About Us - Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association

ABOUT US        

  • The Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) is a nonprofit, 501c3 membership organization.  It is comprised of registered nurses who are parish nurses affiliated with an ELCA/ Lutheran congregation or as an ELCA/Lutheran congregational member serving another denomination.
  • The national ELPNA organization consists of up to three directors from each of the 9 ELCA regions. An election is held by the membership every fall.
  • On December 21, 2020, the Region 3 Board of Directors voted to dissolve the Region 3 Board and function with 3 Representatives to the National Board. 
  • Because the Lutheran tradition has used the term Parish Nurse more extensively, for now we are continuing to use this term, while recognizing that the term Faith Community Nurse is becoming more widely used.  We will use both Parish Nurse and Faith Community Nurse interchangeably in this web-site.

To provide leadership in fostering the spiritual growth and development of Parish Nurses, promote the expansion of this ministry into more congregations, and strengthen the Parish Nurse presence within the Synods.


  • Develop and provide education for parish nurses rooted in an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America theological perspective;
  • Create and promote structures that equip ELCA or Lutheran parish nurses through communication, cooperation, and collaboration;
  • Develop a support system for new and established ELCA or Lutheran parish nurse programs; and
  • Assure a viable, sustainable, recognized organization within Lutheran systems.

Membership Dues:

Membership in the ELPNA is currently defined by participation and meeting the following criteria:

  • Completed a Parish Nurse foundation course;
  • Pay annual dues;
  • Be in active practice, either paid or unpaid, in an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation; or
  • Have membership in the ELCA, or other Lutheran congregation, or
  • Be retired from parish nursing in an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation or
  • Have a position which coordinates, educates or supports ELCA parish nurses or other Lutheran parish nurses.

Annual dues of $40.00 for one year, $60:00 for two years, and $300 for a lifetime membership are for the calendar year of January 1-December 31. 
To Join:
Download and print out the Membership Form  http://elpna.org/join/
Send the filled-out membership form and dues to: ELPNA, PO Box 8117, St Paul, MN 55108
Please Note:
Whether you are a paid or unpaid Parish Nurse, you may want to ask your congregation to support you by paying your dues to this professional organization. We have drafted a letter you can personalize and send to your pastor, parish council president, or appropriate committee.  This letter is to request that the church help in paying for the dues as a way to show support for your ministry.
Click here to download the letter.

Annual financial support is provided by member dues and gifts. All gifts are welcome.
The dues and gifts are used in part to support this web site, provide planned gatherings, and sponsor grant opportunities.  See News from the Regions for more imformation about your Region

Consider Directing your Thrivent Choice Dollars to ELPNA

The Thrivent Choice® program encourages benefit members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes an amount of its charitable grant funds. Thrivent members make this recommendation by directing Choice Dollars to nonprofit organizations, including churches and other non-profit organizations. ELPNA is a participating organization, an entity to which you can direct your choice dollars.
To be eligible to participate in Thrivent Choice, you must be a benefit member. Individual eligibility is also based on at least one of the following: * Holding a qualifying Thrivent Financial volunteer leadership position. * Having $750 or more in annual premiums of qualifying insurance products. * Having $20,000 or more in contract value of qualifying products.
If you are a Thrivent Member, please consider directing your Thrivent Choice Dollars to ELPNA.


Contact Info:
 Carol DeSchepper, Chair, National Boardof Directors, cjdeschepper@gmail.com.

Click Here to download our ELPNA Brochure. 

The Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) is anonprofit, 501c3 membership organization.  It is comprised of registered nurses who are parish nurses affiliated with an ELCA/ Lutheran congregation or as an ELCA/Lutheran congregational member serving another denomination.  Founded in 2004, with the first membership list of 65 parish nurses in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods of Minnesota. The organizational committee consisted of:  Sandy Connell, Sue Ann Glusenkamp, Carolyn Torp, Barbara Zell, Wanda Alexander, Tammy Devine, Brenda Hawkinson, Valborg Tollefsrud, Annette Langdon, Mary Nordvedt and Diane Waarivik. Bishop Craig Johnson was very supportive during this process.  In 2008 the ELPNA expanded to a National organization under the leadership of Annette Landgon.  Since then a National Board of Directors has been elected with representatives from 8 of the 9 ELCA Regions.  There is a listing of the regions on this web site and what synods they represent.  (See News from the Regions)

      The Web site was originally started in Region 3 and has now come under the management of the National Board. Each region welcomes input from ELPNA members. Check with your regional director who will help enter the desired information on the web site. 

     During the course of development this organization has worked with the ELCA Church wide office and fell under their 501c3 jurisdiction in 2010.  ELPNA is considered an independent Lutheran organization recognized by church wide in their yearbook every year.  ELPNA has worked very hard to have a presence at all the church wide gatherings since Minneapolis in 2009. The organization sets up an area by the paramedics with lounge chairs and a restful environment.  Discussion of parish nursing takes place, minor nursing care is provided and prayer is offered to all who enter the area. The organization has also been at national WELCA (Women of the ELCA) gatherings, Men in Mission conferences and National Youth Gatherings.  ELPNA is present every year at the Westberg Conference.

    Luther Seminary in St Paul, MN has provided much support to ELPNA with meeting and retreat space as well as a wealth of educational speakers.  The campus had a parish nurse that worked to help develop classes for parish nursing at the seminary level.  Although this is no longer the case, the Region 3 Board of Directors continues to meet at Luther Seminary for their board meetings. 

     Growing a national organization is a huge undertaking. ELPNA is an entirely volunteer effort.  The board welcomes input from all the Lutheran parish nurses across the country.  The main communication is through the web site and thanks to Phyllis Bruce (Minneapolis) and Mary Jo Halberg (St Paul), and the work of the National Communications Committee, it has continued to expand and grow to meet many needs.  It is hopeful that special events and gatherings of the ELPNA can be live streamed throughout the USA.

     The national ELPNA organization consists of up to three directors from each of the 9 ELCA regions.  An election is held by the membership every fall.  An executive board consists of a chairperson, a vice chairperson, a secretary, treasurer, a membership chair and a web site coordinator.  The board meets monthly by phone  via conference call to conduct business. Minutes are available on the web site. Dues for the organization are $30.  Out of this fee, $20 goes to the regional account where the member works and $10 goes to the National Treasury. 

The membership is open to Registered Nurses who have completed a Parish Nurse Preparation class and are paid/unpaid/retired parish nurse staff.  They should work with an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation or belong to a Lutheran congregation and work in a church of another denomination.

 Your membership and input is vital to our growth and presence at the ELCA gatherings.  Please consider joining us and supporting this vital network of parish nurses.  Questions and information can be directed to your regional representative or to any of the other board members.

Blessings to each of you as your ministering to so many continues to fill your hearts.

June Sand RN, BSN, FCN
Treasurer of ELPNA

 updated 4/20