Dr Anna Krauss to move to the Lutheran World Federation Centre

The CTE President for the Fourth Presidency Group and General Secretary of the Council of Lutheran Churches will start her new role in September 2024.

The Council of Lutheran Churches in Great Britain (CLC) has announced the departure of its General Secretary Dr Anna Krauss. From September, she will take up the post of Director of the Lutheran World Federation’s (LWF) Centre in Wittenberg, Germany.

The Chair of the CLC, Bishop Tor B. Jørgensen, said: “She (Anna) has done an important job in securing the future work of the Council, and in that short time, she has become well-recognised ecumenically in the UK and internationally, especially within the Lutheran community.”

Anna’s move means that CTE’s Fourth Presidency Group will now need to appoint a new person to take on the role alongside the CTE Presidents from other traditions.

“I love working with the Fourth Presidency Group. We are diverse and have developed a truly ecumenical and collegial atmosphere under the guidance of my predecessor, Hannah (Brock Womack),” Anna said.

“I am sorry to leave after only one year as President but I am very excited about the new challenge in Wittenberg, right at the heart of the Reformation and among people from many different nations and cultures.”

CTE General Secretary Bishop Mike Royal said “We will, of course, hugely miss Anna but pray for her and wish her every blessing as she steps into this new role, which will mean family relocation to Germany.

“I have requested the relevant people within the Lutheran tradition and our Fourth Presidency Group to look to appoint a replacement as soon as possible to aid continuity.”

The LWF centre in Wittenberg organises theological training and conferences for the LWF’s 150 member churches, welcomes visitors from across the world and oversees some ecumenical projects.