The Donald F. Hinchey Scholarship Fund

 The Donald F. Hinchey Scholarship Fund
Financial Assistance for the Education of Church Workers


In 1999, as members of Our Father Lutheran Church celebrated their 25th year of ministry, they recognized their pastor’s 25th year of service to them as well. Rev. Donald F. Hinchey, Our Father’s founding pastor, was honored with a gift of $68,000, the beginning of the Donald F. Hinchey Scholarship Fund. The Fund’s purpose is to aid in defraying the financial burdens to those pursuing careers as full-time church workers.

Since its inception, the Fund balance has grown substantially to offer financial aid to those who have heard the Lord’s call to ministry and have responded by offering their lives to His service. Though Rev. Hinchey retired from ministry at Our Father in 2010, his years of service will live in legacy through these scholarships and future pastors and church professionals will be able to respond to God’s call through the generosity of so many members and friends of Our Father Lutheran Church.



  • Young men and women who feel the calling to pursue training as Lutheran pastors, Directors of Christian Education, educators, deaconesses or other church ministries may apply.
  • Candidates may apply during their second or subsequent years of undergraduate school.
  • Candidates must be enrolled as full-time students in declared majors of full-time church work. (Graduate students need not be full-time students.)
  • Scholarship awards are for one year, but may be renewed annually.

A Gift that Keeps on Giving…

As of 2020, the Fund has given financial assistance totaling over $325,000 to nearly 100 young men and women who have given their lives to their Lord and His church in a variety of professional careers. In the giving of their gifts in full-time ministry, the Gospel is proclaimed and lived among God’s people, giving life and eternal life over and over again.


How Can I Apply?

The Scholarship application can be found HERE or from the church office. Please complete the PDF form or you can print and complete the form. Email or mailing instructions are included on the application. Your application must provide complete information and a photo similar to a passport photo. A representative from the Board of Directors will be in touch with you to schedule and interview at a time that is convenient for you.


How Can I Contribute to the Fund?

This financial assistance for the education of church workers is made possible through the generous giving of our donors. Contributions can be made by online by clicking here and inputing  ‘DFH Scholarship Fund’ in the “OTHER” box on the donation form.  You may also send checks made payable to Our Father Lutheran Church with ‘DFH Scholarship Fund’ in the memo line and mailed to:

Our Father Lutheran Church
6335 S Holly Street
Centennial, CO 80121


Then I heard a voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8