• Health Ministries Network

August 2019 Newsletter

Director's Note, Interview with Anita Busby, HM, of Trinity Biker Church, Did you know?, Upcoming Events, Devotional in honor of Jeanne Brotherton, and NEW: Prayer list.

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

Dear HMN Community,

I hope you are easing into summer and enjoying these long, warm days. I welcome the slower pace, especially around this college town. Still, we are looking ahead to some special events this fall, including:

* HMN’s Fall Kickoff Meeting on Friday, September 20, 11am - 1pm. Join us and Heather Flaherty, Executive Director for the Chuckanut Health Foundation, as we launch a new season of health ministry. Location: TBD.

* Spirit of Giving: Annual Appreciation Lunch on Saturday, October 19, 11am - 1pm. Please join us as we recognize faith community nurses and health ministers for their outstanding service, honor a Clergy Champion, celebrate our generous community and raise funds fro Health Ministries Network. Please let me know if you would like to join the planning committee or if you know of congregations or businesses who would like to sponsors the event. More info to come.

Please mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you in September and beyond!


Executive Director



Anita Busby, Health Minister, Trinity Biker Church, health ministries network

Anita Busby, HM

Trinity Biker Church

Tell me about Trinity Biker Church.

Roland Middleton and Mike Melland met in a grocery store and decided they needed to start a biker community bible study. Those meetings, by the attendees’ choosing, evolved from monthly to weekly and in 2008, Rushing Wind Biker Church was born.

In 2011, the church reorganized, becoming Trinity Biker Church with Roland, “Rev. Ro” as well call him, as senior pastor, and Mike Melland, Chris Goldstein, and Michael Juillerat as associate pastors. As it turns out, Rev. Ro has stepped down from his position for health reasons, so Michael is now senior pastor.

How did you get involved there?

In 2011 I became certified as a health minister. I was like, “well, what I can do? I don't have a church.”

I was riding the bus everyday to and from Ferndale for work, so I'd go down Northwest, past the soccer fields and see the Trinity Biker Church sign alongside the road reading, “SAT 10AM.”

I kept thinking, “I need to go in there, I should just go there.” So, I did and Rev. Ro said, “yes, I've been wanting a health minister.” I was like, “Oh, well I've been wanting a church.” So that's how that came to be.

Anita Busby, Health Minister, Trinity Biker Church, health ministries network

Do you have a connection to motorcycling outside of Trinity Biker Church?

Interestingly enough, Mr. Busby used to own five motorcycles. He also worked at a Harley Davidson here in Bellingham for a while. I didn’t go on bikes as much; I’d always lean the wrong way and it was kind of scary. But I always like seeing and hearing the Harleys!

What might you say to someone who has a negative impression of biker clubs?

“Bikers are sinners in need of God’s grace and forgiveness just like anybody,” said Deaconess Dar, and I concur!

The truth is many people have been disappointed in church. They have been injured physically, spiritually, and mentally, but have a desire to pursue God and have a family. Trinity Biker Church is a home of acceptance, forgiveness, and family, just like anybody’s church, club, or social circle.

Anita Busby, Health Minister, Trinity Biker Church, health ministries network

What does your health ministry look like at Trinity Biker Church?

At Easter time we buy 20 or so meals for the Ferndale food bank. This year we gave close to $1,400 in groceries and a cash donation of $1,400. In November we do the same thing for Thanksgiving; we buy complete thanksgiving meal supplies for about 20 families who visit the food bank, and we always include a generous cash donation.

When Rev. Ro was a child, the only Christmas gifts he got were from Toys for Tots, so in December we do the Toys for Tots Run. That's a cold Toys for Tots Run because it's winter on motorcycles.

On January 1st every year, TBC participates in the Frozen Toe Run, yes on motorcycles. One year I handed out coupons for free Tdap vaccines to all the bikers from many different clubs. I'm a huge supporter of hydration, so I give out water bottles and Jello shots (sans alcohol).

I also answer medical questions (eg. BLP, meds, symptoms), advise about doctor appointments, and listen – be present – when someone wants to share.

Anita Busby, Health Minister, Trinity Biker Church, health ministries network

How does your health minister education influence how you care for people?

You take care of the body, the mind, and the spirit. You just go to wherever they are at in their presence. Sometimes I just sit and don't say much to be honest. But they say what they have to say and it's safe.

The biker community can be very closed, so I just keep whatever they have to say close to me. I don’t think about it every day, so, in that way you kind of have to return to a nursing approach and be clinical. I have this little notepad in my purse that reads, “I am a healing presence,” and that’s what I strive to be.

What’s upcoming in your health ministry at Trinity Biker Church?

We have a letters ministry where we keep in touch with men who are separated from their families by incarceration, military service, or work. I hope to include a “greetings” ministry to let congregants know they are loved.

I decided that I should keep my health ministry bulletin board more up to date. I want to post flyers on community services, diseases, and hydration! My hope is to manage wellness in body, mind, and spirit.

What else do you do in your health ministry, not necessarily at Trinity Biker Church?

Ah, this is the perfect question because I think I might just be living as a health minister. I bring health ministry concepts to my work as a wellness nurse at Brookdale Senior Living; I use my HM training as a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); and I provide foot and nail care and Healing Touch Therapy sessions (as a student). I am also training to become a chaplain, just another level of spiritual care as a health minister.

Anita Busby, Health Minister, Trinity Biker Church, health ministries network

Tell me more about healing touch.