Personal wellness requires healthy mind, body and soul. This holistic approach to wellness helps to accomplish the mission of First Baptist Church. We desire for all of our members to be healthy physically, mentally, socially, financially, emotionally and spiritually. To that end, we have a Health Ministry Team that coordinates health education for the congregation and the community. The Health Ministry Team is led by our two Faith Community Nurses who serves as support resources concerning health and wellness.
What is a Faith Community Nurse (FCN)?
A Faith Community Nurse (FCN) is a registered nurse church member who volunteers to address health issues of the congregation and the local community. FCN seeks to foster physical, emotional, spiritual and social harmony leading to healthy and healing relationships with God, family, church, culture and creation. FCNs at First Baptist will serve two primary roles:
1) Provide education opportunities for the congregation and community to learn about healthy living.
2) Be a health resource to the church family
The FCNs work as non-compensated volunteers of the church. They support the ministerial staff and the deacons by following up with church members who are struggling with health issues and may need assistance in finding the proper resources in healthcare. If you are in need of this resource, you can contact the FCNs at 704-982-2111 ext. 233.
Betty has over 40 years of nursing experience. A graduate of Mercy School of Nursing, she has worked in many facets of nursing including women's health, surgery and triage. She currently volunteers with Pregnancy Resource Center of Stanly County to perform ultrasounds in addition to serving as one of the Faith Community Nurses at First Baptist.
Liz is a graduate of UNC - Chapel Hill in 1980 with a BS in Nursing. She began her nursing career in the Intermediate Care Nursery at UNC followed by Houston County Health Department in Warner Robins, GA. After raising a family, she has renewed her nursing license in 2016. Since then, Liz has volunteered at the Community Care Clinic on an as-needed basis and the Pregnancy Resource Center in addition to serving as one of the Faith Community Nurses at First Baptist.
Judy graduated from High Point Memorial School of Nursing and John Wesley College with a degree in Business and Ethics. She has had a variety of work experience: Emergency Department, Dermatology office, Hospice, and Occupational Health and Wellness promotion. Judy was certified in emergency nursing, occupational health, case management, health coaching and ACLS and CPR and first aid instructor in the past. Selected as one of the "Great 100" nurses in NC in 1993 and Occupational Health, Judy has excelled in the field of nursing. She has been serving on the Faith Community Nursing team since 2017.