Religiöse Gemeinschaften und nachhaltige Entwicklung

Rev. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dietrich Werner


Professional Qualification
  • Ordained Pastor of Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Northern Germany
  • Lecturer and Honorary Professor in Intercultural Theology/Ecumenism/Development Studies in University of Applied Science for Intercultural Theology in Hermannsburg;
  • former Lecturer and Director of Studies in Hamburg University, Missionsacademy
  • former university assistant at the Faculty of Protestant Theology/Ecumenical Institute in University Bochum
  • PhD 1993 with Prof. Konrad Raiser with a thesis on ecumenical missiology („Mission für das Leben - Mission im Kontext. Ökumenische Perspektiven missionarischer Präsenz in der Diskussion des ÖRK 1961-1991“) (summa cum laude)
  • part time lecturer at Bossey Ecumenical Institute
  • former Director of the Program on Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE) at the WCC in Geneva (2007-2014)
  • Senior Theological Advisor of Bred for the World, Berlin and Head of Ecumenical Theological Relations Unit (2014 to 2022)
  • Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University, Faculty for Protestant Theology/Practical Theology; Research Unit on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development;
  • Former Member of National EKD commission on sustainable development;
  • Former Member of Advisory Council on Religion and Foreign Policy of German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Advisor to Advisory Working Group on Religion and Development of BMZ, Berlin;


Professional Periods
  • Studies of Protestant Theology in Göttingen, Tübingen, Edinburgh, Geneva
  • Local Parish Pastor in Lower Saxony (Oldenburg 1984-1987)
  • Teaching and Research Period at University Bochum (1989-1993) and University Hamburg (1993-2000)
  • Honorary Professor at United Theological College in Bangalore, India (UTC Bangalore) (1999);
  • Director of Studies Studienleiter at Missionsakademy Hamburg, University of Hamburg, Theological Fakulty (1993-2000);
  • Executive Director for Ecumenical Formation and Research at the Missions-Agency Nordelbischen Missionszentrum, Hamburg; and at Christian Jensen Kolleg Breklum; Member of regional church synod and theological commission (2000-2007);
  • Director of Theological Education Program (ETE) at the WCC Geneva (2007-2014) and co-founder of the Global Digital Library for Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib);
  • Senior Theological Advisor to Bread for the World – Church Development Services (Brot für die Welt), Berlin (2014-2022)


Thematic Areas and Competences
  • Theological Research and Publications in the area of world mission, ecumenical movement, World Christianity, theology and development, theological education, intercultural theology and interreligious dialogue;
  • collaboration with ecumenical organizations inside and outside Germany (EMW, UEM, regional mission societies, national committee on ecumenism EKD, national committee on sustainable development,  regional ecumenical organizations (AACC, CCA, MECC and others);
  • collaboration with national conferences (EKD; KDE; VEF and others)
  • collaboration with various programs of WCC
  • collaboration with international publishers (OCMS – Regnum Books and others)
  • dialogue and accompaniment work with migrant churches in Germany;
  • leadership skills in team-work, accompaniment of fellow researchers, colleagues and students
  • accompaniment of scholarship holders and intercultural theological programs 
  • founder and architect of the tradition of Global Ecumenical Theological Institutes (GETI) to be held alongside major conferences and WCC assemblies
  • trained in pastoral counselling and expert in intercultural church music;