DesAnne Hippe

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DesAnne Hippe brings with her over 20 years of experience teaching systematic theology, ethics, and practical ministry on campus, online, and in the church. Over the years, she has taught for Marquette University, Trinity International University's Milwaukee extension site, Bethel Seminary, and Wesley Seminary. This experience, along with her time working as a psychiatric social worker and a pastor, helps her to equip her students and ministry leaders in solid biblical and theological foundations in ways that empower them to have practical, impactful expressions of their faith in their ministry.

Started at Bethel



  • Berea College - B.A., 1990
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - M.S.W.; Certificate in Theology, 1993
  • Marquette University - Ph.D., 2002


Dr. Hippe earned her M.S.W. in church social work and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the areas of systematic theology, ethics, and philosophy. Before moving to the Twin Cities, she lived according to Christian Community Development Association principles in the central city of Milwaukee, WI with her husband and two daughters. She actively served her community in Milwaukee through work on racial justice and bridge building, and continues to maintain those ministry relationships. Her passion is to support and equip Christians as they minister in challenging spaces.

Courses Taught

Systematic Theology

Christian Social Ethics

Integrative Seminar

Forgiveness and Restorative Justice


Forum for Theological Exploration, Vocational Resources Grant (2017). Used to develop the curriculum for a nonprofit urban immersion program.

Bethel University, Alumni Association Faculty Grant (2023). Used to develop a course for Bethel Seminary, "Theological Foundations for Ministry Challenges."

Certificates and Licenses

Ordained minister, Converge

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Society of Christian Ethics

North American Association of Christians in Social Work

Center for Pastor Theologians