Scott Hutchinson has been a pastor in the United Church of Christ for 29 years. In addition to the thrill of proclaiming the gospel and the privilege of pastoral care, he loves to teach and learn the ways of forgiveness and peace-building. His formal education includes degrees in divinity, counseling and human relations and social work, with additional schooling in trauma healing and family therapy. He worked for thirteen years in counseling and community mental health settings prior to becoming a pastor and served as a prison chaplain.
He first taught The Transforming Power of Forgiveness as a course at a nearby seminary. The experience was dynamic and life-giving. Over the years, Scott has led multiple courses and workshops on forgiveness in community settings, faith communities and liberation schools. He has worked with CPE students, exploring the power of forgiveness and its application in their pastoral work and spiritual growth.
Scott has taught and consulted with congregations experiencing deep brokenness and division, and has worked with wounded pastors. Another significant focus of his ministry has been in tending the soul wounds of war borne by veterans, their families and communities. When people inquire about his passion for and immersion in the subject of forgiveness, he explains that his life has also been a laboratory in it!