Our Council governs the LWF between Assemblies. Its members are elected by the Assembly.

The Council decides on the structure of the LWF Communion Office, sets the LWF budget and presents an annual report to the member churches.

It elects the General Secretary and directs his or her work.

It meets once a year.


The Council comprises:

  • 48 persons, elected by the Assembly
  • the President, elected by the Assembly
  • the Chairperson of the Finance Committee if he or she is elected from outside the Council

The LWF Constitution stipulates due representation of ordained and lay persons, women, men and youth.

The term of office for Council members ends at the close of the next ordinary Assembly. Members are eligible for one re-election.

Members of the Council

ADA EPSE MAINA, Rev. Dr Jeannette, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon (CAMEROON)

ALBECKER, Mr Christian, Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace and Lorraine (FRANCE)

ÁLVAREZ ROCHA, Rev. Geraldina, Lutheran Costa Rican Church (COSTA RICA)

ANDO, Ms Fu, Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JAPAN)

ANTONSEN, Mr Jacob Breda, The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway (NORWAY)

ÁRNADÓTTIR, Ms Thuridur Björg Wiium, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland (ICELAND)

AZAR, Ms Sally, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (PALESTINE)

BORGOARY, Ms Ranjita Christi, Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church (INDIA)

BRABAND, Ms Julia, Evangelical Church in Central Germany (GERMANY)

CHANG, Bishop Chun Wa, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong (HONG KONG)

CHEN, Rev. Selma (Shu-Chen), The Lutheran Church of Taiwan (REPUBLIC OF CHINA)

DIBISA, Rev. Yonas Yigezu, The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (ETHIOPIA)

DRANGSHOLT, Dr Kjetil, Church of Norway (NORWAY)

EATON, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (USA)

MUSA, Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus, Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (NIGERIA)

FLIPPIN JR., Rev. William Edward, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (USA)

FRIEDRICH, Rev. Dr Nestor Paulo, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (BRAZIL)

HIETAMÄKI, Dr Minna, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (FINLAND)

JACKELÉN, Archbishop Antje, Church of Sweden (SWEDEN)

JULY, Bishop Dr h.c. Frank O., Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg (GERMANY)

KERKETTA, Rev. Dr Christ Sumit, Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church (INDIA)

KLÁTIK, Bishop Dr Miloš, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic (SLOVAK REPUBLIC)

KLEIST, Pröpstin Astrid, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany (GERMANY)

KOCHENDORFER, Bishop Larry, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (CANADA)

MAGWAZA, Mr Khulekani S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (SOUTH AFRICA)

MBISE, Ms LoeRose, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (TANZANIA)

MIRGELER, Oberkirchenrat Olaf-Johannes, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany (GERMANY)

MOUANGA NDEMBE, Ms Stevy C., Evangelical Lutheran Church of Congo (REPUBLIC OF CONGO)

MOYO, Rev. Elitha, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe (ZIMBABWE)

MUNYIKA, Bishop Dr Veikko, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (NAMIBIA)

NAVRÁTILOVÁ, Ms Olga, Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (CZECH REPUBLIC)

OBERDORFER, Prof. Dr Bernd, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria (GERMANY)

PHILIP, Ms Cheryl, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (USA)

RAKOTONIRINA, Bishop Dr David, Malagasy Lutheran Church (MADGASCAR)

RODRÍGUEZ RAMÍREZ, Mr Grosvyn Ariel, Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras (HONDURAS)

SCHMIDT-KLIE, Mr Lasse, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover (GERMANY)

SEYENKULO, Bishop Dr Jensen, Lutheran Church in Liberia (LIBERIA)

SOJKA, Dr Jerzy Janusz, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland (POLAND)

STEILMANN FRANCO, Ms Karla M., Evangelical Church of the River Plate (ARGENTINA)

STEINKE, Rev. Dr Robin, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (USA)

STUBKJÆR, Bishop Henrik, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark (DENMARK)

SUMBAYAK, Ms Desri Maria, The Indonesian Christian Church (INDONESIA)

TELAUMBANUA, Bishop Dr Tuhoni, The Protestant Christian Church (INDONESIA)

TKACH, Ms Vera, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)

VALERIANO, Mr Johanan Celine, Lutheran Church in the Philippines (THE PHILIPPINES)

VIILMA, Archbishop Urmas, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (ESTONIA)

VITIELLO, Ms Cordelia, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy (ITALY)

WAMBUA, Ms Faith Mwikali, Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KENYA)

WESTFELD, Ms Bettina, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony (GERMANY)

YAP, Bishop Aaron Chuan Ching, Lutheran Church in Malaysia (MALAYSIA)


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Council Committees

The Council appoints from its membership committees and sub-committees to direct specific areas of work as needed and designates their chairpersons.

In addition, the Council may elect up to 21 advisers to the Committees to provide professional competence and expertise.

Council Committees


The Council elects seven Vice-Presidents, one from each LWF region, from among its membership.


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