Organizational Information

The Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of registered nurses who are affiliated with an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation. It was founded in 2004, with the first membership list including 65 nurses in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods of Minnesota. The membership is open to Registered Nurses who have completed a Parish/Faith Community Nurse Preparation class and are paid/unpaid/retired staff with an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation.

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.

Meet our National Board of Directors

Click here for the list of our 2018 Board of Directors

Carol DeSchepper, Chair
Lake Park, IA (Region 3)

Ruth Manchester
Silver Spring, MD (Region 8)

Carolyn Crowe
St. Louis, MO (Region 4)

Marilee Tollefson
Silver Spring MD (Region 8)

Andy West, Secretary
Centennial, Colorado (Region 2)

Phyllis Bruce, Membership Chair
Minneapolis, MN (Region 3)

Nancy Roberts
Cape Coral, FL (Region 9)

Michelle Knap
Chicago, IL (Region 5)

Marilyn Kranich
Ft. Myers, FL (Region  9) 

Tammy Devine, Advisor
Mpls, MN, Portico Benefit Services

June Sand, Treasurer
St. Paul, MN (Region 3) 

Karen  Setzer
Golden, CO (Region 2)

Marilyn Johnson
Vancouver, WA (Region 1)

Cindy Harris
Tucson, AZ (Region 2)

Nancy Deetz
Owatonna, MN (Region 3)

Deloris Bills
Columbus, OH  (Region 6)  

Lu Kimpel
Austin, TX (Region 4)

Susan Richards
Madison, WI (Region 5)    
Rose Sutkins
Quakertown, PA (Region 7)
Marie Wiegert
(Region 3)

Consider being on the National Board of Directors

Being on the National Board of Directors is a wonderful experience.  Meeting monthly via conference call with Parish Nurses from across the country gives us a chance to share information and ideas that help promote this organization.  When we meet face to face at Westberg or at our Board Retreats, we feel a special connection.  We know that together we can have a greater impact on promoting parish nursing in our Lutheran Churches, Synods, and the ELCA.  We invite any parish nurse who is interested to contact any of us, join a conference call, and get a sense of the unity we feel and how we work together.           
                 Here is the position description of a National Representative: 

                 Please click here for the the position description.                              

2018 Goals

Click here to view the 2018 goals

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Janaury 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

National By Laws Approved

National Board of Directors has the responsibility of being sure the Bylaws are current with the status of our ELPNA Organization.  We are a work in progress and have been steadily moving forward.  Originally, the By Laws were developed from the Bylaws of Region 3. As you remember, the national organization evolved from Region 3. The national organization has grown to the point where it is now time to separate the Bylaws. The national organization's Bylaws allow regions to have their own bylaws specific to the region which is reflected to the added section in Article XIII, Section 13.3. For a complete copy of the updated By Laws approved March 18, 2016 Click here.


Are you a Lutheran Parish Nurse but not a member of the ELPNA? Join today! 

To become a member or renew your membership, download and print out the
Membership Form found in the "Join us" menu.
Send the filled-out membership form and dues to: ELPNA, PO Box 8117, St Paul, MN 55118. And while you are online, have a look at this websit

Updated 5/18