The IJG-Erlangen is based on the needs and interests of the church members. From this approach, we were able to gradually develop broad topics in the areas of faith, training, family and free time. The leadership for the local church is carried by our Pastors along with a team of elders. There is also a leader appointed to each small group and ministry of the church. The leader is responsible for this group.
Pastor Christian Fricke has been ministering in the International Jesus Gemeinde in Erlangen (Metropolitan Area of Nuremberg) since 2006. Born in the Frankfurt am Main area, he spent his childhood and adolescence there and in his teens he encountered Jesus Christ and accepted Him as his Savior.
After his decision to surrender his life to Jesus Christ and to follow Him, Christian served as youth leader in the International Jesus Gemeinde in Langen. While running his own company, he accepted God´s call to full-time ministry in 2003 and went to study theology at the European Theological Seminary in Freudenstadt.
In 2006 he was called to pastor the International Jesus Gemeinde in Erlangen.
Christian is married to Katrin and they have four children. Katrin is from Brazil and has a degree in social work. Christian likes playing sport, grilling (even in winter) and enjoys a delicious cup of coffee.
Christian and Katrin find it exciting to experience the living God in their lives, in the Church and in the city of Erlangen. They feel at home in the international community with its many encounters, experiences and challenges. Christian loves his multi-faceted ministry in the Church and sees his calling in encouraging people to grow in their faith and to find their vocation. He has a heart for unity and mutual co-operation with other churches.
As part of the Church of God of Prophecy Global Movement, Christian has also served as National Leader in Germany since 2018, as well as, being a member of the Shared Leadership Team for Europe/CIS/Middle East since 2013.
Pastor Simon Röck has been co-pastor of the International Jesus Church in Erlangen since 2015. Born and raised in Villingen-Schwenningen on the edge of the Black Forest, God surprised him with his Holy Spirit at the age of 20 and called him into a new life.
After stays in New Zealand and Kenya, he accepted God’s challenge to go to full-time service and began studying theology at Lee University, TN, graduating with an MA in Biblical Studies.
It is Simon’s passion to introduce people to the deeper dimensions of the faith and to present them with a God whom one simply needs to be amazed of.
Simon is married to Mutave and they have two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys climbing in the Franconian Switzerland region (Fränkische Schweiz).
In addition, Simon has been Dean of Studies at the THS Academy of Pastoral Leadership since 2019, where he helps build the Kingdom of God by investing in the leaders of tomorrow.