We are very grateful to have Pastor Viking Dietrich with us for a two-month period from Feb 12 to April 17.
Pastor Dietrich is from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has much international experience, much of it in West Africa. He taught social studies in Nigeria prior to seminary and afterward returned to West Africa as a pastor to work in Christian-Muslim relations in Senegal. Before leaving West Africa, Viking served as a general secretary of an interdenominational mission network and as a regional representative for the ELCA to companion churches in countries from Senegal to the Central African Republic. More recently, Viking served as parish pastor for 5 years in Pennsylvania and then took a call to return to international work as an ELCA regional representative in Europe and the Middle East. Viking and his wife Marissa, who is an English teacher, are based in Berlin. They have four grown children, two in the USA and two in Europe.