Wilhelm Busch (pastor, 1897)

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Wilhelm Busch (born March 27, 1897 in Elberfeld , today Wuppertal , † June 20, 1966 in Lübeck ) was a German Protestant pastor , youth evangelist , writer and activist with the Confessing Church .


Wilhelm Busch was born on March 27, 1897 in Elberfeld as the son of pastor Wilhelm Busch . His mother, Johanna Busch b. Kullen, came from the Kullen family from Hülben (near Urach ) , which was influenced by Swabian Pietism . His younger brothers Johannes and Friedrich were also theologians.

After graduating from high school , Wilhelm Busch served as a young officer in the First World War . There he came to believe in Jesus Christ . He studied Protestant theology in Tübingen and spent half a year as teaching vicar in Gellershagen near Bielefeld. There he met his future wife Emilie ("Emmi") Müller. Busch's sister Pauline married Emmi's brother Erich Müller, who later became a government director in Siegburg. After the vicariate , Wilhelm Busch worked as an assistant preacher in Bielefeld and from 1924 as a pastor in a miners' district in Essen in the Ruhr area . There he was youth pastor from 1929/30 to 1962 in the Weigle House established by his predecessor, Pastor Wilhelm Weigle, in 1912 . During the time of National Socialism , his faith and the struggle of the Confessing Church brought him to prison several times. After the Second World War he worked as a traveling evangelist . Through his office in the Weiglehaus, he came into contact with Gustav Heinemann , who was chairman of the local Christian Association of Young Men (YMCA) from 1936 to 1950 . Busch was a member of the Bible Covenant and shared its position on the inerrancy of the Bible. In opposition to Konrad Adenauer's rearmament policy, he supported Heinemann's newly founded All-German People's Party (GVP) and later the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).

Wilhelm Busch retired in 1962, but continued to work as an evangelist and preacher. On the way back from a week of evangelism in Saßnitz on Rügen , he died on June 20, 1966 in a Lübeck hospital. He was buried four days later with great sympathy from the population (including the later Federal President Gustav Heinemann , who dedicated the obituary “This is how we loved him”) in the Ostfriedhof Essen .

After his death, 17 Busch evangelistic lectures were published in 1967 under the title Jesus our fate , which in various editions in 2004 had a circulation of over 2 million copies and which had been translated into at least 36 languages ​​by 2009.

Wilhelm Busch was married and had two sons and four daughters.


  • The busy street. Crucial encounters with Jesus. CLV / Aussaat-Verlag ( PDF file )
  • 365 times HE. Daily devotions. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn, ISBN 3-7615-4158-9 .
  • The cross is about our need. Sermons from 1944. Schriftenmissions-Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn. ( PDF file )
  • Freedom from the gospel. My experiences with the Secret State Police. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn, ISBN 3-7615-3556-2 . ( PDF file )
  • Objects of passion. Objective lesson on the suffering of Jesus. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn, ISBN 3-7615-1087-X .
  • The secret of the cross. Schriftenmissions-Verlag, Gladbeck 2nd edition 1956.
  • God's chosen ones. From the last speeches by Pastor Busch, especially at the Whitsun Mission Festival in Bad Liebenzell in 1966. Publishing house of the Liebenzeller Mission, Bad Liebenzell 1967.
  • The Lord is my light and my salvation. Daily devotions. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn, ISBN 3-7615-4886-9 .
  • In God's pastoral care. Contested servants of God. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn, ISBN 3-7615-3542-2 . ( PDF file )
  • Preaching jesus. Aussaat-Verl., Neukirchen-Vluyn 2nd edition 2002, ISBN 3-7615-3552-X . ( PDF file )
  • Jesus our destiny. Lectures after tapes. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 45th edition 2010, ISBN 3-7615-5300-5 u. a. ( abridged version at CLV as PDF file )
  • Jesus - our chance. CLV, Bielefeld 2000, ISBN 3-89397-770-8 . ( PDF file )
  • Jesus our only hope, Jesus our peace, Jesus our King. Anthology. Verlag Klaus Gerth , Asslar 1997, ISBN 3-89437-520-5 .
  • Little stories. Quell Verlag, Stuttgart 1st edition 1949.
  • Pastor Wilhelm Busch tells - selection volume. Quell Verlag, Stuttgart 10th edition 1972.
  • Chatting in my study. CLV , Bielefeld 10th edition 2005, ISBN 3-89397-969-7 . ( PDF file )
  • Traces to the cross. Christ in the Old Testament. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 10th edition 2006, ISBN 3-7615-1086-1 . ( PDF file )
  • God's search. Short stories from the Bible. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn, ISBN 3-7615-3555-4 . ( PDF file )
  • Among people. Little Stories - Fifth Episode. Quell Verlag, Stuttgart 1958 (13th edition 1986. ISBN 3-7918-2194-6 .)
  • From Bethlehem to Rome. Sermons on the feast days in the church year. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn, ISBN 3-7615-3568-6 . ( PDF file )
  • What is braking there? Essays for a relaxed Christianity. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn, ISBN 3-7615-3553-8 .
  • Your works are wonderful. Four speeches on texts from the Psalms. Verlag Schulte + Gerth, Asslar 1985, ISBN 3-87739-633-X and other volumes in the "Series 38".


"Half a Christian is a complete deceiver."

- from Balaam, Volume 5 of the Wilhelm Busch Library, p. 82


  • Friedrich Wilhelm BautzBusch, Wilhelm. In: Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL). Volume 1, Bautz, Hamm 1975. 2nd, unchanged edition Hamm 1990, ISBN 3-88309-013-1 , Sp. 828.
  • Wolfgang Becker: The authority of the Holy Scriptures in the evangelistic proclamation. On a thesis by Wolfgang Bub using the example of the evangelist Wilhelm Busch. In: Eberhard Hahn, Rolf Hille , Heinz-Werner Neudorfer (eds.): Your word is the truth. Festschrift for Gerhard Maier . Brockhaus, Wuppertal 1997, ISBN 3-417-29424-X , pp. 279-295.
  • Wolfgang Becker: Wilhelm Busch as an evangelistic publisher (= contributions to evangelism and community development . Volume 14). Neukirchner, Neukirchen-Vluyn 2010, ISBN 978-3-7887-2444-3 (slightly edited dissertation University of Greifswald [2008], 563 pages with CD-ROM).
  • Wolfgang Becker: Wilhelm Busch (1897–1966) and the staging of an answer from faith. In: Frank Lüdke, Norbert Schmidt (eds.): "... then come forward now!" Evangelism as a media presentation of the gospel. SEHT 8, Lit-Verlag, Münster 2018, ISBN 978-3-643-13997-9 , pp. 49-73.
  • Emmi Busch: A bundle of letters. Aussaat- und Schriftenmissions-Verlag, Wuppertal 1980, ISBN 3-7958-0839-1 .
  • Karl-Heinz Ehring, Ulrich Parzany (ed.): Encounters with Wilhelm Busch. Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1997, ISBN 3-7615-3569-4 .
  • Ulrich Parzany: In action for Jesus. Program and practice of the youth pastor Wilhelm Busch. Schriftenmissions-Verlag, Gladbeck 1973. 2nd edition: Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1995, ISBN 3-7615-3509-0 . 3. revised Edition: Christian Buchhandlung Bühne, Meinerzhagen 2017, ISBN 978-3-941888-88-3 .
  • Martin Staebler: Pastor Wilhelm Busch: biographical notes as a means of designing the proclamation. Hansisches Druck- und Verlag-Haus, Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-86921-010-0 .
  • Martin Staebler: The evangelist Wilhelm Busch as a spiritual guide. In: Dorothea Greiner u. a. (Ed.): Spiritual accompaniment from a Protestant perspective. Models and persons of church history. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 2013, ISBN 978-3-374-03064-4 , pp. 339-344.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Busch: Brief CV at clv.de.
  2. ^ Pastor Wilhelm Busch - "He was able to tell impromptu stories that were fascinating" , jugend1918-1945.de, accessed on June 20, 2015.
  3. in: Wilhelm Busch: Jesus Our Destiny - Special Edition , Christian Literature Distribution , Bielefeld 2006, ISBN 978-3-89397-573-0 , p. 127.