Very Reverend Charles Tyrrell QSO, M.Th. (Oxon.), BA, SRN. Dean Emeritus of Nelson Cathedral, Past Board Member


"I began training at the Broadgreen School of Nursing in Liverpool in 1970 and became a State Registered Nurse three years later.  After graduation I worked in the operating theatres and later moved to District Nursing in Liverpool where the first ever district nursing service began in the 19th century.  I obtained the national certificate in district nursing.

By 1974 I had been accepted to train for the Anglican ministry and went to London to do this.  However, I continued to use my nursing experience as an in-house first aider at the college, including caring for the injured players at a rugby game!  During College vacations I returned to Broadgreen Hospital and afterwards the Royal Liverpool Hospital where I worked as a Staff Nurse on night duty.

I was especially delighted when Elaine had the vision for Parish Nursing (now Faith Community Nursing) and saw in that the undergirding truth of holistic care which is one of the by-words of our movement.  Naturally I was delighted and honoured to be invited as the first Patron of NZFCNA. Charles has written The Theological Rationale for the Faith Community Nurse

Nursing gave me a wonderful foundation for my pastoral ministry and I will always be grateful for that.  St James tells us that ‘Faith without works is dead’ and that truth has been a byword of mine throughout my ministry.  My faith in God has never wavered and side by side with this I have always loved to care for people in my life as a nurse and later as an Anglican clergyman.  After working in three parishes in England followed by two cathedrals in New Zealand and then a diocesan job in Nelson, I have been able to put this truth into practice."


Rev Faye Davenport RN, Deacon, DipBus, BA, BTh, MN, MEd Chairperson of Board

Faye Davenport

"My faith is very important to me and has sustained me through a number of challenges in my life. I engage in daily Bible reading and reflection. My faith journey began when as a child I attended church, and got to know Christ, through my grandmother. In 2004 I was ordained Deacon. I preach, teach and lead services. 

I am actively involved in pastoral care. It includes visiting parishioners who have been hospitalised. I integrate aspects of health in to my sermons and teaching in the church, both locally and on a wider basis in the city and the Diocese. Early in 2017 I initiated a blood pressure ‘clinic’, this has been the catalyst for many and varied conversations. A few years ago I ran a series of discussions related to the five most common cancers. I called the series ‘Know Your Normal’ (so that you can then recognise anything ‘abnormal’).

My Nursing journey

As a pre-schooler I aspired to be a nurse and that did not change. In 1976 I applied to commence my nursing training. Due to my lack of school qualifications I was encouraged to train as an Enrolled Nurse. I completed this training in 1977-1978 and then worked as an Enrolled Nurse in the oncology ward and then the infectious diseases ward. I went on to complete my Comprehensive Nurse training and worked mainly in oncology.  I began to work part-time as a marker for nursing students’ assignments; and later I began to support nursing students on their clinical placements. This led to fulltime nursing lecturer work. Now I am teaching a first year professional nursing paper and supporting nursing students in clinical practice. I lead a session with, largely international nursing students, exploring spirituality in nursing, what that means and what it might ‘look like’, how we might recognise this dimension in the care we provide.

I also have an interest in palliative care and am currently leading a research cluster looking at how nursing students might be more effectively prepared for palliative care. 

My Education

At the conclusion of my Comprehensive Nurse training I went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts qualification (majoring in nursing studies and religious studies) (1993). Following that I completed a Master of Nursing (1998) and then a Master of Education (adult education) (2004) degree. I subsequently completed a Bachelor of Theology degree (2006) and then a diploma in business studies (focusing on management). In 2019 I became the Chairperson of NZFCNA.  

Jane Wulff: story

A unique start to Faith Community Nursing

"As nurses, we are able to look at people in the congregation differently from the pastoral care team, we're assessing their health. We're not just popping in to say hello to people, but looking at them holistically."

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Valma Bycroft RN

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 Valma Bycroft has been working as a FCN for about 8 years in a Presbyterian Church.Valma works with her Church sometimes reaching into the community with the blessing and support of the Church leadership team. Her work is voluntary but the Church has paid for her annual practicing certificate and membership of the College of Nurses, Aotearoa. She speaks at different meetings on topical health issues, provides health education information for the Church bulletin and the Church notice board when appropriate.Valma interacts with individuals, families, women's fellowship group and community groups. These include Victim Support, IHC and Positive Ageing. She is a member of Rotary and of Probus and is often called upon for first aid at meetings. Valma feels that it is important for nurses working in the community to keep first aid certificates up to date.She is included in the local Primary Health Team and is given very good support from nurses, GPs and also the local community hospital. Valma attends the rural health education sessions at her local hospital by video conference. The District Health Board keep her informed of seminars or courses and she attends those appropriate for her role.2014 has seen an increase in her workload (about 8-10 hours a week) and at times has been very challenging but rewarding. Valma has been very conscious of the Lord helping, guiding and strengthening her for this ministry.

Elaine Tyrrell QSM, MHealSci, BN, Bsc, RNComp. Founder of FCN in NZ. Board Secretary

elaine-tyrrellElaine has been involved with parish nursing since 1998 when she set up a ministry at Nelson Cathedral, so becoming the first Anglican Parish Nurse in New Zealand.

She completed her basic FCN training in Adelaide with the Australian Faith Community Nurses Association (AFCNA) in 2000 and friendships were formed with Dr Anne van Loon (Director of Development of AFCNA) and Dr Merilyn Annells (then Chairperson of AFCNA) who subsequently supported the establishment of faith community nursing in New Zealand. Enquiries came from throughout New Zealand and from international visitors to Nelson such that there was a need to develop networking and training within the country.  Dr Anne van Loon has led several training courses within New Zealand – her first visit being to Christchurch in 2001 when NZAFCN was inaugurated and Elaine was invited on the Board.  NZFCNA in its present form was born in 2003 when Elaine became chairman.

In 2004, the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia recognised faith community nursing as a valid, important ministry within the church and supports its parishes in developing this outreach.  Elaine is the Parish Nurse Advisor within the Nelson Diocese.
Elaine’s husband, the Dean Emeritus, has not only supported this ministry but included it in his Masters dissertation.  In 2006, he received the QSO in the Queen’s birthday honours list in recognition of his service to the community including the development of parish nursing within New Zealand.

Elaine also works as a rehabilitation nurse in Nelson Hospital and her thesis for her Master in Health Science focussed on the perspective of older patients and their family members about the role of nursing in rehabilitation.

!n the Queen's birthday honours of 2016 Elaine was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in recognition of her work in founding Faith Community Nursding in NZ.

Diane Webster: RN (Rtd) Board member

diane-websterDiane was first introduced to Parish Nursing or Faith Community Nursing at the end of her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2001, when the inaugural conference was held in Christchurch 2001.

It was an exciting concept to her as it entwined her faith and nursing passion together. From working with Nurse Maude as a District Nurse, the concept didn’t leave her and she could see the potential of this scope of practice out in the community especially within the Church.

The second Parish Nursing conference was held in Nelson 2003 which Diane attended and confirmed the call to offer her services to the newly formed Association. Diane continued to work in the role as Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member and then accepted the invitation to work as the National Coordinator which includes guiding the Board and visiting FCNs throughout the country.  She has seen the Association through to its incorporated status, organised annual conferences in different venues and helped establish the NZFCNA website. Diane worked voluntarily in this role. In 2014 Diane stepped down from her role with the Association and returned to the Board 2020.

Janet Hogan RN, PG Dip HthSc, DipBS, Foundation Cert. Chaplaincy. Board Member 2014 -2020

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"I have been a nurse for 38 years. As a teenager I went nursing because I believed if I could look after a person’s physical wellbeing, then I would be better prepared to look after another's spiritual wellbeing (and because everyone told me an 18 year old was too young to go into the ministry).  I am an active member of The Salvation Army and have a commitment to professional development, four papers to go to complete my Masters in Clinical Nursing.  I have also completed in recent years a Dip of Biblical Studies and a Foundation of Chaplaincy Certificate.I see FCN as a Health Chaplaincy role and when God gives me an opportunity to use my faith either in my work or community I see it as a real privilege." Janet has some articles published on our website,Christchurch post earthquakeand Professional development.

Ane Masima, Parish Nurse and Practice Nurse: Tongan Health Society. Past Board member

ane-masimaMy name is Ane Masima employed by the Tongan Health Society as a .7 Parish Nurse and .3 Practice Nurse. I work for a Tongan church known as the Tongan Wesleyan church named as Mo’unga ki he Loto. There are 28 families and a total of 158 parishioners.

I meet their needs by :-

-Home visit, identify and assist their needs.
-Take a mobile health clinic to the church once a week.(Mobile Van)
-Run an exercise group in the church hall once a week.
-Provide health education eg:- Quit smoking, Immunizations, Diabetes, etc.
-Demonstrate a healthy way of cooking our own Tongan food at the church camp.
-Referral to other Agencies and resources.
-Liaise with other Services.
-Partnership with the Steward’s wife in running a women prayer group.

I love to see the families of the Parishioners realise their own health needs and work hard to recover and live a better life

Helen Vaughan RN Board member


I found out about Faith Community Nursing through Kai Tiaki, about 2005 and contacted the Association. It was not then the right time for me to become involved but I received information about the ministry from NZFCNA. The right time came two years later when I attended my first conference in Auckland. My church, Holy Trinity Anglican church in Hamilton, was very supportive and over the next two years I set up a ministry. After being involved in the NZFCNA for two years I was appointed to the Board. Unfortunately my husband and I had to move from Hamilton as he was offered in job in Canberra, Australia. It was hard to leave the church and this ministry and unfortunately there was no one to take over from me. While in Canberra from 2010 to 2013 I joined the Australian FCNA (AFCNA) while maintaining my membership of the New Zealand Association. I had frequent trips back to New Zealand as our family all lived in NZ. I did not commence a ministry in Canberra as we were there for only a short time; however my enthusiasm for FCN continued and I did my best to promote the ministry wherever possible. I was appointed to the AFCNA Board in 2011 and served for two years  as the National Mentor. I  wrote the job description for this post and learnt as I went along what it entailed. I moved back to the Waikato at the end of 2013; and was reelected on to the Board of NZFCNA. I am now practising as a Faith Comuunity Nurse by organising community education through my church. I am very interested in the international aspect of Faith Community Nursing, we are part of a world wide family of Faith Community Nurses. In 2018, I was priviledged to attend the Westberg Symposium, the international faith community nurses conference in Memphis Tennessee. It was wonderful to meet faith community nurses from around the world. I became chairperson in 2016 and  served until 2019, returning to the Board in 2020.

Glenys Webster

glenys-websterAlan (my husband) was sent a Faith Community Nursing advertisement about a Conference in Christchurch 8 years ago when I was the Assistant Manager for Sarona Community (mental health residence) .As a nurse at the time, I felt quite isolated and was delighted to hear of the organisation. I was worried that I might not fit the criteria to belong. When I met the lovely people involved and enjoyed the fellowship I wanted to join. The concept grew on me as I found the different ways and levels of involvement of the nurses. At that time I had gone back to Polytech as a CAPS student to renew my APC as I had been in mental health so long my general one had expired.

I continued going to conferences every year which I found inspiring and also attended regional meetings. I then joined St John of God which was a Faith Community in itself and although I am now working there in the Pastoral Care team, I have held on to my Practicing Cert in case I ever need it to be a FCN. I believe it is something I will do in the future as I' m also passionate about building the church and promoting its relevance and I think the two goals could combine in Faith Community Nurse practice. I remain interested in mental health and have a post grad cert from Otago University in this."

Glenys has provided ongoing support to nurses in the Christchurch area as well as being on the Board of NZFCNA where she has shared her pastoral skills and helped facilitate interactive sessions at conferences.

Angela Clark


Angela supports NZFCNA through her skills as one of the seven Professional Nursing Advisors for the NZNO based in the Auckland office. She heard about parish nursing when reading a pamphlet in Nelson Cathedral when NZFCNA was still in its infancy and has attended several of our conferences. We thank her for her enduring support and understanding as a Christian working in her advisory position. Angela is now on the Board of Nurses Nurses Christian Fellowship NZ

Anne van Loon, Founder of Faith Community Nursing in Australia

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In October 1995 Anne and Emeritus Professor Merilyn Annells held an open forum to introduce the Faith Community Nursing role. Ann Solari-Twadell was the invited speaker from the ‘International Parish Nurse Resource Centre’ in the USA. From this point five churches in Adelaide, Australia, commenced five pilot Faith Community Nursing projects. Anne worked with each faith community and their nurses for three years to develop a contextually appropriate model for Faith Community Nurses as part of her doctoral research. Anne saw the need for a Professional Association for Faith Community Nurses to support them with continuing education for this specialty nursing role, and to facilitate professional standards and regulatory requirements for Faith Community Nurses. In 1996 she commenced the Australian Faith Community Nurses Association (AFCNA) as an inter-denominational professional association for Christian nurses ministering in the Faith Community Nurse role. AFCNA is now a member organisation of the Council of National Nursing and Midwifery Organisations (CoNNMO) in Australia.
Anne has been a nurse researcher and academic at Flinders University, Adelaide; she is now Senior Project Consultant (Health & Care Ministry) for Baptist Care South Australia.
Anne assisted Elaine Tyrrell to commence the ‘New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association’ in 2003 and provided the initial training courses developed from her doctoral research.What is the theological rationale for health ministry via the faith community nurse

Kris Telfer RN

KrisI have been a paediatric nurse for 40 years. I decided I would be a nurse when I was 6 years old! Working in the old Princess Mary Hospital and now Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland.  Although I am not a Faith Community Nurse, I have been involved with the NZFCNA for a number of years. I was attracted to the concept as a way of bringing my faith and nursing together and being able to provide care to the whole person. However I felt my role in the association was to be a supporter and helper to the practicing FCNs. I have been a board member and involved with the Auckland region. I am also a spiritual director and love co-leading creative focus days as part of Solace - I think becoming a spiritual director came out of my search for the answer to a question I had about 10 or so years ago, “How was I, as a Christian nurse different.”  I realised this was not just related to my nursing but my whole life. I’m still not sure I have the answer!

It is for me another way of caring and nurturing others, helping them to discover where God is in their lives.  I also participate in running a women's community group in my local Vineyard Church.

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