Nurses Unit History

HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL NURSES UNIT

CHURCHES OF GOD IN CHRIST, INC.

 

In 1950, the National Nurses Unit was organized by Mother Regina Lawrence under the direction of Mother Lillian Brooks, the General Supervisor, Women Department of the Churches of God in Christ. Mother Lawrence was one of the first black registered nurses in Florida.  Mother Lawrence provided nursing services for the National Convocation and the Women’s Convention at its inception.

Mother Lawrence was the sister of State Supervisor, Mother Gussie Gamble of Eastern Florida.  She provided services during their state settings.  At National meetings, Mother Lawrence was assisted by Sister Lenora Robinson of Southern California First Jurisdiction, Sis. Sis. Jean Brooks, Queen Martin and others. 

During the National Convocations, Mother Lawrence lived and worked in the infirmary in Mason Temple.  She served the saints in this capacity for many years.

During the Women’s Convention in Miami in 1976, State Supervisor, Mother Gussie Gamble appointed Dr. Patricia Seabrooks, State Nurses Unit President for Eastern Florida.  Dr. Seabrooks worked closely with her mentor, Mother Lawrence whose health was failing.  While assisting Mother Lawrence at the 1976 National Holy Convocation, Dr. Seabrooks found a large group of nurses who sold souvenir books, dispensed water and juice.  She recruited these nurses for the unit. Mother Lawrence who owned a small nursing home, brought medicine to the unit for the saints use.

Mother Lawrence was too ill to attend the 1977 Women’s Convention in Houston.  Dr. Seabrooks was assigned to supervise the National Nurses Unit in Mother Lawrence place.  After Mother Lawrence homegoing, Mother Mattie McGlothen, General Supervisor appointed Dr. Patricia Seabrooks National Nurses Unit President at the 1977, National Holy Convocation.

Dr. Seabrooks worked untiringly as the National Nurses Unit President.  Under her leadership the International, National, District and Local Nurses Units have flourished.  The Nurses Unit’s Handbook was published and was available in our bookstore.  Annual Tours of the National Women’s Convention host city are available for saints, for raises funds for Nursing scholarships.  There is also an Annual Scholarship Banquet held during the National Holy Convocation.  At the Banquet, awards are given to Nurses.   The Lenora Robinson Scholarship Award for Nursing Student Education, The Gussie Gamble Award for Outstanding Committed service.  The Regina Lawrence Workers Award for selling the most tickets and having the most people attending the scholarship banquet.   She also established a program to recognize Nursing Units as Chapters at the Jurisdictional level.   

Dr. Seabrooks served as President for 22 years.  In 1999 she resigned her position to assist her husband in a new ministry. She left the Unit with a vision to move to a new level. 

Missionary Anita Farrish was appointed President of the National Nurses Unit in 2000 at the National Women’s Convention by Mother Willie Mae Rivers, General Supervisor. Missionary Farrish served for 10 years. Under her leadership the Unit has moved to a new level.  The unit has published yearly health calendars for the saints, a National Nurses Unit and Health Professionals Directory, a new Nurses Unit handbook, Three National Health Educators and established an Award for Nurse of the Year.

Missionary Sharon Woodfox-Ryan was appointed in 2011, Missionary Woodfox-Ryan is a Certified Parish nurse, Health Ministry Consultant.

Our units includes all health professionals. The Nurses Unit motto is “Nursing is love in Action”. Saints, Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.  3 John 2 

Please put your love into action by volunteering to serve our saints in the Nurses Unit.

 
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