Kaiserswerther Verband, of the Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz (Kaiserswerth General Conference) our member working in Germany and across Europe has announced the retirement of its current Secretary General, Christine-Ruth Müller, to be taken over by Christa Schrauf.

After eleven years in the role, Christine-Ruth Müller steps down as Secretary General on 1st September 2017, and will be succeeded by long-time rector of the Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen, Christa Schrauf. Pastor Christa Schrauf was the Rector and Chief Executive Officer of the Evangelical Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen from 2008 to 2016, the largest diaconal employer in Austria with more than 3500 employees. Since 2013, she has also been President of Kaiserswerth General Conference, and since 2014 has been a member of the German Network “Women in Leadership in Church and Diakonia”.

The outgoing Secretary General Church Councilor Dr. Christine-Ruth Müller joined the Kaiserswerther Verband (Kaiserswerth Association) as Secretary General at the beginning of 2007, and her successes have included the restructuring of the association and the development of Kaiserswerther Verband as a nationwide representation of Diaconia in the form of Diaconal Community.

On September 27th at 2 pm, Kaiserswerth General Conference celebrates the departing Secretary General Christine-Ruth Müller, as part of a feast day service in the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. President of Diakonie Deutschland Ulrich Lilie will conduct a handover ceremony during the service to wish farewell to Christine-Ruth Müller and to welcome the incoming Secretary General Christa Schrauf into her new role.

The Kaiserswerther Verband represents diaconal work in the evangelical church, bringing together more than 100 deaconess motherhouses, diaconal communities and organisations in Germany. It is part of the international Kaiserswerth General Conference. More information on the Kaiserswerther Verband and Kaiserswerth General Conference can be found on their website.