Health Ministry and Parish Nursing

The mission of Health Ministry is to promote health and wholeness of body, mind, and spirit in the faith community of Trinity Lutheran Church.


Trinity’s Health Ministry is excited to support two volunteer parish nurses! 

Download the Parish Nursing brochure here.

Contact Us!
Trinity’s Parish Nurses:

Karen Hernes
Nan Paarlberg

phone: (219) 462-9624

What does Trinity’s Health Ministry do?

  • Identifies the health ministry needs of individuals, families, and the congregation.
  • Provides opportunities for participation in health and wellness screenings, education, and activities.
  • Promotes safety by maintaining first aid kits, the AED, and hosting CPR classes.
  • Supports a volunteer parish nursing program.

Meet Trinity’s Volunteer Parish Nurses

Karen Hernes

Karen has been a member of Trinity since relocating back to Indiana in 2011 with her husband Matt and children Chrystal and Valerie. After working in hospitals for over 10 years, she completed her master’s degree and now teaches nursing at Purdue Northwest in Westville. Karen is passionate about caring for the whole person and educating others about self-care.

Nan Paarlberg

Nan has been a member of Trinity since 2010, along with husband Terry. She worked for 20 years in the neonatal intensive care unit and currently works in home health care for children with special needs. The thought of parish nursing makes her really excited and she is thrilled to merge her career, Stephen Ministry, and spiritual healing to complete her life, being able to serve others in all areas of life.

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