Helmut Echternach

Helmut Friedbert Richard Siegfried Echternach, ( born March 20, 1907 in the village of Walter (Polish: Pęciszewo ), East Prussia, † February 25, 1988 in Hamburg) was a pastor, Lutheran theologian ( dogmatist ) and Bishop.


Helmut Echternach was born as the son of the pastor Richard Echternach and his wife Elisabeth (born Spaltowski ) and attended high school in Königsberg. He studied from 1925 to 1930 at the university of Protestant Theology, philosophy and Indian Philology and received his PhD in Philosophy in 1928 and 1930 in Greifswald in Protestant theology. In 1931 he qualified as a professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion and was ordained in 1932.

Echternach made ​​in 1939 and then from 1942 to 1945 his military service and came in 1945 in British prisoner of war ( until 1946 ). For him imputed membership in the Nazi party, there is no evidence.

From October 1946 he was pastor at St. Matthew Church in Hamburg- Winterhude and founded in 1947 a debate Ecumenical group for the promotion of dialogue between Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox Christians. He held from 1946 lectures at the Church lecture work, the later Church University Hamburg, then in 1954 received a teaching assignment for systematics for the University of Hamburg and in 1957 pastor at the Church of St. Peter.

In 1966 he founded the High Church " St. Athanasius Brotherhood ". On 18 October the same year he received episcopal ordination in Geneva in apostolic succession. ( Bishop Ignatius V. Name ). From 1970, Echternach has also taught at the Université Européenne in Amsterdam. In 1973 he was given emeritus status as a priest and died in 1988 in Hamburg.

His son Jürgen Echternach was, inter alia, National Chairman of the Junge Union and Parliamentary Secretary.