Patricia Emery named to head InterVarsity's Nurses Christian Fellowship (InterVarsity photo)
NCF is an organization that encourages students, faculty, and nurses to explore and connect Christian faith and nursing, and provides resources that help nurses and students practice nursing from a Christian worldview.
Emery has more than 25 years of ministry and nursing leadership experience. As a former InterVarsity staff worker and a long time NCF volunteer, she is not a stranger to InterVarsity and its mission. Emery comes to InterVarsity most recently from Mennonite Memorial Home in Ohio where she served as the Director of Nursing.
Emery received her BSN at Wayne State University in Michigan. After 2 years on staff with InterVarsity NCF in Pennsylvania, Ms. Emery went on to get her MSN from Northern Illinois University.
Mary Thompson, NCF's current director, will complete her responsibilities on June 30, 2007. InterVarsity has requested that Ms. Thompson continue on InterVarsity staff, with a special assignment related to NCF Alumni and Friends and their support of NCF for the next year. She will report to Mr. Ford.
In the interim, beginning July 1, 2007, NCF will be led by Dr. Harriet Coeling. Dr. Coeling is a member of both the National Advisory Committee and Ohio NCF Council. She also brings a wealth of leadership and nursing expertise from her more than 20 years of experience teaching nursing at collegiate and graduate levels. Most recently Dr. Coeling served as the Director of the Graduate Nursing Adult Program at Kent State University.
NCF began in the early 1940's when small groups of Christian nurses in several cities began meeting to pray and support each other. These groups eventually joined together and became a national ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in 1948.