Bishop Dr. Patrick Ph. Streiff
Dr. Patrick Streiff (* 1955 in Switzerland) is Bishop of The United Methodist Church (UMC) in Central and Southern Europe, an area, which comprises the countries Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Tunisia.
After his studies at Reutlingen School of Theology (Germany) and at the University of Berne (Switzerland), he was ordained elder of the UMC in 1984 and served as pastor in Lausanne-Vevey, Neuchâtel, and Biel (all in Switzerland). In addition he served for 16 years as Director of Studies at the French-speaking Methodist Center of Theological Education in Lausanne and for 12 years as Lecturer in Modern Church History at the University of Lausanne.
In 2005, he was elected and consecrated as Bishop of the UMC. On May 1, 2006, he assumed office. In 2009, he was reelected as Bishop of the UMC for lifetime.
During his time as bishop of the UMC, he assumed a number of leadership responsibilities on European and worldwide level – very often closely related to theological education.
He is author of several publications in German, English and French, among them Methodism in Europe: 19th and 20th Century and John Wesley: Le prédicateur et sa pensée théologique d’arès ses sermons.
Dr. Patrick Streiff, who lives in Biel/Switzerland, is married to Heidi Streiff, and they have four adult children.
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