Scott Hinrichs

Job Title

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Bethel Seminary


Scott Hinrichs serves as adjunct faculty, teaching Introduction to Pastoral Care. He is also an ACPE Certified Educator, supervising programs of Clinical Pastoral Education at North Memorial Health, Robbinsdale, MN.

Started at Bethel



  • University of Minnesota - Bachelor of Arts, 1971
  • Bethel Theological Seminary - Master of Divinity, 1976
  • Bethel Seminary - Doctor of Ministry, 2002


After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Rev. Hinrichs received Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency at Rochester Methodist Hospital (Mayo) in Rochester, MN and CPE Supervisory education at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Currently he is Chaplain/CPE Lead, North Memorial Health, Robbinsdale, MN. Previously he served as Vice President - Mission/Bioethics/Spiritual Care at HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, MN (1993-2013) and Director of Chaplaincy and Instructor, Dept. of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH (1980-1993).

Courses Taught

Introduction to Pastoral Care PC512


Study: Faith-Based Identity Within A Pluralistic Society,HealthEast Care System, primary author, 2002

Perspectives on Suffering: Exploring the Why Question,Doctor of Ministry Thesis, May 2002,

"Biomedical Ethics and Clinical Pastoral Education," co-author, Rev. William Nelson, Ph.D., Journal of Pastoral Care, Vol. XXXIX, No. 3, Sept., 1985

Book Review, Human Medicine, by James B. Nelson and Joanne Smith Rohricht, Journal of Pastoral Care, Vol. XXXIX, No. 3, September 1985

ACPE Accreditation Manual, primary author, 1989


Topics: Theology of Suffering, Bereavement, End-of-Life Care, Bioethics, Call to Ministry, Health Care Ministry, Pastoral Theology, Empathy

Certificates and Licenses

Ordained: Converge/Baptist General Conference 1977

Endorsed Institutional Chaplain: Converge/Baptist General Conference

Board Certified Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains

ACPE Certified Educator, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

American Association of Bioethics

HealthEast Ethics Committee, HealthEast Care System, St. Paul, MN. Co-Chair

HealthEast Board Quality of Care Committee, HealthEast Care System, St. Paul, MN

Blueprint Group, HealthEast Care System, St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics, Board Member/Chair, Minneapolis, MN

Twin Cities Christian Homes, Board Member

Prison Ministries United, Board member, St. Paul, MN

Spring Lake Park Baptist Church, Council member, Spring Lake Park, MN

David's House, Hanover, NH, Advisory Board, Corporation member

Ministers in Medical Education, Society for Health and Human Values

Hitchcock Employee Projects Committee - DHMC

Ethics/Infant Care Review Committee - DHMC

Palliative Care Team - DHMC

Provider's Council - Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH

Upper Valley Hostel, Hanover, NH

Hobbies and Interests

Photography, reading, writing, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking.