We have seven vice-presidents, each representing one of the seven LWF regions.

They are elected by the Council from among its members, and may be ordained or lay. Furthermore, a due representation of women and men shall be observed. They represent the LWF in the region to which their respective church belongs and moderate LWF church leadership meetings in that region.

The Vice-Presidents serve for a seven-year term. As with all other Council members, a vice-president’s term of office runs until the close of the next ordinary Assembly.


Current Vice-Presidents

  • Africa: Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Epse Maina, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon

  • Asia: Ms Desri Maria Sumbayak, The Indonesian Christian Church

  • Central Eastern Europe: Archbishop Urmas Viilma, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Central Western Europe: Pröpstin Astrid Kleist, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany

  • Nordic Countries: Archbishop Dr Antje Jackelén, Church of Sweden

  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Rev. Dr Nestor Friedrich, President, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil

  • North America: Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

LWF Regional Vice-President News

12 October 2018
ASTANA, Kazakhstan /GENEVA
27 February 2018
NGAOUNDERE, Cameroon/GENEVA
10 November 2016
MAGDEBURG, Germany/GENEVA