Welcome to the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association!  We seek to be the light of Christ as we integrate faith and health in the ministry of parish nursing.  Here you will find information about parish nursing, tools to assist you in your ministry, as well as updates on our progress and activities. May God bless you with peace and joy!

2019 Retreat group
National Board Members from across the US enjoy meeting together
in Chicago for a retreat, September 2019

Westberg 2019
Nancy Roberts, Nancy Deetz, Andy West, and Carolyn
at our ELPNA Display, Westberg 2019



Greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA

We have an exciting opportunity for Lutheran congregations who would like to start or develop a parish nurse ministry within their faith community. Members of the ELPNA have long been supportive of new parish nurse ministry start-ups and are acutely aware of the challenging financial situations of congregations. In response to this need, the ELPNA will annually provide start-up funds for a minimum of two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $500.00 as a start-up grant.

Comments from other congregations that have a parish nursing ministry: 

Pastor Cheryl Mathison – St. Philip the Deacon

We are so grateful to have our parish nurse at St. Philip the Deacon.  Her creative energy, passion for health and deep faith help us to reach out to more people in new ways.  We are so thankful for the grant, which has helped us to meet the needs of this large faith community.

Connie A. Miller, Senior Pastor, Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Maryland

I have served here at Saint Luke for 20 years and have had an amazing Parish Nurse/Director of Caring Ministries for 18 of those years and cannot imagine being in ministry at Saint Luke without her.  What a resource, vital partner in ministry for our entire staff, and a wholistic health adviser and medical professional connection for the wider church and community. I can say first hand that Parish/Faith Community Nurses are sheer gifts from God.

If you are interested in seeking a grant, we will be posting information for future grants in 2020.

The National ELPNA Board


2020 Westberg Symposium

April 20-22, 2020

Advancing Spiritual Care Across Faith, Culture, and Geography

The Westberg Institute invites you to join us in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the 2020 Westberg Symposium at the Caring for the Human Spirit© Conference! Over the years, the Westberg Symposium has become the premier gathering and networking event for faith community nurses from across the globe. Participants develop supportive connections and gain new ideas and skills as distinguished speakers share techniques and experiences for the benefit of the professional practice. The symposium is the ideal place for FCNs, along with others, to share their experiences, latest approaches, and best practices to plan, prepare, and respond to communities and individuals. Register TODAY!

Learn more about the 2020 Westberg Symposium and find registration information


Click Here to download our Brochure!!

The ELPNA National Executive Committee
Carol DeSchepper, Chair (Region 3)  cjdeschepper@gmail.com
Marie Wiegert, Co-Chair (Region 3) mariewiegert@hotmail.com
Andrea West, Secretary (Region 2) amwestrn@yahoo.com
June Sand, Treasurer (Region 3) djsand@comcast.net




 Updated 1/20