Contact Information

Mary Hume
Parish Nurse District Representative


Duties of the District Representative

  • Principle function – Support and promote Christ-centered health and wellness of body, mind and spirit through congregational health ministry of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
  • Principle responsibilities - Promote the parish nurse ministry, provide resources and consultation to pastors, congregations and nurses who desire a health ministry program and interface with district officials.

Qualifications to be a Parish Nurse

  • Registered Nurse in the state of Kansas
  • A member of the congregation he/she is serving
  • A person of spiritual maturity
  • Ability to work as a team member with the pastor and other staff members
  • Knowledge of how the congregation works
  • Commitment to wellness of the whole person
  • Management and supervisory skills
  • Experience as an educator
  • Able to identify and use resources, develop programs and train volunteers 

 Parish Nurse Newsletter 2017


 Helpful Websites

If you do not have internet and would like information, let me know and I will send it to you.

       On the Synodical level, go to for
         information on the Congregational Health
         Ministry/Parish Nursing Manual, Health Fairs, and
         the Parish Nurse News letter by Maggie Karner
         and Marcy Schnorr

       Bible studies and a devotion appear monthly at:

       Visit to read inspiring
          stories from some who are breast cancer

       Wheatridge ministries: 

History of Parish Nursing in the Kansas District 

1993 – First Parish Nurse program in Kansas. Connie Scheffer began a program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Salina.

1996 – Connie Scheffer spoke at the LWML Spring Rallies, encouraging parish nursing programs in each congregation.

1997 – District President Howard Patton appointed Connie Scheffer to develop a task force for the Kansas District, under the leadership and guidance of the Board of Caring Ministry. She also was the first District Representative for Kansas.

1998 – The first meeting of the task force with Connie Scheffer, Marlene Kohlmeier of Ascension, Wichita, Gretchen Quenstedt– Moe of St Luke, Leavenworth, and Margaret Anschutz of Faith, Topeka.

1999 – The task force met with interested nurses at Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka.

2003 – A four-day intensive parish nurse workshop was held at Trinity, Salina, with 43 nurses from Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma attending. Carol Luders-Bolwerk, Professor in the Nursing Department at Concordia University Wisconsin and a leader in parish nursing, led the workshop.

2004 – Connie Scheffer resigned as District Representative due to family illness.  Mary Hume assumed the position.