Essence of the Rose Health Ministry

Promoting Health, Healing, and Wholeness for the Body, Mind, & Spirit


Deborah Baker
Deborah Baker MSN, ACHPN, FNP-BC         
Christie Page
Christie Page RN, MSN

Referrals may be made in any of the following ways:

  • Pastoral or Deacon referral
  • Self referral
  • Doctor or other community source

Call the church office at 707 542-4242 to leave a confidential message or to request a call from the Health Ministry Team.

Do you any of these needs?

  • Would you like help with medical questions or understanding your Doctor’s advice?
  • Are you facing a new diagnosis and uncertain how to follow a new medical regime or what options are available for treatment?
  • Do you need advocacy around health insurance or Medicare issues?
  • Are you wondering how to feel better?
  • Are you caring for an ill family member or parent and needing connection to church and other community resources?
  • Do you need coordination of services from multiple health care providers?
  • Do you need someone to listen and care about your health?

What is Health Ministry?

  • Health Ministry is a faithful response to the scriptural call to follow Jesus’ example to comfort and heal the sick.

  • Health Ministry seeks to promote and restore whole person health.

  • Health Ministry recognizes the relationship and balance between mind, body, and spirit to overall health and well-being.

  • Health Ministry works to prevent illness through assessment, screening, education, connection, and support at all levels, for individuals, families, the congregation, and throughout the community at large. It is a way of bridging all the health supporting functions of the church.

What is a Faith Community Nurse (FCN)?

A FCN is an RN who has specialized preparation and training to work in congregations as part of the overall Health Ministry of the church.

The Health Ministry team and FCN work collaboratively with the Pastor, Deacons and other caring committees within the Church to identify congregational health related needs.

Team members will also work with individuals / families experiencing illness, crisis, or life transition.

FCN practice accepts the spiritual aspects of health as central to healing.

FCN functions include that of: case manager, health counselor & educator, source of referrals, advocate, facilitator & trainer of volunteers, community liaison.

Health Ministry team members / FCN will make home and hospital visits and are available as a resource within the congregation.

Life Abundant

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (World Health Organization definition of health).

Many of the major health problems in developing and developed countries are related to individual behavior and lifestyle choices, such as tobacco and drug use, dietary habits, unsafe sexual practices, violence, or simply inadequate exercise. To make healthy choices, people need supportive environments, access to information, life skills and opportunities.


Health and Lifestyle

Americans have tended to shift responsibility for their health from themselves to the medical care system when in fact >50% of one’s health status results from lifestyle choices.

  • Environment 20%
  • Medical Care System 10%
  • Heredity 20%
  • Personal Lifestyle Choices 50%

Health promotion enables individuals, families, and communities to increase control over their health. In many countries it has become common practice to develop health strategies within the larger context of the environment “where people live, love, work and play”, and not just around individuals and their behavior.


The Presbyterian Response

 ~ 1988 the Presbyterian General Assembly adopted a major report called “Life Abundant: Values, Choices and Health Care”, which defined the church as “a community of health and healing.” It stressed an wholistic view of health ministry, recognizing the interconnectedness of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.


Biblical Examples

Jesus ministry calls us to Life Abundant. “That we may have life and have it abundantly.”

  • Mark 1: 40-42
  • John 5: 5-9
  • James 5: 13-14
  • Matt 11: 28


How to Access the Health Ministry Team

Referrals may be made in any of the following ways:

  • Pastoral or Deacon referral
  • Self referral
  • Doctor or other community source

Call the church office at 707 542-4242 to leave a confidential message.
[Confidentiality is always professionally respected and protected.]



The Health Ministry Team is able to assist with all of the above listed actions but it is important to note that availability may be limited at times due to the nature of its volunteer capacity. At times you may receive referrals only to meet your needs.

Health Ministry team member / FCN advice is not meant to take the place of routine medical care.