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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.

We will work with Pacific Lutheran University to host the next class, from January 21st-March 25th 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 $520 for contact hours and $220 for a Health Ministry Certificate.  

Diversity Scholarships are available to offer financial support towards a goal of increasing diversity in faith communities and the community at-large.  Please contact Sarah Lane at for an application or complete the application online.


Before a graduating Faith Community Nurse, Health Minister or Community Health Advocate serves in our network, we will request that the individual allow HMN to perform a background check on them.


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

Please also feel free to contact Sarah Lane 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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