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LFCNA: Our Roots, Mission, Vision, and Leadership

LFCNA Information

The Lutheran Faith Community Nurse Association (LFCNA) was renamed in 2022, and formally called the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA). It is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of registered nurses who are affiliated with an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) or other Lutheran congregation. LFCNA was founded in 2004, with the first membership list including 65 nurses in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods of Minnesota. LFCNA is now a national organization, with membership open to Registered Nurses who have completed a Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse preparation course and are paid/unpaid/retired staff with an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation.

The Mission of LFCNA is:

To provide leadership in fostering the spiritual growth and development of Faith Community Nurses, promote the expansion of this ministry into more congregations, and strengthen the Parish Nurse presence within the Synods.

The Vision of LFCNA is: 

To promote a culture of health, healing and wholeness in LFCNA and other Lutheran congregations, agencies and communities.

GOALS: The goals of this organization shall be (excerpted from the LFCNA Bylaws):

  1. Develop and provide education for faith community nurses rooted in an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America theological perspective;
  2. Create and promote structures that equip ELCA or other faith community nurses through communication, cooperation, and collaboration;
  3. Develop a support system for new and established ELCA or other Lutheran  parish nurse  ministries; and
  4.  Seek to provide a viable, sustainable, recognized organization within Lutheran denominations.

Core Values – LFCNA 2024

Guided by God and Christian beliefs LFCNA embraces these core organizational values:

1.      Stewardship for sustainability

      • God’s uniting presence in us and those we serve
      •  Stewardship of resources individually and as an organization

2.      Presence/compassion

      • Make God’s redemptive love known
      • Honoring God’s presence in us and those we serve
      • God is the cure-giver; we are the caregiver

3.      Excellence in Professional Practice

      • Lifelong learning/Education
      • Fostering mutual support and care of others

4.      Collaboration

      • Networking
      • Mentoring
      • Engagement

5.      Transparency

      • Honesty and integrity


Executive Director

Carol DeSchepper
Region 5
Lake Park, IA

LFCNA National Board Members


Lucina (Lu) Kimpel
Region 4
Peace Lutheran Church
Austin, TX


Marie Wiegert
Region 3
Central Lutheran Church
Minneapolis, MN


Vicki J. Carlson
Region 9
Saint Peter Lutheran Church
Southport, NC


Renee Compo
Region 3
Spirit of Christ Community Lutheran Church
St. Louis Park, MN

Regional Directors

Region 1

Anita Huntley
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Snohomish, WA

Region 2

Deborah Frusciano
Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church
Surprise, AZ

Janet Mortinsen
Bethany Lutheran Church
Cherry Hills Village, CO

Region 3

Phyllis Bruce
Restoration Anglican Church
Minneapolis, MN

Ellen Ellickson
St John's Lutheran Church
Northfield, MN

Region 4

Carolyn Crowe
Christ Lutheran Church of Webster Groves
St. Louis, MO

Barb Keil
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Topeka, KS

Region 5

Michelle Knapp
Ebenezer Lutheran
Chicago, IL

                Region 6

Norah Bertschy
Trinity Lutheran Church
Cincinnati, OH

Mary Ann Mette
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Cincinnati, OH

Region 7

Enid Rank
Center Valley, PA
Chris Lutheran Hellertown

Region 8

Marilee Tollefson
The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew
Silver Spring, MD

Ruth G. Manchester
Saint Luke Lutheran Church
Silver Spring, MD

                 Region 9

Nancy Roberts
Christ Lutheran Church
Cape Coral, FL

Last updated: 01/25/2024

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St. Louis Park, MN 55426

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