Rev. Dan Strussenberg, First Vice President, Eastern District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, will conduct the installation.
Deaconess Doris earned a M.A. in Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2012. She began her career in the health care field in 1979 when she received an associate degree in psychology/sociology from Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She continued in the field receiving her bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in psychology in 1981. She returned to Grand Rapids Community College to become a registered nurse in 1983.
Doris has enjoyed a variety of nursing experiences since 1983 including Charge Nurse at Kent Oaks Psychiatric Unit in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1988-1997 she worked at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids where she developed a preceptorship program for training new nurses.
Doris held various nursing positions in the Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Ft. Wayne, Indiana area. In 1995 she launched the “Parish Nursing” program at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Following her graduation from Concordia, Ft. Wayne, she was a Deaconess/Parish Nurse at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and most recently, she returned to Grand Rapids where she served as a clinical charge nurse at Metron of Forest Hills, where she worked with long-term care, rehabilitation, and hospice patients.
“It’s a privilege to serve Concordia Lutheran Ministries. I am thrilled to be here and look forward to serving God’s people,” said Doris.
Deaconess Kayser will complement the chaplaincy staff as the third full-time deaconess. Her duties will include visitation and chaplaincy support for Good Samaritan Hospice.
President and CEO Keith E. Frndak said, “A professional with the kind of experience Deaconess Kayser owns is indeed a rare blessing that Concordia can steward wisely .”