Rev. Dr. Dieter U. Heinzl, Associate Pastor, Faith Formation

I was born and raised in Nuremberg, Germany, have lived in the United States since 1987 and am holding dual citizenship—just like the guy from the Bourne Identity … if you are a movie fan. My journey in the US has taken me from Houston to Austin, Texas, to Princeton, New Jersey, and, finally to St. Louis, in August, 2001.

My wife Renita, who is also an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and I have been married for … a long time. When we are not working, we like to ride bikes together and hike, especially in Rocky Mountain National Park. Because of our shared love and passion for God’s good creation, we live with two rescue dogs and a rescue parrot, and enjoy good food, as long as it is vegetarian.

It is my conviction that interfaith work is and will be a defining issue for our lives and the church for some time to come, and I am firmly committed to this work. I take my responsibilities at Ladue Chapel regarding education and faith formation very seriously because I am convinced that I/we can only engage in dialog with people of other faith traditions, if I/we know our own tradition well.

I received my theological training at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and hold a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, both schools of the PCUSA. I currently represent the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy on St. Louis’ Interfaith Cabinet and serve as adjunct faculty at Eden Theological Seminary.

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