North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church
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The North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church (German: Nordelbische Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche; NEK) was a Lutheran regional church in Northern Germany which emerged from a merger of four churches in 1977 and merged with two more churches in 2012. The NEK largely covered the area of the states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg where it was the most important Christian denomination. It had 2.1 million members (as of 2006) in 595 parishes, constituting 46% of the population in its ambit.
The NEK was a full member of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD), and the Lutheran World Federation (joined 1977). The church was also a member of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe.
The North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1977 by the merger of four former state churches:
- the Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Eutin (German: Evangelisch-Lutherische Landeskirche Eutin), which had been split off from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg and represented the former Prince-Bishopric of Lübeck.
- the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the State of Hamburg (German: Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche im Hamburgischen Staate);
- the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the State of Lübeck (German: Evangelisch-lutherische Kirche im Lübeckischen Staate);
- the Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Schleswig-Holstein; (German: Evangelisch-Lutherische Landeskirche Schleswig-Holsteins)
It is named after its ambit mostly located north of the River Elbe. In 2011 Kirsten Fehrs became the first female bishop in the North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church. At Pentecost 2012 it merged with the Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Mecklenburg and the Pomeranian Evangelical Church to form the new Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany.
Prominent buildings 
List of bishops 
Bishops of the Hamburg district (Sprengel Hamburg; 1977–2008) 
Bishops of the Holstein-Lübeck district (Sprengel Holstein-Lübeck; 1977–2008) 
The preaching venue of the bishop was the Lübeck Cathedral.
- 1964 - 1981: Friedrich Hübner, until 1977 bishop of Holstein in Kiel for the Evangelical-Lutheran State Church of Schleswig-Holstein
- 1981 - 1991: Ulrich Wilckens
- 1991 - 2001: Karl Ludwig Kohlwage
- 2001 - 2008: Bärbel Wartenberg-Potter
Bishops of the Schleswig district (Sprengel Schleswig; 1977–2008) 
The preaching venue of the bishop was the Schleswig Cathedral.
- 1967 - 1978: Alfred Petersen, until 1977 bishop of Schleswig for the Evangelical-Lutheran State Church of Schleswig-Holstein
- 1979 - 1990: Karlheinz Stoll
- 1991 - 2008: Hans-Christian Knuth
- 2008 : Gerhard Ulrich
Bishops of the Hamburg and Lübeck district (Sprengel Hamburg und Lübeck; since 2008) 
The preaching venue of the bishop is the St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg.
Bishops of the Schleswig and Holstein district (Sprengel Schleswig und Holstein; since 2008) 
The preaching venue of the bishop is the Schleswig Cathedral.
- 2008 - today: Gerhard Ulrich
- Nordkirche.de (german)
- "Bishop-Elect Gerhard Ulrich to Lead North Elbian Schleswig-Holstein Region". Lutheran World Federation. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- . Deutsche Welle. 2008-06-16 Gorski if elected http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3423656,00.html Gorski if elected. Retrieved 2009-09-29. Missing or empty
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