Dr. Dietrich Schindler is a first generation German American, the son of German immigrant parents who settled near Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s. Dietrich was named after Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich is married to Jan and together they have three adult children. Dietrich and Jan have been ministering in Germany as church planters and leaders of church planters since 1985.
Dietrich has dedicated his life to planting churches in Germany, having planted five churches within the Evangelical Free Church of Germany in the cities of Kriftel, Oberursel, Mannheim, Kaiserslautern, and Ramstein. In 2008 Dietrich was appointed the executive director of church planting for the Evangelical Free Church of Germany (Bund freier evangelischer Gemeinden, Witten). Under his leadership the denomination is seeking to plant 100 new churches in Germany in ten years.
Dietrich earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006, having written a dissertation entitled “Creating and Sustaining a Church Planting Multiplication movement in Germany.” He is also a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div. and M.A. in NT), as well as from Columbia International University (B.A.).
Dietrich is a well known lecturer on church planting, church development and leadership, having ministered in most European countries, the USA and Canada.
He is the author of
- “Good to Great Church Planting: The Road less Travelled” (Evangelical Missions Quarterly, July 2008)
- The Jesus Model: Planting Churches the Jesus Way (English version: UK, Piquant Edition, 2013; German version: SCM-Brockhaus, 2010)
- The Tortoise and the Hair (children’s book, click here for Amazon page)