Health Ministries Network (HMN) is an interfaith non-profit that initiates, develops and supports health ministry in northwest Washington. 


HMN offers:

  • Training and certification for new faith community nurses and health ministers;

  • Continuing education for health care professionals; 

  • Resources to enhance health ministries; 

  • Networking and information exchange; and 

  • Connection with community and health care agencies.

Our Philosophy


The HMN philosophy emphasizes mind, body and spirit holistic health while respecting the principles of faith held by those we serve.

Our Focus

HMN assists and empowers people in our congregations to take charge of their health, especially those with limited access to healthcare services. In particular, we serve the elderly, children, families with limited resources and those with disabilities. Our ministries encompass all denominations, nationalities, races, creeds, lifestyles, color, gender and ages.


Faith community nurses and health ministers work in partnership with churches, hospitals, social service agencies and the community. We are:

  • Health educators promoting wellness; 

  • Health counselors advocating personal responsibility; 

  • Teachers and coordinators of volunteers; 

  • Referral agents and liaisons with community resources; 

  • Integrators of faith and health; 

  • Developers of support groups; and 

  • Health advocates.

What is a Faith Community (or Parish) Nurse?

Faith community nurses (FCNs) are professional, registered nurses with an active Washington State license who serve clients in congregations and in the community at no cost to clients. FCNs are recognized by the American Nurses Association as nursing care specialists with a particular focus on the intentional care of the spirit. They promote disease prevention and holistic healing. FCNs have specialized skill in managing hospital to home transition.

What is a Health Minister?


Health ministers (HMs) are persons of faith who volunteer to work in collaboration with the faith community nurses, pastoral staff, or agencies to create comprehensive health programs that target health needs within a faith or community group.​

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800 E. Chestnut St., Ste 1A

Bellingham, WA 98225


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Health Ministries Network (HMN) is a non-profit in Bellingham, WA affiliated with the Chuckanut Health Foundation.