Evangelical Church of Westphalia
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Evangelical Church of Westphalia

The Lutheran Church of Westphalia (German: Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen, EKvW) is a United Protestant church body in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Lutheran Church of Westphalia

The seat of the praeses (German: Präses, the head of the church) is Bielefeld. The EKvW emerged on June 13, 1945, when the ecclesiastical province of Westphalia within the Lutheran Church of the old-Prussian Union assumed its independence as church body of its own. The EKvW is a full member of the Lutheran Church in Germany (EKD),and the Reformed Alliance[1] and is a church whose bases are in a Union between parishes in Lutheran and Calvinistic traditions. The church is also a member of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe. Because the church is not run by a "bishop" there is no cathedral. Präses (President) of the church is Annette Kurschus (2012). Annette Kurschus became the first female praeses of the Lutheran Church of Westphalia in 2011.

Präses (President)

  • 1834-1835: Jakob von der Kuhlen
  • 1835-1841: Christian Nonne
  • 1841-1843: Bernhard Jacobi
  • 1844-1874: Wilhelm Diedrich Albert
  • 1874-1902: Ludwig Polscher
  • 1902-1914: Friedrich König
  • 1914-1927: Heinrich Kockelke
  • 1927-1949: Karl Koch (until 1934 Präses der Provinzialsynode, 1934-1945 of Bekenntnissynode, since 1945 of synode)
  • 1949-1968: Ernst Wilm
  • 1969-1977: Hans Thimme
  • 1977-1985: Heinrich Reiß
  • 1985-1996: Hans-Martin Linnemann
  • 1996-2004: Manfred Sorg
  • 2004-2012: Alfred Buß
  • 2012-: Annette Kurschus


Ordination of women and blessing of same-sex marriages were allowed.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) www.reformierter-bund.de/side.php?news_id=113&part_id=0&navi=1
  2. ^ Landeskirche Westfalen:Neu: Trauung auch für gleichgeschlechtliche Ehepaare und konfessionslose Ehepartner, ,,Gottes Segen gilt für alle Ehepaare", 20 November 2019
  3. ^ Evangelisch.de: Westfälische Kirche stellt Trauung von Homo-Paaren mit Ehe gleich, 20. November 2019
  4. ^ Neue Westfälische Nachrichten: Landeskirche von Westfalen stellt Homosexuelle vor Traualtar gleich, 20 November 2019

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Coordinates: 52°01?16.98?N 8°31?59.16?E / 52.0213833°N 8.5331000°E / 52.0213833; 8.5331000

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