Some information about us
The Christian community of Jerusalem has always been multi-ethnic, diverse and multi-lingual. Here, you will find Greeks and Armenians, Syrians, Coptic Christians from Egypt, Ethiopians, Maronites with Lebanese background, Orthodox Russians, Palestinians, and Hebrew Christians praying side by side. As a German speaking Protestant Church, we are a vital part of the ecumenical landscape of Christian churches in Jerusalem.
Our friends in Jerusalem usually call us "the German speaking Lutherans". However, we are not only Lutherans - but also Reformed (Calvinist), United and other Protestant Christians under the roof of the "Evangelical Church in Germany" (EKD).
In the State of Israel, the Palestinian Territories and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the EKD is maintaining its ministries through three foundations:
- The Evangelical Jerusalem Foundation (EJF)
- The Kaiserin Augusta Victoria Foundation (KAVF)
- The German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (GPIA)
In our pastoral as well as in our educational ministries, we are committed to mutual accompaniment with our Palestinian Lutheran partners (the ELCJHL), to the renewal of Jewish-Christian relations, and to dialogue with our Muslim neighbors.
Our leadership team in Jerusalem consists of the Propst (head of the pastoral ministries) and the Director General of our Archaeological Institute (head of the educational ministries).
Other members of our team in Jerusalem and Amman are the Administrative Director, the Director of Studies (Studienleiter), the Pastors for Tourists and Pilgrims, the Director of our Archaeological Institute in Amman, the Assistant Pastors (Pfarrvikare) in Amman and Jerusalem, the Manager of our Guest House, and plenty of local staff.
Our ministries include:
The Church of the Redeemer
The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Jerusalem with its German speaking congregation and the "Propstei", our church house.
The Church of the Ascension at the "Kaiserin Auguste Victoria Foundation" on the Mount of Olives - together with our Center for Pilgrims and Tourists and the famous "Café Auguste Victoria".
The "Lutheran Guesthouse / Guesthouse of the Propst" in the Old City.
The GPIA with its Archaeological Research Institutes in Jerusalem and in Amman, Jordan.
The Study Program "Studium in Israel" - one year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
And of course, our German speaking Congregation in Amman, Jordan.