Learning to Care for the Spirit

Combining ACPE accredited spiritual education with the premier medical care of North Memorial Health.

Learn the sacred practice of ministry and reflection with a supervisor and peers. Clinical Pastoral Education, or CPE, includes in-depth study of “living human documents,” meaning both the people who are receiving care and the self. Students meet as a group to review case studies, discuss issues of practical theology, critique each other’s pastoral work, and participate in didactic seminars. Students also receive individual consultation with an ACPE Certified Educator. Accredited by ACPE, we are devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers in a multicultural, multi-faith setting.

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North Memorial Health Advantage

Our program offers a respectful, safe, small-group environment that focuses on action-reflection learning.

We foster your professional development through:

  • Personal goal-setting and ongoing reflection
  • Theological and spiritual reflection
  • Facilitated peer discussion
  • Collaboration with hospital staff and customers
  • Mentorships with chaplains
  • Consultation with ACPE Certified Educator
  • Evaluation process

North Memorial Health’s wide range of clinical settings offers incredible opportunities for practicing ministry, including:

  • Cancer care
  • Emergency Care
  • Heart and Vascular
  • ICU
  • Level I Trauma Center
  • Medical and Surgical units
  • Neonatal ICU (NICU)
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Palliative Care

Learn More

verlyn hemmen headshotRev. Dr. Verlyn D. Hemmen | Chaplain and CPE Lead

Verlyn has been a Certified Educator since 2005. His undergraduate degree is in psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He has an M. Div. and a D. Min. from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He has been a congregational minister for 20 years – serving three different churches – and worked for Allina Health from 1997 to 2019 as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and as the director of the department starting in 2012. Besides being the CPE Lead at North Memorial Health, he works one day each week at Peace Reformed Church in Eagan. He has been married to his wife Kay for over 45 years. Together they have a son and a daughter (both married and each with a son and a daughter). In his down time, Verlyn enjoys sports, folk music, movies and riding his 1999 Harley Davidson Springer.

Applying to the Program

It’s free and simple to get started with us. Download the standard application form and email the completed document to the CPE Lead, Rev. Dr. Verlyn D. Hemmen.


$750 (deposit due upon admission, balance due on the first day of the CPE unit)

Student Rights
North Memorial Health does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, faith group, or national origin.

North Memorial Health CPE Program guarantees to its students the right to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specify control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.

North Memorial Health is an accredited center to offer programs of Clinical Pastoral Education by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Inc. (ACPE). ACPE is the premier, DOE-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
One West Court Square, Ste. 325
Decatur, GA 30030

Contact Information
North Memorial CPE Program

North Memorial Pastoral Care

CPE Lead
Rev. Dr. Verlyn D. Hemmen