Mary Chase-Ziolek

Mary Chase-Ziolek

Professor of Health Ministries and Nursing

Classes taught: Faith, Health, and Community Development; Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health; Spiritual Issues in Chronic Illness and Disability

At North Park since: 1999

As a faculty member in both North Park University’s School of Nursing and Theological Seminary, Dr. Mary Chase-Ziolek appreciates the opportunity to integrate her faith in her work and to make connections between faith and health.

“In my seminary classes, we are looking at the connections between faith and health for churches and individuals,” Dr. Chase-Ziolek says. “My graduate nursing students consider the role of churches as partners in improving the health of their communities, as well as the influence of religion and spirituality on individual health behaviors.” She is committed to bringing in different cultural voices and readings to her classroom, and draws on the diverse cultural experiences of her students.

After completing their studies, Dr. Chase-Ziolek’s seminary students have pursued work in churches, chaplaincy, and parachurch or community organizations.

Dr. Chase-Ziolek's professional experience has focused on faith and health ministries since 1991, when she served as the coordinator of geriatric health ministry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In this position, she developed an ecumenical, multiethnic network of congregations involved in health promotion. She has also managed several clinics and initiatives for community organizations including the Japanese American Service Committee and the Council for Jewish Elderly. 
Dr. Chase-Ziolek's work in health ministry has included identifying the unique aspects of providing and receiving nursing care in a congregation, engaging congregations in promoting the health of their communities, spirituality and personal health, seminary wellness, and faith and food. She is active in national professional organizations that address faith and health work and locally serves on the advisory board for the Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation and the Clinical Pastoral Education professional advisory group for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.


  • PhD, Nursing, Loyola University Chicago
  • MS, Public Health Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BS, Nursing, Rush University
  • BA, Anthropology, Beloit College

Recent Publications

  • Mary Chase-Ziolek. “Honoring the Body: Nurturing Wellness through Seminary Curriculum and Community Life.” Theological Education, 46 (1), 67–78, 2010.
  • Mary Chase-Ziolek. “The Arts as a Lens for Understanding Spiritual Issues in Chronic Illness and Disability.” Teaching Theology and Religion, 12 (4), 348, 2009.
  • Mary Chase-Ziolek. “Repairing, Restoring, and Re-visioning the Health of Our Communities: The Challenge of Isaiah 58.” ExAuditu (21), 150–164, 2005.
  • Mary Chase-Ziolek. Health, Healing and Wholeness: Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2005.

“In my classes, we are looking at the connections between faith and health for churches and individuals.”