Reinhard Hempelmann

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Reinhard Hempelmann (born September 19, 1953 in Bünde , Westphalia) is a German Protestant theologian and author. From 1999 to 2019 he headed the Evangelical Central Office for Worldview Issues (EZW).


Reinhard Hempelmann studied Protestant theology in Bethel and Heidelberg and is pastor of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia . From 1980 to 1984 Hempelmann was a research assistant at the University of Osnabrück . He received his doctorate in Heidelberg with his work on the sacrament as a place of mediation of salvation . As a lecturer for theological subjects, he worked for eight years at the YMCA secretary school in Kassel. From 1992 to 1998 he was a consultant for the Evangelical Central Office for Weltanschauungsfragen (EZW) for new religious and spiritual movements. From 1999 until his retirement in 2019 he was the head of the EZW and from 2003 a lecturer at the theological faculty of the University of Leipzig .

The focus of his publications is on the topics of New Religious Movements , Charismatic Movement , Pentecostalism , Evangelicalism , Christian Fundamentalism , Ecumenical Theology and New Atheism . Even those affected like Thomas Schirrmacher , one of the leading evangelicals in Germany, attested Hempelmann in 2010 that the evangelical movement was represented fairly.

Hempelmann is married and has two children.


  • Sacrament as a place of mediation of salvation. Theology of the Sacraments in Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , Göttingen 1992. ISBN 978-3-52556-536-0
  • Handbook of evangelistic-missionary works, institutions and congregations. Christian publishing house 1997. ISBN 978-3-76757-763-3
  • Light and shadow of the Christian revival. Characteristics and challenges of Pentecostal-charismatic piety , Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 1998, ISBN 978-3-579-03337-2 .
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Individual evidence

  1. EKD says goodbye to the head of the Central Office for Weltanschauung questions , April 5, 2019.
  2. Head of EZW ,, accessed on July 23, 2015.
  3. EZW manager Reinhard Hempelmann is 65 ,, notification from September 19, 2018.
  4. Reinhard Hempelmann from Berlin gives a lecture on the subject of “New Atheism”. On October 11, 2013 Reinhard Hempelmann from Berlin gave a lecture on the topic of New Atheism in Schlüchtern. "Atheism is really not a new debate," said Dr. Reinhard Hempelmann at the beginning of the pastor-teacher study day in the Protestant parish hall in Schlüchtern. Fulda newspaper October 14, 2013.
  5. Thomas Schirrmacher: Dr. Reinhard Hempelmann creates a basis for the conversation with the evangelicals. (on EZW-Text 206, Berlin 2010).
  6. Hempelmann: Vita ( Memento from January 16, 2014 in the web archive )