Grace Tazelaar

Grace Tazelaar

Grace serves as the NCF Missions Director in a volunteer role. Grace is a veteran missionary nurse who offers wisdom from years of experience serving God cross-culturally. Find resources, best practices, and what you need to know about missionary nursing at NCF Missions.

NCF Vision

I am deeply committed  to assisting nurses and student to demonstrate God's love for the poor and underserved through nursing both in the United States and abroad. We invite nurses to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and encourage them to use their professional knowledge and skills as a ministry in their community.

I am passionate about networking with other ministries that advocate and serve the health needs of the poor and underserved. I love developing resources that equip nurses and nursing students to provide health care among the poor and underserved.


  • All persons, regardless of age, race, culture, socioeconomic status, or physical or mental ability, are created in God's image and have value and worth. As Christian nurses we value human life and advocate for health care that demonstrates Christ's righteousness and justice.
  • Christian communities are characterized by relationships of love. The strength for ministry to the poor and underserved comes from a loving community who share a Christian worldview that encourages commitment to the ministry.
  • Ministry is the response to God's call to be involved in His work. Christian nurses see their profession as more than a job; it's a call and a ministry to others who are weak, ill, suffering and/or vulnerable.

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Grace's life verse is Psalm 73:28: "But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds."(NIV) She loves to tell stories about how God has worked in her life and through her work.

She is actively involved in at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Elmhurst, IL.

Cooking and sharing her home with friends and family who pass through the Chicago area give her great joy. She is the aunt to a nephew and two nieces, five grand nephews and three grand nieces.

Trees and the outdoors provide refreshment and renewal. One of her favorite activities is walking in the Morton Arboretum.


1982 MS Medical-Surgical Nursing, Northern Illinois University, IL
1972 BS Biology, Wheaton College, IL 
1970 Diploma Nursing, West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, Oak Park, IL  

Professional Experience

NCF Missions Director, 1999-2015
Volunteer, 2015 to present

  Adjunct Faculty, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 2002 - 2005
  World Relief, Carol Stream, IL,1999 - 2002
Health Program Development Associate: US
  Luke Society, Inc., Vicksburg, MS,1991 - 1999
Community Health Programs Director/Domestic Ministry Coordinator
  Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Grand Rapids, MI,1985 - 1991
Health Consultant to Uganda, East Africa
  West Suburban College of Nursing, Oak Park, IL,1982 - 1984
Assistant Professor of Nursing
  West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, Oak Park, IL,1972 - 1982
Science Instructor, Nurse Educator
  Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 1971 - 1972
Part-time College Health Nurse
  West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park, IL, 1970 - 1972
Part-time staff nurse

Professional memberships

  • Christian Community Health Fellowship
  • Christian Connections for International Health
  • American Public Health Association


Tazelaar, G & Newhof, C. (2015) Empowering Toward Shalom:  The Lay Health Movement.  In B. L. Meyers, E. Dufault-Hunter & I. B. Voss (Eds.), Health Healing and Shalom (pp.233-247). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.  

Tazelaar, G.  Challenges and Trends in Global Healthcare Missions.  Journal of Christian Nursing.  July-September 2011.

Seager, G., Seager, C. and Tazelaar, G.  The Perils and Promise of Short-Term Healthcare Missions. Journal of Christian Nursing. July-September 2010

Tazelaar, G.  Good out of HIV/AIDS?  Journal of Christian Nursing. January-March 2007

Tazelaar, G. Book Review: "Health, Healing & Wholeness: Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health" by Mary Chase-Ziolek. Health and Development. 2005: 25(3):23-25.

Journal of Christian Nursing. Winter 2004. Guest theme editor. Global Health: A New Look

Tazelaar, G. Caring Across Cultures: Preparing for Effective Missionary Nursing. Madison, WI: NCF Press. 2003.

Tazelaar, G. Embracing Shalom. Journal of Christian Nursing. Accepted for publication Spring 2001.

Tazelaar, G. and Pyper, J. Teen Treasures. Journal of Christian Nursing. 1999 16(2):31-34.

Tazelaar, G. Increasing Access to Health Care with Lay Health Personnel. Health and Development. 1993. 4(3):3-9.