Nurses Christian Fellowship will have a new director when Jane Hall retires June 30, 2016. Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner will lead NCF ministry for students, nurses and educators beginning July 1, 2016.
Kathy has served NCF as editor of Journal of Christian Nursing (JCN) for the past 11 years. She has over 35 years of experience and expertise as a nurse, administrator, researcher and editor. Kathy also has served as an NCF volunteer staff for students and faculty at Wichita State University and Newman University schools of nursing.
“I am thankful to God for Kathy’s appointment,” said Jane Hall, the current NCF director. “He has answered our prayers. Kathy is a compassionate nurse, a scholar, and a devoted student of God’s Word. Kathy cares for people, and she graciously and boldly shares the love of Christ. Under Kathy’s leadership, NCF will continue to see nursing students and faculty transformed by Christ and to have a biblical, Christian influence in nursing.”
Kathy was appointed JCN editor in 2004. The following year she helped NCF negotiate a partnership with publishing giant Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. “That was a miraculous work of God that widened the influence of NCF and InterVarsity,” Kathy said. “We now publish JCN in print, online, mobile, and iPad formats, and our biblically-based continuing education for nurses is online with one of the world’s largest continuing education providers.”
“Kathy is highly regarded in both the Christian and secular nursing worlds,” said Paul Tokunaga, InterVarsity vice president and director of Strategic Ministries. “But foremost, Kathy is passionate about seeing nursing students come to a saving faith in Jesus and then be salt and light in healthcare.”
The role of NCF director is a demanding one, but Kathy is ready to meet the challenge. “I am excited about what God will do through NCF in the coming years,” Kathy said. I don’t know all that will be needed to lead NCF, but I serve the One who holds 'all power and wealth and wisdom and strength' (Revelation 5:12). God will lead NCF.”
Jane Hall agrees, and invites the NCF community to pray for a smooth transition in the months ahead. “Please join us in thanking God for Kathy and for the gifts she brings to the leadership of NCF.”
Kathy received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Kansas. She lives in Wichita with her husband, Richard, a physician. They have three grown children. Find out how you can get involved in NCF ministry.