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Region 4 includes:

Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, Nebraska Synod, Central States Synod, Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod, Southwestern Texas Synod, and Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synods

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Carolyn Crowe
St. Louis, MO

Lucina (Lu) Kimpel
Austin, TX

Barb Keil
Topeka, KS

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Carolyn was born in the tiny hamlet of Odell, Nebraska (about 70 miles south of Lincoln), and spent her childhood on the family's general farm in northern Kansas. She and her five younger siblings were expected to help with the usual farming chores and large garden, and the family was actively involved with the local 4-H club. Carolyn attended Valparaiso University, then Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. Various nursing positions have included clinical instructor in labor and delivery, in-service coordinator, and pediatric nurse practitioner in the evaluation center for the Special School District of St. Louis County. While pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Webster University, Carolyn was introduced to the specialty of parish nursing, and has served Christ Lutheran in that position for many years.

Carolyn has been actively involved with the Common Sense Gun Solutions committee of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, and the Mitrata Foundation for Children in Nepal. She and husband Bob have two children, Emily and Andy, and three grandchildren: Ellie, Audrey and Atlas. They love opera, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and travel


Currently Lu is Associate Professor of Nursing at Concordia University Texas (LCMS) and does parish nursing for Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Austin to keep her in practice. She has graduate degrees in health sciences and in nursing and completed her PhD in educational leadership in 2010. She has been teaching for the last 17 years. Prior to teaching, she started her nursing career as an oncology nurse, and eventually moved into other areas:  community heath (senior health programming), occupational/employee health, quality management/safety, chemical dependency, and HIPAA compliance for hospice. 


Born in Garnett, Kansas and have lived the majority of my life in Topeka. I obtained BSN (88) and MSN(08) from Ft. Hays State University in Hays Kansas.  I worked for Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center for 29 years. During my years at the VA I worked in Med-Surg, Ambulatory & Outpatient clinics, and Quality Management. While working in Quality management I functioned over time as Patient-Transfer Coordinator, MRSA coordinator, utilization review, and as Infection Preventionist for VA facilities in Topeka and Leavenworth Kansas.

In 1990 I received a direct commission into the Army Reserves. I served in various capacities for the 410th Evacuation Hospital and the 4204th U.S. Army Hospital, both located in Topeka. I deployed with the 410th in 1990-91 to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.  In 2001 I was mobilized for duty with other 4204th Soldiers for a yearlong deployment to Wurzburg, Germany to work in the MEDDAC as a Med-Surg nurse. Upon return I served as the Chief Nurse for the 4204th.

In 2013 I assumed Command of the 7246th MSU Det.9 located in Elkhorn, Nebraska during the unit’s yearlong mobilization at the Soldier Readiness and Resilience Center at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

I retired from the Army Reserves in 2015 and the VA in 2018. I live with my husband, Mike, and our cats in Topeka. My current interests include quilting (still a beginner), Parish Nursing, home improvements, and assisting Mike out in the garden. We are members of Our Saviors Lutheran in Topeka.

Texas Health Ministries Network

The Texas Health Ministries Network (THMN) is a group of Faith Community nurses, clergy, social workers, health administrators, and educators from Texas. The group provides networking to promote health education and access to resources, provides education to these professionals, and maintains a database of health ministers in Texas. The Department of State Health Services provides THMN with a site for sharing of resources and a calendar of events. You can access this site at: THMN Resources

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Last updated: 11/30/21

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