The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A legacy of caring

Granger Westberg, a Lutheran hospital chaplain, founded parish nursing in 1984, an outgrowth of his interest in the mind/body/spirit connection. He had long explored how health and sickness seemed closely linked to a patient's outlook on life. He designed a congregation-based program where the parish nurse sees health as more than the absence of disease but rather a condition of well-being or wholeness. His ideas are contained in The Parish Nurse: Providing a Minister of Health to Your Congregation. The caring he inspired will serve as a lasting legacy for Westberg, who died Feb. 16 at age 85.


  • Parish-nurse training programs are offered nationwide at agencies, colleges, schools and church groups. Many use resources developed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center: 205 W. Touhy Ave., Suite 104, Park Ridge, IL 60016; (800)556-5368; http://ipnrc.parishnurses.org/.
  • The Parish Nurse Center, Concordia College, 901 8th St. South, Moorhead, MN 56562; (218) 299-3893.


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