Holly Telfer and others in Foundations Course training

Class of 2022

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

​​Application Period Closed.

Our next class will be held online from April 9-June 10. The course includes optional pre-course orientations, 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.

The cost of the course is $375 per person for those residing in our four-county service area and $425 for students who reside outside Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required with each completed application. Diversity Scholarships are available to offer financial support towards a goal of increasing diversity in faith communities and the community at-large.
Group rates: $350 each for two or more persons (up to three).




A completed application will include:

  • Commitment Statement,

  • Course Application,

  • References, and

  • Confirmation.


Applications may be completed online or scanned to PDF and emailed to csnicolay@gmail.com, or by mail to the address below:
Health Ministries Network
800 E. Chestnut St., Suite 1A
Bellingham, WA  98225


A nonrefundable $50 application deposit must be submitted with your application.


You may submit your deposit online at https://www.chuckanuthealthfoundation.org/donate and indicate that it is for Health Ministries Network.


You may also submit your deposit by check. Please make it out to “Health Ministries Network” and mail it to Health Ministries Network, 800 E. Chestnut St., Suite 1A, Bellingham, WA 98225.




You are required to complete the PeaceHealth conviction/criminal history information background check which is  available online at https://bit.ly/3ahh3Hm.


Your background check can be submitted by PDF emailed to csnicolay@gmail.com or by mail to Health Ministries Network, 800 E. Chestnut St., Suite 1A Bellingham, WA 98225.



As part of the application process, course applicants will receive a call from Instructor and Course Coordinator, Carol Nicolay. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify the course objectives.

For more information please contact:

Carol Nicolay, HM, Ed.D.
HMN Foundations Course Coordinator
Call or Text: (360) 510-9797


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.

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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).