Who are we?

DCF is a community of MUSC dental students committed to being the hands and feet of Jesus at school and abroad.

How do we do it?

Locally, DCF develops christian relationships among fellow students by creating spaces for rest and recreation.

Abroad, DCF partners with long-term missionaries and established nonprofits to provide dental care to under-served people.


DCF is lead by an executive team and a team of dental students without whom our ministry would not be possible. If you are a dental student and would like to learn how you can serve DCF while in dental school please contact Elijah Melendez at dentalcommunityfellowship@gmail.com

Dr Bill Sasser – Executive Director

Dr. William Sasser was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his BS in pharmacy from Samford University in 1966. He served as a U.S. Navy Pharmacy Officer for three years. In 1973, he received his DMD at the Medical University of South Carolina. After serving a residency in periodontics at the University of Alabama in 1976, he began a private practice. Dr. Sasser left a private practice of almost 30 years in 2005 to enter a “second career” focused primarily on international service. He returned to part-time private practice in 2010, but still continues to participate on multiple short-term international projects each year. Bill is a fellow in both the American and International Colleges of Dentistry. He is a member of the American and South Carolina Dental Associations, American Academy of Periodontics, and is past president of the Southern Academy of Periodontics. He is a trustee of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations and on the advisory boards of the Christian Dental Society as well as GHO. His mission is, “To use my God given talents and the education and experience which the Lord has allowed me to earn in His service of the dental and spiritual needs of those who are in want (tooth and soul).”

Email Contact: drbillsasser@gmail.com

Susalee Sasser

Susalee Sasser, or “Mama Bill” as she is known in Africa, is Dr. Bill’s partner in missions. She is retired from Delta Airlines and is an experienced world traveler. Her efforts to coordinate the packing and travel aspects of mission teams is invaluable. The Sasser’s began their international work as a team over 15 years ago. Susalee and Dr. Bill live in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and are the parents of two children and three grandchildren. She loves the Lord and is very involved in her local church and meets regularly with individuals seeking a deeper understanding of God’s plan for their lives. She is a great listener and the favorite part of her involvement in DCF is helping team members come more fully into God’s love for them and His desire for each of us to recognize our significance, love and health through Christ.

Email Contact: susalee.sasser@gmail.com

Elijah Melendez – Program Director

Elijah is originally from Tampa, Florida and has lived in Charleston since 2016. He graduated from The Citadel in 2019, and has a passion for seeing the love of Jesus transform lives.

He is married to a wonderful wife, Elizabeth Anne, is a dad to a wonderful baby boy named Judah Callum, and best friends with his German Shepherd, Freja.

Email Contact: dentalcommunityfellowship@gmail.com