Hermann Sticher was born in Tubingen, Germany, and comes out of the Evangelical United Brethren tradition. After graduating from Secondary School (Abitur), Hermann worked for six years with the U.S. Military Government in Nordwurttemberg-Nordbaden and later with the U.S. Consulate General in Stuttgart. He started his road towards ordained ministry by serving a probationary year at Nurtingen. Then, the South Germany Annual Conference voted him to attend the Theologisches Seminar der Evangelischen Gemeinschaft (Theological Seminary of the EUB Church) at Reutlingen. Later, Hermann Sticher became Assistant Minister at Ulm-Friedenskirche, and was ordained by Bishop George E. Epp, becoming a member of the South Germany Annual Conference. He then served Herrenalb Loffenau and Karlsruhe before being elected District Superintendent of the Reutlingen District. After an eight year term as a District Superintendent, he served as Pastor at Ludwigsburg.
He was very active in annual conference and Central Conference affairs, particularly in concerns of youth, families, deaconess institutions and ecumenical affairs. Hermann Sticher took part in a "Mission to North America." He was on the Central Conference Commission on Church Union, served as Secretary of the Central Conference Executive Committee and chaired the Committee on the Discipline of the Central Conference. He served one quadrennium on the General Council on Ministries.
In March, 1977, he was elected to the episcopacy by the Central Conference in the Federal Republic of Germany and West Berlin, which included the German Northwest, the German South, and the German Southwest Annual Conferences. He attended ten annual conferences, five as a delegate and five as a Bishop.
For two quadrennia (1980-1988) he served as a Director of the General Board of Discipleship. Since 1977 he was a member of the Presidium of the World Methodist Council. From 1986 to 1991 he chaired the Program Committee of this Council. In 1993-1994 he taught as a guest professor for the “Mattingly Chair of Religion for Distinguished Persons” at Nebraska Wesleyan University, which awarded him the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. In 1999, he was named a founding member of “The Honorable Order of Jerusalem of the World Methodist Council.”
Hermann Sticher retired in 1989. He and Lisa Sticher have been married since 1958 and they have three sons: Thomas, Matthias, and Tilmann, four grandsons and one granddaughter.