The Health Ministries Association Wilkerson – Droege Award was created in 2002 to honor Sister June Wilkerson and The Rev. Thomas Droege, two legendary leaders in the faith – health movement. They were the inaugural award recipients in 2002. The award is given to an outstanding HMA member who exemplifies vision, creativity and faithfulness to the faith and health movement.
*Nominations for 2019 are now open.
Peggy Matteson, PhD, MS, RN – 2018 Wilkerson-Droege Award
Peggy Matteson, PhD, MS, RN has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Wilkerson-Droege Award which is given each year by the Health Ministries Association to an outstanding HMA member who exemplifies vision, creativity and faithfulness to the faith and health movement. This award was created to honor Sister June Wilkerson and The Rev. Thomas Droege, two legendary leaders in the faith–health movement.
Peggy has served as a dedicated member in multiple HMA administrative positions with visionary leadership. She was the board chair for Education, chair of the National Conference Planning Committee, and national liaison with multiple denominations before serving as HMA President. She masterminded development of the Health Ministry Journal and served on its editorial board. She chaired revision of the second edition of the Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing Practice which transitioned the specialty’s title from Parish Nursing to Faith Community Nursing. She continues to be recognized as a mentor within HMA.
Peggy’s commitment to health ministry is also evident in her call to ministry within the United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination. She first served at Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church, UCC in Dartmouth, MA for 7 years and then served as the Faith Community Nurse at United Congregational Church in Middletown, RI for 11 years.
In 2004 she was installed as a Commissioned Minister of Congregational Health. She served as adjunct faculty at Andover-Newton Theological School teaching health ministry courses to Divinity students and lay leaders. Her publications and speaking events are extensive. She wrote a monograph titled I am… which is a program of spiritual development and support for women living with cancer. She currently serves as an Authorized Minister of Congregational Health in the Rhode Island Conference of the UCC. She is the editor of the UCC Faith Community Nurse Health Ministry Newsletter, Mind, Body, Spirit: Linking Lives for Health and Wholeness. Peggy continues to lead and counsel as a gifted advocate through her practice and ministry.
The following recipients have shown their deep dedication to the health ministry movement and a strong, committed leadership in the Health Ministry Association. Their leadership was pivotal in establishing a firm foundation and vision for the future… both of which serve us well today and are the blueprint for the further growth of this ministry of care. To find out more about the recipient click on their name.
- 2017 – 28th Annual National Conference, Erlanger, KY, Alyson J. Breisch
- 2016 – 27th Annual National Conference, Chandler, AZ, Ronnette Sailors
- 2015 – 26th Annual National Conference, New Orleans, LA, Craig Schneider
- 2014 – 25th Annual National Conference, Hyattsville, MD, Dorothy Wagner
- 2013 – 24rd Annual National Conference, South Lake Tahoe, NV, Nancy L. Rago Durbin
- 2012 – 23rd Annual National Conference, Nashville, TN, Ameldia Brown
- 2009 – 22nd Anniversary Year Regional Conference, Covington, KY, Sharon Becker
- 2007 – 21st Annual National Conference, San Antonio, TX, Linda Pape
- 2006 – 20th Annual National Conference, Durham, NC, Lois Peacock
- 2005 – 19th Annual National Conference, Omaha, NE, Sharon Stanton
- 2004 – 18th Annual National Conference, Seattle, WA, Dr. Dave Hilton
- 2003 – 17th Annual National Conference, Valley Forge, PA, Norma Small & Dave Carlson
- 2002 – 16th Annual National Conference, Asilomar, CA, Sister June Wilkerson & Reverend Dr.Thomas Droege