Bishop Ruediger R. Minor
D-01328 Dresden-Borsberg Germany
Ruediger Minor was born in Leipzig. The son of a Methodist family, he went to school and university in his home city. He is a graduate of Karl Marx University, Leipzig (Dr. Theol. and Dr. Theol. Habil.) and United Methodist Theological Seminary, Bad Klosterlausnitz.
He joined the Middle German Annual Conference and was appointed Assistant Minister at Plauen. He was ordained elder by Bishop Friedrich Wunderlich. When he served Jena he became a part-time member of the faculty at the United Methodist Theological Seminary, Bad Klosterlausnitz. He was appointed full time in 1976 and served as the Director of the Seminary 1984-1986. On May 22, 1986, he was elected Bishop by the Central Conference in the German Democratic Republic, and was assigned to the Dresden Area. In 1992, he was assigned to the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia and its neighbor countries) with the task of reorganizing Methodist work after in this area after Communism. He was elected to the Eurasia Area by the North European Central Conference in 1993, serving it until his retirement in 2005.
Ruediger Minor was a delegate to the 1980 General Conference; he has been a member of the General Council on Ministries 1980-1986 and of the World Methodist Historical Society since 1973, serving on its Executive Committee 1976-1986 and as a Vice-President for Europe 1986-1991. As a bishop, he served as a director of the General Board of Church and Society, the General Commission of Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns and the General Board of Global Ministries as well as various assignments in the European Methodist network. He was the president of the Council of Bishops 2003-2004.
Gerlinde J. Mueller and Ruediger Minor were married on October 24, 1964. They have three children: Mechthild Barbara, Bertram Christoph, and Friedrun Susanne, as well as eight grandchildren. The Minors live in retirement in Dresden, Germany.