Our Leadership


Executive Director
Don DeBoer joined Nursing Home Ministries as one of the original Board members when NHM was incorporated in October of 1975. In the early 80’s, he served as secretary to the Board and later as its president.

After an early retirement, he was appointed as Executive Director of the ministry in February of 1992. At that time there were under 50 chaplains serving along the I-5 corridor from Portland to Southern California. In the last 20 years, God has grown this ministry to nearly 200 active chaplains serving in 11 states.

Don and his wife have been privileged to meet most of these chaplains personally. They have also shared with leaders of other care center ministries nationwide as part of the Christian Fellowship of Care Center Ministries (CFCCM). They feel that Nursing Home Ministries could well be the largest care center chaplaincy ministry in the country.


Associate Director
Our Portland District Chaplain and the Ministries’ Associate Director, Dr. John Schneider, has been a part of NHM since he was commissioned as a chaplain by the Board in 1997. In addition to his duties as Associate Director to Don DeBoer, John serves as a chaplain in four care facilities in the greater Portland area.

John comes from a pastoral and educational background, having pastored churches in Montana, North Dakota and Oregon, as well as having taught in a Christian high school for ten years. John has been married to his beautiful wife, Sandy, for nearly 40 years and they have three grown children and six exceptional grandchildren.


Office Administrator
Our most senior chaplain and current Office Administrator, Jean Whipple, was commissioned by our Board of Directors at their November 1978 meeting.

Jean had recently graduated from Multnomah School of the Bible’s Grad Course and was for years our youngest chaplain as well as part of our staff. She had been hired to serve as secretary to our founders, but requested that each week she would have time to minister to residents at some local care centers. Jean has ministered to the residents of Care Center East for thirty-four years - that’s longer then any of the facilities' employees. She also ministered in Baptist Manor until they closed and now visits residents at Park Forest every week.

Jean is this ministry’s only full time employee and has truly been God’s gift to Nursing Home Ministries, Inc.