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 Andrew Andersen
Born on 08.11.1951, District Apostle since 01.01.2001.
Working Areas: American Samoa, Australia, Christmas and Cocos Island, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Pazific Islands incl. Cook Island, Tasmania, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanatua
District Apostle John Leslie Kriel
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
Born on 24.01.1958, District Apostle since 23.02.2014.
Working areas: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Cape Verde, East Timor, French Guayana with Martinique und Guadeloupe, Georgia, Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia), Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Portugal with Azores and Madeira Islands, São Tomé and Príncipe, Suriname
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
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 Markus Fehlbaum
Born on 19.09.1951, District Apostle since 06.04.2008.
Working Areas: Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
District Apostle Urs Hebeisen
South East Asia
Born on 26.08.1952, District Apostle since 18.01.2009.
Working areas: Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palau, Philippines, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
District Apostle Bernd Koberstein
Hesse / Rhineland-Palatinate / Saarland
Born on 05.03.1952, District Apostle since 11.01.2009.
Working Areas: Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Gambia, Germany (Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland), Greece, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia
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
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