Meet Our Health and Healing Ministry Advisory Panel!

On Sunday, October 19, the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship will have a theme of healing.  The Health and Healing Ministry Advisory Panel works with and supports our Health and Healing Ministry staff members.

 

The small group of First Lutheran members who serve on the Health and Healing Ministry Advisory Panel include Pastor Debra Boynton, Jim Schwartz, Gloria Seidel, Reverend Kathy Ulrich, and Jane Voll.

  • Pastor Debra Boynton - is an ELCA ordained pastor who serves as chaplain for Grace Lutheran Foundation.  In her ministry, she provides spiritual care for the tenants/residents who live in the residences and facilities owned by Grace Lutheran Foundation.
  • Jim Schwartz - is a registered nurse who has held nursing positions in a wide variety of care settings.  Currently, he serves as a hospice nurse for Interim HealthCare.
  • Gloria Seidel - retired registered nurse who has a strong background in homecare and hospice nursing.  She recently retired from Northwest Homecare and Hospice (now known as Mayo Clinic Health System Home Health and Hospice) where she held direct patient care and administrative positions.
  • Reverend Kathy Ulrich - serves as staff chaplain for Sacred Heart Hospital.  Recently attained the distinction of board certified chaplain through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc., an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains.  Previous to being called into this specialized ministry she served in congregational ministry.
  • Jane Voll - retired from Chippewa Valley Technical College where she served as a program assistant.  She has a passion for health and healing ministry in the church and serves as secretary for the Panel.

 

The Advisory Panel gathers every other month to share their expertise, guidance and wisdom with our Health and Healing Ministry staff members-Pastor Lowell Halvorson, our visitation pastor and Geri Long, RN, our parish nurse.  Their primary function is to be of support to Pastor Halvorson and Geri in their ministries by serving as their "sounding board" and a "bridge".  By serving as a "sounding board", new ideas for our Health and Healing Ministry are presented and explored within the group.  While serving as a "bridge" between the Health and Healing Ministry staff members and the congregation, this panel will assist Pastor Halvorson and Geri in understanding how a program idea may translate to the congregation.

 

Additional functions include:

  • Being knowledgeable about the Health and Healing Ministry of First Lutheran Church so that they can encourage other members to make use of this congregational resource.
  • Recommending and assisting in developing health and healing programs and resources.
  • Ensuring the training and expressions of appreciation for the numerous volunteers involved in our Health and Healing Ministry.

 

Many, many thanks to the members of this Panel their eager willingness to serve and support the Health and Healing Ministry of First Lutheran Church!

 

Learn More about the Health and Healing Ministry at First Lutheran Church.