Welcome to the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association!  We seek to be the light of Christ as we integrate faith and health in the ministry of parish nursing.  Here you will find information about parish nursing, tools to assist you in your ministry, as well as updates on our progress and activities. May God bless you with peace and joy!

2019 Retreat group
National Board Members from across the US enjoy meeting together
in Chicago for a retreat, September 2019

Spring Educational Event - Register now!!

The ELPNA Education Committee is pleased to announce our next educational event.  Rev. Dr. Ed Treat from the Twin Cities will be speaking on Addiction & Mental Health Ministry in a Time of Pandemic.  It is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27 via zoom, starting at 7 pm ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, and 4 pm PT.  Additional information is on the flyer.  Click here for the flyer

The bottom portion of the attachment contains the registration form.  The registration fee is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.  The registration form provides information on where to send your registration and fee.  

You will receive the Zoom link after you register and closer to the date of the event.  

We hope many of you can join us. 

The ELPNA Education Committee

Coronavirus Information

We will be posting various links to information about the Coronavirus as they come to our attention.  Please click on this link to find all the updated information:


Sharing our Covid-19 Stories
By Marilee Tollefson
"God will generously provide all you need." II Corinthians 9:8
In these sad, lonely and frightening days of the Coronavirus, we often feel out of control. But God continues to remind us of His presence, and His Love. At church we have had to curtail our visits and deliveries to parishioners, but our call and card ministries are thriving. Donations of medical supplies and equipment are down, which is depriving many of necessary items for home care. This week, one of our members had a desperate need for a knee scooter because of a serious foot infection , preventing him from bearing weight on his foot. When he called, I said they are rarely available, and we hadn't had one in for weeks or longer. Within the hour, I received an email from someone in the community, reporting they were recovered from foot surgery, and wondered if we were in need of a knee scooter! Praise the Lord for answered prayer! 
Only the next day, we accepted a rare donation of a tub bench and a rollator, received outside the building, 6 feet distance and masks between donor and parish nurse. They were wiped down and put in storage in our medical space. Within the hour, John, a dedicated PT from the Visiting Nurses Association, called saying, " I know it's a long shot these days, but I have a needy patient in need of a tub bench and rollator. Any chance you might have even 1 of them?"
These are just tiny reminders of our need to maintain our Faith and Hope in a time when we become discouraged. In our daily prayers, we continue to ask for God's loving protection over all in the time of Covid 19.

2021 Westberg Symposium at the 
Caring for the Human Spirit© Conference
April 12-14, 2021

Join us for our 35th Anniversary!

By bringing together the expertise of professionals from diverse disciplines, the Symposium and Conference will provide attendees an environment that builds knowledge, creates interdisciplinary connections, and opens new paths for the delivery of spiritual care





Greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA)
 We have an exciting opportunity for Lutheran congregations. Members of the ELPNA have long been supportive of new parish nurse ministry start-ups and are acutely aware of the challenging financial situations of congregations. In response to this need, the ELPNA will annually provide funds for start-up or development of a new focus in an existing parish nursing ministry, for a minimum of two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $750.00 in grant funding.

 A comment from a congregation that has a parish nursing ministry: 

 Pastor Cheryl Mathison – St. Philip the Deacon

We are so grateful to have our parish nurse at St. Philip the Deacon.  Her creative energy, passion for health and deep faith help us to reach out to more people in new ways.  We are so thankful for the grant, which has helped us to meet the needs of this large faith community.

We are asking for your assistance in publicizing the information to Lutheran congregations. Grant applications are due by May 1st, 2021 via an electronic submission process. The awards will be announced within a month of the deadline with funds issued within the 30 days of approval of the grant.  Application forms are available on the ELPNA.org website.   

We are pleased to be able to award these grants to promote and support parish nurse ministry.
The ELPNA Scholarship & Grants Committee

Click here for the application form

 Download our Brochure!!
Click Here

The ELPNA National Executive Committee
Carol DeSchepper, Executive Director (Region 5)  cjdeschepper@gmail.com
Lu Kimpel, President (Region 4) Kimpel10@gmail.com
Marie Wiegert, Vice-President (Region 3) mariewiegert@hotmail.com
Vicki Carlson, Secretary (Region 9) vickid@trinity-ec.org
June Sand, Treasurer (Region 3) djsand@comcast.net

Disclaimer: The organizations listed on this website have no formal affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse association (ELPNA).  These links are offered for informational purposes only.

 Updated 3/21