Germany

Presbyterian World Mission has several mission co-workers serving in Germany. While one couple is serving as educators, others are doing a combination of social service work, pastoral ministry and administrative work, mostly concentrated in helping displaced persons. Our work assists Iranian Christians who have fled their home country to seek safety in Germany and need resources for themselves and their families, as well as churches that speak their language and particular faith needs. We also minister to the Roma people.

Our partner churches serve in many ways, but most often have a social service element entwined with their ministry.

Jay and Nancy Adams
Jay and Nancy Adams have a shared partnership appointment as school administrators and teachers at the Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany, with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s World Mission, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, and Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, Minnesota. Black Forest Academy is an intermission boarding school that primarily serves children of missionaries. Together, Jay and Nancy have been class sponsors and substitute dorm parents. They have led four evangelistic English camps as Christian outreach to teens in Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Italy. Read more about their ministry here.

Burkhard Paetzold
As regional liaison, Burkhard Paetzold helps connect Presbyterians in the United States with partner churches and programs in Eastern and Central Europe. He also implements regional strategies and provides support for mission personnel. Much of his ministry is with the Roma people of Central and Eastern Europe. Formerly referred to as “Gypsies,” a term now considered pejorative, they have encountered discrimination and oppression for centuries. Burkhard works with partners to promote the participation of Roma in congregational and church life, develop Roma leadership, and improve the economic development and education for Roma. Read more about his ministry here.

Ryan and Alethia White
Ryan and Alethia White work with the pastors and social workers of congregations to offer pastoral care to those who are now making Germany their home and also serve as church development specialists. They collaborate with ecumenical partners to provide training and continuing education opportunities for leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Iran. Read more about their ministry here.

American Church in Berlin
Berliner Missionswerk
Berlin City Mission
Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg
Evangelical Church of Germany
Evangelical Church of the Union
Evangelical Mission Society in Germany

Conference of European Churches

The Conference of European Churches is a regional ecumenical organization. The movement that led to the creation of the CEC dates back to the Cold War, when a group of church leaders brought into conversation churches in European countries separated by different political, economic and social systems. CEC has sought to build bridges not only between Eastern and Western Europe but also been between minority and majority churches and between Christians of different confessional traditions.

Lacey Gilliam, Mission Specialist for the Middle East and Europe, Presbyterian World Mission, lacey.gilliam@pcusa.org