I am a follower of Christ and have been a Christian as far back as I can remember. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. I am also a nurse who has been called to care for those in need. At Faith, I am a parish nurse and the coordinator of Health Ministries. When Karen Setzer, Faith’s first parish nurse and Health Ministries coordinator, brought the concept of parish nursing and health ministries to Faith, I immediately jumped onboard. This concept was so in line with who Christ is—an unconditionally loving caregiver, provider, helper, supporter, healer of all God’s children. I served for several years as the chair of the Health Ministries team. And when it came time to add another parish nurse to the staff, I knew God had opened that door for me.
My spiritual gifts inventory identified that I have the gifts of hospitality, administration, and leadership. God has also given me compassion, patience, and problem-solving skills. My passion is to help people in need or distress. The health of an individual is multifaceted and includes the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, financial, and cultural aspects. I think God has prepared me well to help individuals find support, answers, solutions, and resources for their needs and relief from distress.
My mission is the mission of the Health Ministries: to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support in a safe, caring, personal, Christian environment for the church and the community at large. As a parish nurse, I am able to merge my professional calling with my Christian calling to serve the Faith community and in the community at large. Daily I have opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals, whether it is holding their hand and praying with them before surgery, connecting them with someone who has experienced what they are going through, delivering them a prayer quilt, helping them evaluate appropriate housing for an aging parent, providing information about a medication they are taking, and more. How could I be so fortunate to be able to be the hands, feet, heart, and voice of Jesus in so many ways? In helping others, I am endlessly blessed by them!
How You Can Help Me
Give blood: Assist with blood pressure screening the first Sunday of the month.
Visitation team: Provide visits to our homebound members, listen, support, befriend, and serve communion.
Give meals for those recovering from surgery, illness, or a loss.
Give the needy rides to church, doctor appointments, and the grocery store.
Letters of Love: Send cards and letters to those who have lost loved ones on significant anniversaries.
Participate in The Relay for Life to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have died from cancer.
Prison Ministry: Be a mentor and supporter for women who are preparing to be released from the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.
Hospice and Newborn Kits for Global Health Ministries: Donate supplies or assemble kits.
Purchase bed nets to protect individuals from mosquitos carrying malaria in third-world countries through Global Health Ministries.
Health Ministries Team: Join this team as a leader, help identify and plan opportunities for others to be the hands, feet, heart, and voice of Jesus.
How I Can Help You
I can help you in many ways: health advocate, referral agent, integrator of faith and health, personal health counselor, developer of support groups, health educator and volunteer Coordinator. I am available to listen to your needs and concerns and help you find solutions and information. I can also help you find ways to serve others in need. Contact me!