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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer

Systematic Theology in an Intercultural Perspective 

Rektor Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer
Tel.: 05052 48101-31


Academic and professional career

Year of birth: 1956

Theological Studies in Wuppertal, Tübingen and Marburg

Doctor of Theology  (1987 Philipp University Marburg / Germany); thesis in Systematic Theology, titled: “Die Wandlungen der natürlichen Theologie in der Neuzeit” / “Transformations of Natural Theology in Modern History” Frankfurt: Lang, 1989.

Habilitation in Missiology and Religious Sciences (2001 Augustana-Hochschule Neuendettelsau / Germany); title of thesis: “Religionswechsel und Christologie. Christliche Theologie in Ostafrika vor dem Hintergrund religiöser Syntheseprozesse” / “Religious Change and Christology. Christian Theology in East Africa set against the background processes of Religious Synthesis”, Erlangen: Erlanger Verlag, 2007 (Germ. orig. 2003). 

Occupational History

Assistant teacher at the Philipp University of Marburg, Germany (1983-1986)

Pastor of the Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate - Waldeck, Germany (ordained in 1985)

Pastor in Melsungen, Kirchhof and Kehrenbach, Germany (1986-1990) and pastoral internship in Mlalo, North-East Diocese of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Tanzania, ELCT (1991-1992)

Lecturer for Systematic and Historical Theology at Makumira University College of ELCT-run Tumaini University, East Africa (1992-1998), employed be the United Evangelical Mission, VEM, Wuppertal

Head of the Department for Ecumenism, Global Mission and Development Issues at the Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate - Waldeck, Germany (1999-2012)

Assistant Professor (2002-2008) and Adjunct Professor (2008-2012) for Mission Theology and Religious Science at Philipp University of Marburg, Germany

Professor for Systematic Theology in an Intercultural Perspective at University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (since October 2012); since October 2018, Rector of the University.

More About Me

Still attached to our rural roots, I live with my family in the countryside, near Marburg where my wife and I grew up. As a Christian and Theologian, I have been deeply influenced by Lutheranism, by a very critical thinking with regards to socio-political issues and by an open-minded pietism as practised by Zinzendorf. I love to sing together with other people (e.g. Paul Gerhardt-chorales), and I equally enjoy to listen to Bach as well as pop music (also from my “second home country” Tanzania), which often makes me dance with pleasure. In addition, besides reading novels, I am a passionate jogger and a soccer fan.