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.

Goals for 2021

Meet our National Board of Directors

Click here for the list of our 2021 Board of Directors

Carol DeSchepper, Chair
Lake Park, IA (Region 5)
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 Knapp
Chicago, IL (Region 5)

Marilyn Kranich
Ft. Myers, FL (Region  9) 
June Sand
St. Paul, MN (Region 3) 
Deboral F.
Deborah Frusciano
Surprise, AZ (Region 2) 
Mary Ann Mette
Mary Ann Mette
Cincinnati, OH  (Region 6)
Anity Huntley
Anita Huntley
Snohomish, WA (Region 1)

Deloris Bills
Columbus, OH  (Region 6)  

Lu Kimpel
Austin, TX (Region 4)

Marie Wiegert
Minneapolis, MN (Region 3)

Sue Ann Glusenkamp
Denver, CO (Region 2)

Vicki Carlson
Southport, NC (Region 9)
Barb Keil
Barb Keil
Topeka, KS  (Region 4)
Norah Bertschy
Norah Bertschy
Cincinnati, OH (Region 6)


Consider Becoming a Regional Director

 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. 

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Previous minutes can be found in the Archives

November 2020  Annual Membership Meeting

No meeting in December

January 2021

February 2021

March minutes will be approved at the April 28 Board meeting

National By Laws Approved

Click here for the 2020 update to the Bylaws

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 Here
Send the filled-out membership form and dues to: ELPNA, PO Box 8117, St Paul, MN 55108. And while you are online, have a look at this websit

Updated 3/21