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Holly Telfer and others in Foundations Course training

Class of 2023

This course is made possible by funding from the Jean Billings Tischler Education Fund, and PeaceHealth.

​​Application Period Open.

The Health Ministries Network Foundations in Health Ministry Course Application period is open!  The next course begins on September 23rd and concludes on November 18th, 2023.  The course includes optional weekly online curriculum and monthly Zoom webinars, to support instruction and introduce students to a welcoming health ministry community.


The Foundations Course is open to all religions, faiths and beliefs. Nurses and health ministers serving underserved communities are encouraged to apply for scholarships if they are serving in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan or Island Counties. Students are also encouraged to ask their faith community to consider supporting their course tuition.

Please see course The cost of the course is $375.  

Health equity scholarships are available to offer financial support to expand access to healthcare, to serve underserved or underrepresented communities across our region and to love people well!  Please see our pages on training and the health equity scholarship for more information. 


Please follow instructions for the application on the above flyer from Pacific Lutheran University.  

Please also feel free to contact the director at to apply for a scholarship or for other questions.  

Application Packet

Foundation Course Instructors

Photo of Bill Lonneman

Bill Lonneman, DNP, RN

Bill Lonneman is an assistant professor and interim director of the RN-to-BSN program at Western Washington University. He became a nurse in 1982 and has worked in hospice, neighborhood health centers, and primary care as a family nurse practitioner. He received his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Madonna University and also holds a Master's degree in Theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He currently serves as chaplain for Francis Place, a ministry of Catholic Community Services that provides program-supported permanent housing in Bellingham for people who were chronically homeless.

Photo of Carol Nicolay

Carol Nicolay, Ed.D

Carol Nicolay is a retired registered nurse who is active as a Health Minister at the First Congregational Church of Bellingham and as a Westberg Institute instructor. Previously she held positions as Director for Professional Studies (WWU), Assistant Director for Academic Programs (UW),and Manager of Continuing Education (SPIE).She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University and holds a graduate degree from University of Phoenix and under-graduate degree in Adult Education from Grand Canyon University (Phoenix).  She teaches our Foundations in Health Ministry Course when we hold this in Bellingham.

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