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 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 2017 Board of Directors

Carol DeSchepper, Chair
  Lake Park, IO (Region 3)
Pastor Sylvia
Pastor Sylvia from Namibia with Board Member Ruth Manchester, Silver Spring, MD (Region 8)
Marilee TollefsonMarilee 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)

  June Sand               Karen Setzer       Marilyn Johnson
      June Sand, Treasurer                 Karen  Setzer                 Marilyn Johnson
   St. Paul, MN (Region 3)                  Golden, CO (Region 2)   Vancouver, WA (Region 1)
Cindy Harris
Cindy Harris
Tucson, AZ (Region 2)

National Board of Directors Yearly Goals

2017 Goals

  1. Seek opportunities to publicize the value and experiences of Faith Community Nurses throughout the ELCA and nursing publications.
  2. Expand the website to include appropriate resources and links to national websites plus links between various ELCA websites.
  3. Increase ELPNA Membership by 10% over that of 2016 (12 new members).
  4. Recruit board members for Region 7 and all regions that currently have only one representative on the board.
  5. Explore the feasibility of replicating the Region 3 scholarship program in other regions and/or explore positive uses of regional funds in each region.
  6. Evaluate the format and use of the ELPNA brochure to more effectively use the brochure and allow for adding contact information for regional reps or others.

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017

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.

ANCC Credentialing Endorsement

ANCC Credentialing for Faith Community Nurses

The ELPNA endorses the credentialing of Parish/Faith Community Nurses through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to become board certified in the specialty practice of Faith Community Nursing through a portfolio process. 

If you are wondering why it is important to bother with certification, we encourage to read the short article in the July – September 2015 Journal of Christian Nursing,  Nursing in the Church Insights by Sharon T. Hinton, DMIN, RN, pg.145.  Among other important points, Hinton states that “certification indicates a higher degree of professional competence,  validates that we are professionals and experts at a national level, and celebrates faithfulness as servants of God and our efforts to study and learn in order to provide high-quality, wholistic, health ministry”. To subscribe to this excellent journal, go to   If you are a member of the ELPNA, you will receive a 50% discount on your subscription.  You will receive the discount code with the letter thanking you for your ELPNA membership. 

For further information about the credentialing process, go to the ANCC web site,
ANCC’s Certification Through Portfolio video:  the ANCC’s Certification Through Portfolio video tutorial is now available. Here is the link for your quick acces.  It is now live on YouTube:

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