The Reverend Albert H. Scholten

The Reverend Albert H. Scholten


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Albert Henry Scholten, 93, of Middletown, CT who died at home on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Rev. Scholten was born on December 7, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of the late Albert, Sr. and Agnes (Hedlund) Scholten. He graduated from Pine City High School in 1941 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1944 to 1946. He earned the rank of corporal and participated in action against the enemy at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands and the occupation of China. In 1946 he married Nila Clark and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota in 1950 and from Drew Theological Seminary in 1954.

Rev. Scholten began his ministry in the New York East Conference in 1954 at Westhampton Methodist Church in NY. He served Simpson Methodist Church in Amityville, NY from 1955 to 1964 and First UMC in Middletown, CT from 1964 until his retirement in 1994. He was also program director at Camp Quinipet in Shelter Island, NY for one week per summer for seventeen years, and served on various New York Conference committees, including the Board of Ordained Ministry, Town and Country Committee, Central District Nominating Committee and District Committee on the Superintendency.

After his retirement from First UMC in Middletown, he served as a minister of visitation for twelve years at Prospect UMC in Bristol, CT. He was treasurer of the Interchurch Chaplaincy Program of Connecticut and was a co-chair and member of the Hark L. Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Rev. Scholten’s wife Nila predeceased him in 2009. He is survived by two sons, James Scholten and his wife, Debra, of New Britain , CT and John Scholten and his wife, Laura, of Durham, CT; two daughters, Mary Tew and her husband, Everett, of Barkhamsted, CT and Dara Parent and her husband, John, of Middletown, CT; seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brother, James Scholten, and a grandson, Alin Clark Tew.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm at South Congregational Church, 9 Pleasant Street, Middletown, CT with Barbara Marks, pastor of First UMC in Middletown, officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rev. Scholten’s memory may be made to First UMC Building Fund, 221 Ridge Road, Middletown, CT 06457. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit