He was educated at the University of Dillingen. He, like Martin Boos and others, came under the spell of the Evangelical movement promoted by Johann Michael Sailer, the professor of pastoral theology.
After taking priests' orders, Gossner held livings at Dirlewang (1804-1811) and Munich (1811-1817), but his evangelical tendencies brought about his dismissal and in 1826 he formally left the Roman Catholic for the Protestant communion. As Reformed (Calvinist) minister of Bethlehem's Church (1829-1846), a Lutheran and Reformed simultaneum in Berlin, he was conspicuous not only for practical and effective preaching, but for the founding of schools, asylums and missionary agencies.
Lives by Bethmann Hollweg (Berlin, 1858) and Hermann Dalton (Berlin, 1878).
- Gossner Theological College
- Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chotanagpur and Assam
- North Western Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
- Gossner, Johannes Evangelista, from Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge
- Gossner Missionary Society, from Christian Cyclopedia
- Gossner Mission Homepage
- Free scores by Johannes Gossner at the International Music Score Library Project