About our church

Bishop

The bishop is the leading clergyman in the regional church and leads it by word and sacrament.  

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Dr Carsten Rentzing

Dr Carsten Rentzing has been the 8th Saxon bishop holding office since 29 August 2015.

Carsten Rentzing comes from West Berlin, where he was born in the Spandau district of the city on 27 September 1967. After attending school, he studied law and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin and began to study Lutheran theology in 1989, following his conversion. Rentzing concluded his studies in theology and philosophy in Berlin, Frankfurt/Main and Oberursel by passing the first theological exams and applied to work as a curate in Saxony. He completed his preparatory period by gaining experience in the local churches in Oelsnitz and Zwota between 1997 and 1999.

After passing his second theological exams in Dresden in 1999, Rentzing was ordained as a pastor at Annaberg-Buchholz in the Erzgebirge region and began to work there. At the same time, he gained his doctorate in “The treatment of evil in Karl Barth and Martin Luther” at the University of Leipzig and he began working as a pastor at Markneukirchen in the Vogtland region in 2010.

Rentzing was chairman of the Association for Church Social Welfare Work in Markneukirchen and therefore the honorary managing director of its different centres.

Rentzing was a member of the 26th regional synod as a pastor, a Saxon representative at the 11th EKD synod and vice-president of the 11th general synod of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD). He is also a member of the current 27th regional synod.

Bishop Rentzing represents the Regional Church of Saxony at the 12th EKD synod and the 12th general synod of the VELKD. He was elected president of the Martin Luther Federation in 2016.

He is married to pastor Maria Rentzing. They have four children.

Kontakt:

Bischofskanzlei
An der Kreuzkirche 6
D-01067 Dresden

Phone: +49-351 3105724
Fax: +49-351 3400281

E-Mail: bischof@evlks.de


The tasks and functions of the bishop

The bishop is the leading clergyman in the regional church and leads it by word and sacrament.

One of the most important tasks of the bishop is to guarantee the unity of the regional church and strengthen it.  

His tasks also include discussing matters with churches, pastors and ordinary members and strengthening them in their spiritual walk. He is a counsellor for the pastors in the regional church and supports them in their work.

The bishop represents the regional church in public and expresses the regional church’s point of view on current social issues based on its Christian mission. He maintains contacts with other Christian churches in Saxony and the Evangelical churches in Germany.

The bishop is elected by a secret vote at the regional synod to serve for 12 years.

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