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Bishop Rüdiger R. Minor

Former COB President Bishop Rüdiger Minor of Germany dies


United Methodist Council of Bishops

Monday, September 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Council of Bishops regrets to announce that retired Bishop Rüdiger (Ruediger) R. Minor of Germany passed away last night, September 3, 2017.  He had been diagnosed with ALS last year.

From 1986 to 1992 Rüdiger Minor was bishop of the Central Conference of The United Methodist Church in the German Democratic Republic and then in the East Germany Central Conference of the unified Germany.

He later served Eurasia from 1993 to 2005 when he retired. He was the president of the Council of Bishops from 2003 to 2004.

“We trust that Rüdiger is at home now in God’s love and grace. He was prepared and confident and has put his earthly and heavenly life into God’s hands. We continue to lift up in our prayers Gerlinde and all the family. May God comfort them with comfort that only He can provide and peace beyond our understanding,” said Bishop Harald Rückert, the current residential bishop of Germany.

The funeral service for Bishop Rüdiger Minor will take place on Thursday, September 14, 2 PM at Johannisfriedhof, Dresden, Germany.

He is survived by his wife, Gerlinde, three children and eight grandchildren.



Contact: Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church
202-748-5172 (office) or 585-455-5683 (cell)