District apostles and apostles

District apostles and apostles are ordained by the chief apostle or by a district apostle acting in his stead. District apostle helpers are appointed. If an apostle is to be ordained, the responsible district apostle will propose the designated minister to the chief apostle. He will in turn inform the other district apostles of the proposal. It is left to the district apostle’s discretion to inform the apostles in his working area. In case a district apostle is unable to propose a suitable minister to receive the apostle ministry, the chief apostle will confer with other district apostles about calling a suitable minister from another district apostle’s area to the apostle ministry.

Before their ordination the apostles take the following vow: "Before God, the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, I vow to love the Almighty God, the Creator of all things, with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my being, and with all my strength, and to love my neighbour as myself. It is my holy duty to proclaim Jesus Christ’s doctrine, especially the redeeming power of His sacrifice, and to proclaim His return, and, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, to fulfil the commission received in Jesus’ name honestly, diligently, conscientiously, and uprightly. I want to serve in humbleness, and conduct myself worthily and honourably before God and man. I acknowledge the chief apostle as the highest minister and promise him my full support. I declare my support for the unity with the chief apostle, the district apostles and apostles of the New Apostolic Church who are united with him, whose highest duty is obedience in faith, whose highest honour is being faithful to God’s work, whose greatest goal is completion in Christ. In discharging this leading ministry of the New Apostolic Church, I shall unequivocally take responsibility for this profession of faith and live in accordance with the gospel as an apostle of the New Apostolic Church."

District apostles, district apostle helpers, and apostles retire upon reaching the age of 65. In the event of serious circumstances (e.g. in the case of an illness), the chief apostle can shorten the period of office, but he can also extend it. The Statutes also make provision for resignation from office, and likewise provide for suspension or dismissal. Upon request, every apostle must provide the chief apostle with information regarding his official activities and give an account of them.

District Apostle Peter Schulte

Western Pacific

Born on 22.09.1963, District Apostle since 30.09.2018.

Working Areas: American Samoa, Australia, Christmas and Cocos Island, Fiji, Guam, Hongkong, Japan, Korea, Kiribati, Macau, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Pazific Islands incl. Cook Island, Taiwan, Tasmania, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

District Apostle John Leslie Kriel

Southern Africa

Born on 25.06.1956, District Apostle since 18.12.2016.

Working Areas: Botswana, Falkland Islands, Lesotho, Madagaskar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mosambik, Namibia, Réunion, Rodrigues, Seychelles, South Africa, St. Helena Island, Swaziland

District Apostle Rainer Storck

West Germany

Born on 24.01.1958, District Apostle since 23.02.2014.

Working areas: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cyprus, East Timor, Egypt, France, French Guayana with Martinique und Guadeloupe, Gambia, Germany-West, Georgia, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Niger, Portugal with Azores and Madeira Islands, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Suriname, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia

District Apostle Michael D. Deppner

DR Congo West

Born on 19.02.1961, District Apostle since 01.08.2010.

Working Areas: Democratic Republic Congo-West

District Apostle Michael Ehrich

South Germany

Born on 19.09.1959, District Apostle since 23.04.2006.

Working Areas: Bahrain, Benin, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cameroon, Croatia, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabun, Germany (Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria), Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Israel, Katar, Kuwait, Liberia, Macedonia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo, Ukraine, United Arabia Emirates, Yemen

District Apostle Jurg Zbinden


Born on 30.01.1958, District Apostle since 03.06.2018.

Working Areas: Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland

District Apostle Edy Isnugroho

South East Asia

Born on 28.04.1963, District Apostle since 18.11.2018.

Working areas: Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palau, Philippines, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

District Apostle Leonard R. Kolb


Born on 07.07.1956, District Apostle since 12.10.2008

Working areas: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Caroline Islands, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, San Andreas, Zanzibar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Venezuela

District Apostle Mark Woll


Born on 13.03.1959, District Apostle since 21.11.2010.

Working areas: Bangladesh, Chad, Central African Republic, Cambodia, Canada, Republic of the Congo, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sri Lanka

District Apostle Joseph Opemba Ekhuya

East Africa

Born on 01.12.1969, District Apostle since 19.04.2015.

Working Areas: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

District Apostle Wolfgang Nadolny


Born on 17.05.1956, District Apostle since 16.01.2005.

Working Areas: Belarus, Germany (Berlin-Brandenburg), Russia, Middle Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

District Apostle Charles S. Ndandula

Zambia / Malawi

Born on 26.12.1953, District Apostle since 13.03.2005.

Working Areas: Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

District Apostle Enrique Eduardo Minio


Born on 20.01.1961, District Apostle since 25.10.2015

Working areas: Argentinia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay

District Apostle Tshitshi Tshisekedi

DR Congo South East

Born on 27.03.1972, District Apostle since 23.01.2013.

Working Areas: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo South East

District Apostle Rüdiger Krause

North- and East Germany

Born on 29.012.1960, District Apostle since 05.12.2010.

Working areas: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, North- and East Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom & Ireland

District Apostle Raúl Montes de Oca


Born on 21.12.1953, District Apostle since 10.10.2010.

Working areas: Brazil, Bolivia

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