On Saturday 12th September 2020, Pastor Christian Ceconi was formally inducted by Bishop Christian Stäblein as Director and Head Theologian of the Berliner Stadtmission (Berlin city outreach mission), founded in 1873.
Amidst strict pandemic safety measures, the service took place on the lawn of the Stadtmission site on Lehrter Strasse, with a picnic as well as musical accompaniment by a band from the Kreuzberg district. Also present were three former vicars of the Martin Luther Church: pastors Catharina Klein, Caroline Raddatz, and Mirjam Steinebach.
Heading a team off 1000 full time employees and approx. 1500 volunteers, at the Berliner Stadtmission, Pastor Ceconi engages with heart and soul in educational work, as well as youth and senior assistance, which are among the focal points of the work there.
Pastor Ceconi is also very concerned about the problem of homelessness, so he constantly brainstorms how best to reach those who have “fallen through the social welfare net” including the homeless and the disenfranchised who feel alienated from the church.
This is one of the reasons why he rides a bicycle in Berlin at every opportunity —so that he is in closer proximity and more in touch with people. That he has taken this to heart is clear from the fact that he has decided to not to buy a car.
In the meantime, his wife Corinna and their three daughters (Emilia, Anabell, and Cosima) have also moved to the conveniently situated apartment in the Schöneberg district, where the children’s school is also located.
The Martin Luther congregation continues to wish the Ceconi family and our wider church family in Germany all the best in all their endeavours!
Read more about Pastor Ceconi in the Berliner Morgenpost, https://www.morgenpost.de/berlin/spaziergang/article230399446/Kirche-ist-ueberall-da-wo-Menschen-sind.html