Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner

Kathy became the national director of Nurses Christian Fellowship on July 1, 2016. After 12 years as the editor of Journal of Christian Nursing, Kathy also transitioned to editor-in-chief to develop a growing team of editors for JCN.

NCF Vision

I am excited about what God is doing through NCF! God continues to add to the number of student chapters on campuses and nurse groups in communities that continue to grow. I don’t have all the answers to lead this ministry, but I serve the One who holds ‘all power and wealth and wisdom and strength’ (Revelation 5:12). God has and will continue to lead NCF.

My heart for NCF is that we encourage you in the ministry of nursing, helping you think Christianly about what you do. Colossians 2:6-10 summarizes how I pray NCF helps you grow and be strengthened spiritually, discerning biblical truth from worldly wisdom, and realizing the authority you have in Christ as a Christian nurse:

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is he head over every power and authority..

I hope you’ll find ways to get involved in the ministry of Nurses Christian Fellowship. Join a local in-person or virtual group, become an NCF member, connect via our virtual nationwide meetings, connect on Facebook, use the Bible studies and other resources on our website. As Jesus transforms you, you can have a transforming effect on nursing. Let’s partner together.

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I am married with three adult children and live with my husband and cat in Wichita, Kansas. Bible study is my lifeline; I participate in a weekly, in-depth study that offers accountability and guidance into the Word of God. I love playing the piano, assisting with worship, and exercise at the local YMCA.


BSN -- University of Texas, Arlington, Texas (1979)

MSN -- Oral Roberts University Anna Vaughn School of Nursing (1982, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care Nursing)

PhD, Nursing -- University of Kansas (1995; minor in Communication Studies with emphasis in Organizational Communication) 

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association (since 1980)
  • Kansas State Nurses Association (since 1982)
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship (since 2003)
  • Christian Medical & Dental Association (since 2016)
  • Health Ministries Association (since 2012)
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (since 1994)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses (since 1979) 
  • Spiritual Care Association (since 2020)
  • Faith Commiunity Nurses International (since 2018)