USA (MNN) – Barney Ford, Vice President at InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Patricia
Emery as Director of Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF). Emery's formal duties
as Director will begin in the Fall of 2007.
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
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
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.