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Welcome to Region 4!

Region 4 includes:

Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, Nebraska Synod, Central States Synod, Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod, Southwestern Texas Synod, and Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synods

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Carolyn Crowe
St. Louis, MO

Lucina (Lu) Kimpel
Austin, TX

Barb Keil
Topeka, KS

Welcome to ELPNA-the Evangelical Lutheran
Parish Nurse Region 4 web page.
Allow us to introduce ourselves.

Carolyn Crowe
Carolyn was born in the tiny hamlet of Odell, Nebraska (about 70 miles south of Lincoln), and spent her childhood on the family's general farm in northern Kansas. She and her five younger siblings were expected to help with the usual farming chores and large garden, and the family was actively involved with the local 4-H club. Carolyn attended Valparaiso University, then Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. Various nursing positions have included clinical instructor in labor and delivery, in-service coordinator, and pediatric nurse practitioner in the evaluation center for the Special School District of St. Louis County. While pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Webster University, Carolyn was introduced to the specialty of parish nursing, and has served Christ Lutheran in that position for many years.

Carolyn has been actively involved with the Common Sense Gun Solutions committee of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, and the Mitrata Foundation for Children in Nepal. She and husband Bob have two children, Emily and Andy, and three grandchildren: Ellie, Audrey and Atlas. They love opera, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and travel.

Lu Kimple

I am currently the Director of the Second-Degree Nursing Program for Fairfield University - Austin Campus . Prior to this I was an Iowa native who graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in 1980. I went on to attain an BS and MS in Health Sciences, a BSN and MSN degree and in 2010, my PhD in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University. I have been with the ELPNA since about 2016. I started parish nursing at 2 ELCA churches in Des Moines, Iowa before moving to Texas in 2017. I then started a parish nurse program at Peace Lutheran Church here in Austin, after my move.

Barb Keil
Barb lives in Topeka, KS. She obtained her BSN and MSN from Ft. Hays State University in Hays KS.  She worked for Colmery-O’Neil Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center for 29 years. During her years at the VA she worked in Med-Surg, Ambulatory & Outpatient clinics, and Quality Management. 

Barb received a direct commission into the Army Reserves. She deployed with her hospital unit to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.  She also spent time in Germany, Egypt, and El Paso, TX.

She retired from the Army Reserves in 2015 and the VA in 2018. Barb lives with her husband, Mike, and their cats. She became a parish nurse in 2016 and she serves the congregation of Our Savior's Lutheran in Topeka.

Special Programs, Educational offerings in Region 4

  •   Share information about Foundation Courses available in your Region or links about where to get this information.
  •    Any educational programs, workshops, etc. available with dates, times and location, or links about where to get this information.
  • Anything else you think would be of interest to Lutheran Parish Nurses in your Region.
Texas Health Ministries Network

The Texas Health Ministries Network (THMN) is a group of Faith Community nurses, clergy, social workers, health administrators, and educators from Texas. The group provides networking to promote health education and access to resources, provides education to these professionals, and maintains a database of health ministers in Texas. The Department of State Health Services provides THMN with a site for sharing of resources and a calendar of events. You can access this site at: THMN Resources

    What's Happening in our Congregations?

    Sharing programs that are sponsored by the FCN and Heath Committees that are successful.

    Seeking all Lutheran FCNs in Region 4!

    We would like to identify all Lutheran parish nurses working in congregations of Region 4.  Please send an e-mail with your information to Barb Keil.  Her contact information is in the Board Directory found in the Members Only section of this web site.  That way we can keep an updated list of Lutheran parish nurses in this region.

    Please send us news about what's going on in your area/Synod of Region 4 so we can publicize the events for you here on the website. 

    Last updated: 04/15/23

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