Parish Nurse Ministry

The Parish Nurse Ministry: Duties of the District Representative


  • Principal function – Support and promote Christ-centered health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit through congregational health ministry of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
  • Principal responsibilities – Promote the parish nurse ministry, provide resources and consultation to pastors, congregations, and nurses who desire a health ministry program, and interface with District officials.



Qualifications to Be a Parish Nurse


  • Registered nurse in the state of Kansas
  • A member of the congregation he/she is serving
  • A person of spiritual maturity
  • Ability to work as a team member with the pastor and other staff members
  • Knowledge of how the congregation works
  • Commitment to wellness of the whole person
  • Management and supervisory skills
  • Experience as an educator



Helpful Resources


If you do not have internet access and would like information, please contact Mary Hume, Parish Nurse District Representative.

  • On the synodical level, go to for information on the Congregational Health Ministry/Parish Nursing Manual, Health Fairs, and the Parish Nurse Newsletter by Karen Hardecopf and Marcy Schnorr.
  • Bible studies and a devotion appear monthly at:

Kansas Parish Nurse Newsletter (2021-2024)

Summer 2024

Spring 2024

Winter Quarter 2023-2024

Fall Quarter 2023 

Summer Quarter 2023

Spring Quarter 2023

Winter Quarter 2022-2023

Fall Quarter 2022

Summer Quarter 2022

Spring Quarter 2022

Winter Quarter 2022

Fall Quarter 2021



History of Parish Nursing in the Kansas District


1993 First Parish Nurse program in Kansas. Connie Scheffer began a program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Salina.
1996 Connie Scheffer spoke at the LWML Spring Rallies, encouraging parish nursing programs in each congregation.
1997 District President Howard Patton appointed Connie Scheffer to develop a task force for the Kansas District, under the leadership and guidance of the Board of Caring Ministry. She also was the first District Representative for Kansas.
1998 The first meeting of the task force with Connie Scheffer, Marlene Kohlmeier of Ascension, Wichita, Gretchen Quenstedt–Moe of St. Luke, Leavenworth, and Margaret Anschutz of Faith, Topeka.
1999 The task force met with interested nurses at Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka.
2003 A four-day intensive parish nurse workshop was held at Trinity, Salina, with 43 nurses from Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma attending. Carol Luders-Bolwerk, Professor in the Nursing Department at Concordia University Wisconsin and a leader in parish nursing, led the workshop.
2004 Connie Scheffer resigned as District Representative due to family illness. Mary Hume assumed the position.

Parish Nurse Coordinator

Mary Hume
Parish Nurse District Representative