Bishop Rosemarie Wenner
Feb. 17, 2005
By United Methodist News Service
United Methodists in Germany elected a new bishop—the denomination’s first woman named to that office in Europe—on Feb. 16.
Rev. Rosemarie Wenner received the needed two-thirds majority vote of
the 100 delegates of the Germany Central Conference on the fourth
native of Eppingen in southern Germany, the 49-year-old had served
serving as superintendent of the church’s Frankfurt District since 1996.
She studied at the United Methodist Theological Seminary in Reutlingen
and has held pastorates in Karlsruhe, Hockenheim and Darmstadt.
Wenner, who takes office April 1, succeeds Bishop Walter Klaiber. He is retiring after almost 16 years in office.
central conference meets every four years and is the highest
decision-making body of the United Methodist Church in Germany. It is
divided into three annual (regional) conferences, representing about
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