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 2019 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 & Communications 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) 
June Sand
St. Paul, MN (Region 3)

Norma Anderson
Chesterfield, MO

Karen  Setzer
Golden, CO (Region 2)

Anita Huntly
Snohomish, WA (Region 1)       

Tammy Divine, Advisor

Deloris Bills
Columbus, OH  (Region 6)  

Lu Kimpel
Austin, TX (Region 4)   
Susan Richards          
Madison, WI (Region 5)    
    Marie Wiegert
nespolis, MN (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.                    

2019 Goals  - Updated May 2019


Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

April 2019

May 2019

June 2019 minutes will be approved at the August Board meeting.  We are not meeting in July.

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 November 14, 2018   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 2/19