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New Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers/Promotoras Graduate from 2020 Foundations Course

On June 6, 2020, family, friends, and supporters of eight new faith community nurses (FCNs), one health minister (HM) and one promotora (Spanish for HM) gathered on Zoom to celebrate their graduation.

Congrats, 2020 Foundations in Faith Community Nursing graduates! 🎉

Camille Cleeland, RN, BA, Mount Vernon, WA

Joni Hensley, RN, BSN, Everson, WA

Judi Williams-Gibson, RN, Vancouver, WA

Karen Broostrom, Health Minister, Puyallup, WA

Mabel Zafra, RN, BSN, Lynden, WA

Mary Perron, RN, BSN, MHP, Anacortes, WA

Micaela Lopez, Promotora, Mt. Vernon, WA

Phyllis Newton, RN, Lynden, WA

Tenda R Tjoelker, RN, Bellevue, WA

Students shared their final reflections with classmates and instructors and family, friends, and faith community leaders joined for a dedication ceremony, also over Zoom.

This was the first year we provided the health ministry course in Spanish as well, and we look forward to translating more materials and meetings going forward.

Special thanks to Carol Nicolay, Ed.D, HM, who coordinated the recruitment, course logistics, and guest speakers and ensured everything went smoothly. And thank you to Bill Lonneman, RN, MDiv, DNP, interim director of the RN to BSN program at WWU, who was the new course instructor, guiding the course content, assignments and teaching.

This course included our first spanish speaking student accommodated by translations on screen!
One course participant spoke only Spanish, so all online sessions included instant translations on screen.

This course was made possible through funding from the Chuckanut Health Foundation, PeaceHealth, and the Jean Billings Tischler Fund at the Chuckanut Health Foundation.


About the Foundation Course

The Health Ministries Network (HMN) Foundations Course prepares state licensed RNs for faith community nurse (FCN) ministry and other caring individuals for health minister (HM) service in their respective congregation or faith community.

The Foundations Course has 18 modules (providing 44 contact hours) based on the curriculum developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. Material is owned by the Church Health Center of Memphis, Inc. and designed to help participants care for the whole person by integrating mind, body and spirit wellness, with an emphasis on elements of spirituality in caring for the health needs of congregations and communities. This course fulfills the educational requirement for board certification in faith community nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The course is open to people of all faiths and religions. The next course will be offered in the spring of 2021.

Interested in health ministry? Want to learn more about becoming a faith community nurse? Feel free to email us at or call us at 360-788-6408.


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