Gottfried Locher elected President of Europe’s Protestants

FSPC President Gottfried Locher is the new Executive President of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE). The Council of the European Association, which met in Brussels, elected Locher to succeed Friedrich Weber, the Bishop of Braunschweig, who passed away in January.
The CPCE Presidium from left to right: Michael Weinrich, Klára Tarr Cselovszky, Gottfried Locher. Picture: CPCE

The CPCE represents about 500 million Protestants in about one hundred Reformed, United, Lutheran, Methodist and Pre-Reformation Churches from over thirty European countries. The three-person Presidium is completed by Klára Tarr Cselovzky, External Relations Director of the Lutheran Church of Hungary, and Michael Weinrich, Professor of Systematic Theology at Ruhr University in Bochum.

“Once again, Europe is facing enormous challenges,” said Gottfried Locher regarding the current refugee crisis. “Once again, the unified voice of Protestantism is indispensable. Let us testify to the Gospel in social, political and ethical contexts.” Gottfried Locher, who had been elected into the three-person Presidium in 2012, now takes on an executive function until the next CPCE General Assembly in 2018, which will take place in Basel, hosted by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and the Protestant Reformed Church of Basel City. One year prior to that, in March 2017, the FSPC, in cooperation with the Reformed Churches of Bern-Jura-Solothurn, will host the Third Gathering of Synod Members in Bern.