• About Taylor Seminary and the E P Wahl Centre

    About Taylor Seminary and the E P Wahl Centre

    Taylor has been serving students from a wide range of evangelical traditions since 1940. Come and learn with us! Taylor Seminary invites you to join us as a student! Prospective students, start here for an overview on studying with us. If you'd like someone to be in touch via email, click here to request information. Be sure to ask about our online learning opportunities, which allow students to take courses from anywhere in the world. Taylor also...

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  • A Partnership with Sioux Falls Seminary

    A Partnership with Sioux Falls Seminary

    Creating Opportunity! A partnership agreement between Sioux Falls Seminary and Taylor Seminary, signed in June 2015, is uniting these institutions and creating groundbreaking new opportunities in theological education. This partnership began with a focus on online education, faculty development and global theological education. Over the past two years, the partnership has deepened significantly and has resulted in the integration of some systems, operational...

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  • Devotional Book has been Published

    Devotional Book has been Published

    A year-long devotional book written by Taylor alumni, faculty and staff is about to be published. Strength for Today, which began as a 75th Anniversary project in 2015, was compiled over several years, and has been released. Order Now! More than 100 contributors participated, including well-known figures from Taylor’s history: * former faculty such as Dr. Werner Waitkus, Dr. Richard Paetzel, Dr. Willy Muller, and more; * current faculty, including Dr. Joyce...

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Bert Harsch with Parish Nurse Elaine Domning

The diagnosis of heart disease and the need for open heart surgery came as a shock to Bert Harsch and his wife, Myrna. The crisis was made easier because of the ministry of a part-time parish nurse on staff at their church. Bert credits Elaine Domning with helping them in numerous ways before and after surgery.

“A half-hour after I arrived home from the hospital, Elaine came to our home,” Bert remembers. “Elaine gave my wife helpful suggestions on how to care for me and what signs to watch for. She assured us that she was available anytime we needed her. She also read appropriate Scripture and prayed with us at that visit. After that she always saw me at church and showed a special interest in my recovery.”

Elaine Domning remembers jumping in with an offer of assistance when she heard that Bert was not well.

“The parish nursing role involves education, advocacy, referral and spiritual care,” Elaine says. “So I tried to be informed about congregation members who might need support due to illness, aging, grief, etc.”
Parish nursing was new to Elaine when she first heard about it in the early 1990s; her pastor encouraged her to attending a training course.

“I came away sensing God calling me to that type of ministry so, in 1996, I began my parish nursing education,” she says. “To churches not familiar with PN, I would say this program allows the church to expand the healing ministry that God has called us to.

“It is a complementary partnership with the pastoral leadership, not a competition or threat,” she continues. “It is a ministry that can expand the pastoral care role within the church and free up the pastor for other things. It opens up doors to ministry both within and outside of the church.”