospital, and finally The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Oregon, where Dr. Brian Druker informed
the Crandalls of a miracle drug that might soon be on the market, Gleevec. Partially as the result of Dr. Crandall's advocacy,
which included persuading President Bush to write a letter on Chad's behalf, Gleevec was fast-tracked by the FDA. After a
year of keeping Chad alive with prayer and lesser drugs, Gleevec reduced his counts to normal within 4 days.
But Chad's journey through illness was not over. Three years later his leukemia was back and had metastasized into other
strains that produced tumors. In the fall of 2004 Dr. Chauncey Crandall and his wife Deb lost their son.
At Chad's deathbed, Dr. Crandall felt he must decide, right then and there, whether to abandon Christianity completely
or commit himself unreservedly to God's service. Before he left Chad's hospital room, he committed the rest of his life to
going wherever God led and doing whatever He asked of him. But Dr. Crandall made one demand: In exchange for Chad's life,
Lord, he prayed, let me win 1 million souls to you.
Dr. Crandall had wanted every gift God could give him, but the gift God gave Dr. Crandall then was one few Christians
want Christ's cross. By joining his grief to Christ's sacrifice, his passion, and filling out the sufferings of Christ, as
the Apostle Paul felt privileged to do, Dr. Crandall came to know in a far greater measure Christ's resurrection power.
Much of charismatic and Pentecostal teaching implies that faith compels God to act according to our desires. Dr. Crandall
found that God uses miracles as signs of the world's ultimate restoration�the defeat of every evil, including death.
And at times we are the instruments God uses to produce such signs. At other times we are warriors in an epic struggle with
evil whose destructive effects claimed God's own son. But it is through joining Jesus Christ in this battle whatever the costs
that we participate in God's victory. Our ultimate security is to be found in radical obedience.
These truths were confirmed for Dr. Crandall when shortly after his son's death the heavens opened, as he says. Within
a matter of weeks Dr. Crandall was being invited around the globe to share his hope in Christ.
He began to see miraculous healings among the patients in his practice.
When he prayed for people at mass evangelistic meetings they were often touched by the Holy Spirit and were healed of
Dr. Crandall pictured at a Reinhard Bonnke crusade in West Africa
Dr. Crandall became the kind of Christian
who would turn around at God's prompting and pray for a man to be raised from the dead, because he had become convinced that
nothing is impossible with God. Christ's resurrection power is as available today as it was in the time of the Apostles. The
believer has God's own life within him, in the here and now, and for eternity.
As it happens, Dr. Crandall was not the only one praying for Jeff Markin the day he came back from the dead. Jeff's long-estranged
wife had been praying for many years for Jeff. His daughter, who was just arriving in the hospital's parking lot when her
father died, was praying for him as well. Dr. Crandall's prayer was but one of many that together became the means God used
to bring Jeff Markin back to life.
A life that had not been committed to Christ, as it turned out. Jeff told Dr. Crandall that when his heart stopped he
briefly visited hell�or received a vision of it. He saw himself as someone thrown away, isolated for eternity, unloved.
Once he had sufficiently recovered Dr. Crandall was privileged to lead Jeff to a saving knowledge of Christ. While Jeff still
struggles with his faith, as we all do, his life is now more and more a sign of the transformation God wants to bring about
in all of us. Jeff has progressed from a man who cared about little but pleasure to one committed to sharing God's love with
Raising the Dead shows that the work of healing, as part of Christ�s epic struggle with evil, is not only Dr.
Crandall's task and those of similarly gifted individuals; it's the task of the reader as well and of all Christ's people
as we join together in bringing about God's reign his Kingdom wherever we find ourselves.
Dr. Crandall is a member of the board of directors of Regent University and he has appeared as a guest on the 700 Club.
Dr. Crandall has a standing invitation from Pat Robertson to return as a guest on the network once his book is available.
The Fox News (Miami) broadcast resulted in over a million hits to its website.
He is now a frequent guest on the Doctor to Doctor program of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and he has an invitation
to appear on the network to promote his book when it is published. He speaks regularly throughout the year to a total annual
audience numbering in the hundreds of thousands. For more information about Dr. Crandall and media opportunities in connection
with his story, visit his website www.chaunceycrandallmd.com