Eberhardt Renz

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Eberhardt Renz (born May 1, 1935 in Neenstetten near Ulm) is a Protestant pastor, speaker and author. From 1994 to 2001 he was regional bishop of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg .

Live and act

Eberhardt Renz grew up in a Protestant milieu, his grandfather and uncle were Protestant missionaries, his father Hermann Renz was active as a pastor in the Confessing Church after 1933 . He spent his school days in Neenstetten, Langenau and Ulm. Further school stations were the Evangelical Seminars in Schöntal and Bad Urach . From 1957 to 1961 he studied Protestant theology in Tübingen, Vienna and Zurich. Then he was vicar in Rottenburg and Korntal.

Thanks to a grant from the Lutheran World Federation , he was able to continue his studies in Madras , India, for two years . After his return in 1964 he was vicar in Ulm , Göppingen and Stuttgart and in 1966 he became a scholarship officer of the Lutheran World Federation in Stuttgart.

This was followed by three years (1968 to 1971) as a lecturer at the Theological College of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon. After his return, Renz became pastor of the prelature for the service of mission and ecumenism in the Reutlingen prelature of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg. He held this post until 1976 when he was appointed Africa advisor for the Basel Mission in Basel. He returned to Württemberg in 1988 and became first pastor at the Johanneskirche in Esslingen am Neckar . In 1993 he became a consultant (church council) for mission and ecumenism in the Württemberg upper church council.

On March 3, 1994 he was surprisingly elected regional bishop by the regional synod. He took up this post on April 18 of the same year. He announced his resignation from the office of regional bishop a year in advance for spring 2001.

In addition to his work in Württemberg, Renz has been a member of the administrative board of the German Institute for Medical Mission (DIfÄM) since 1993 . In 1994 he became a member of the central committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and in 1998 became one of its presidents.

Family and private

Eberhardt Renz is married to the teacher Annemei Renz, née Eckle. The couple have two sons and several grandchildren.


  • Waymarks , Evangelisches Medienhaus, Stuttgart 2001
  • Keeping an eye on the whole of this world , Gesangbuchverlag, Stuttgart 2000
  • Not without - Young People and Church , Evangelical Media House, Stuttgart 1999
  • The foreign should no longer be foreign , Imatel-Mediengesellschaft, Stuttgart 1998
  • ... a glowing oven full of love ... , Imatel-Mediengesellschaft, Stuttgart 1997
  • Intrepid, happy, self-confident , Imatel-Mediengesellschaft, Stuttgart 1996
  • On the wealth of the church , Imatel-Pressehaus, Stuttgart 1995

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Eberhardt Renz in Munzinger , accessed June 19, 2018
  2. Andreas Koch: Former regional bishop Eberhardt Renz is 80 , website Evangelical Church District Tübingen , accessed June 19, 2018
  3. Evangelical Lutheran Church Württemberg: Stuttgart: Former Bishop Eberhardt Renz is 80 - Urschwabe with a wide horizon , website TV RTF1 Neckar-Alb , accessed June 19, 2018