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Christian Ministry in Action

Verna Mitchell serves as a Resident Assistant at Harmony River in Hutchinson, MN. She truly lives out our mission to enrich the lives and touch the hearts of older adults with her unwavering faith and uplifting spirit. The residents at Presbyterian Homes & Services have been blessed with Verna’s magnanimous spirit for 13 years!

She says, “I love coming to work every day to put smiles on the faces of my residents and coworkers and making them happy.” 

She certainly does create smiles and happiness wherever she goes.

Verna has made her mark in so many ways on the people she serves, often with a prayer or encouraging word. She was nominated several times by her coworkers to receive the Christian Ministry CROSS Award at PHS. 

One of the nominations shared a touching story about Verna and a blind resident. 

Verna connected with this particular resident on a spiritual level. Knowing that the resident desired daily prayer and worship, Verna read daily her devotions and scripture. She also ensured that the resident’s favorite worship music was always playing to uplift her spirits. Each week, Verna ensured that the resident’s TV was tuned in to the Harmony River “chapel channel” so she could listen to the worship services from the comfort of her room.

Verna simply doesn’t hesitate to minister on a spiritual level to residents and coworkers alike, she is a shining example of Christian Ministry at PHS!

Watch this video to learn more about Verna:

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About the PHS CROSS Awards

The CROSS Awards, initiated in 2019, are presented to employees nominated by coworkers, residents or friends of PHS for the ways in which they live out our CROSS values:


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