The Rt. Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan
Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy
Land (ELCJHL) is The Rt. Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan. He was
consecrated as the third Palestinian bishop of the ELCJHL in
Bishop Younan was educated in Palestine and Finland and has been
very active in the Middle East Council of Churches, the Lutheran
World Federation and the Fellowship of the Middle East
Evangelical Churches (FMEEC).
Bishop Younan made the first translation of the Augsburg
Confession into Arabic and was a key initiator of several
dialogue initiatives among the three monotheistic religions in
Palestine. At present he is Vice President of the Lutheran World
Federation, the President of the FMEEC and president of the
Board of Managers of the International Christian Committee (ICC)
of Jerusalem, serving with the three patriarchs and nine other
bishops of Jerusalem.
The Bishop is an active member of the Lutheran World Federation
(LWF), having participated as a member of the youth committee
and advisor to the LWF Council and currently as a voting member
of the Council; vice president of the board of trustees of the
Ecumenical Institute, Strasbourg, France; vice chair of the LWF
Department for Mission and Development; and chair of the Asian
Regional Church Leaders Conference.
He also works with the Middle East Council of Churches, and the
World Council of Churches, among others. He is a recipient of the 2001 Finnish
Peace Prize from the Finnish Christian Peace Movement, and of
the Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association,
Bishop Younan holds an honorary doctor of divinity from Wartburg
College, Waverly, Iowa, an ELCA higher education institution. He
is author of numerous articles on the church in the Middle East
and has been a presenter at several conferences.
He and his wife, Suad, have three children, Annaliza, Andria and
Martha. They reside in Jerusalem.
Appointments within the ELCJHL
1998 - Pres.
Bishop (Consecrated Jan. 5, 1998)
2007 – Pres
Chair of the Board of Al Diyar
2004 – Pres.
Chair of Abraham's Herberge in Beit
1998 – Pres.
1990 – 1998
Synod President of the ELCJHL
1984 – 1998
Pastor of the
of Hope, Ramallah
1979 – 1984
Pastor of the
of the Reformation, Beit Jala
1976 – 1979
Pastor of the
1977 – 1988
of the ELCJHL
1976 – 1997
coordinator in Christian Education in Lutheran schools
Ordained May 30, 1976 at the Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem,
by Bishop Daoud Haddad
Study and research at the Lutheran
School of Theology in
1972 – 1976
Theological study at the University
of Helsinki, Finland
Graduated with a
Master’s Degree; Dissertation: “Election in Deutero Isaiah”
1969 – 1972
Deaconry at Luther Opisto College in Järvenpää, Finland
Certificate, the Tawjihi, from Al-Ahlia College, Ramallah
1955 – 1967
Lutheran schools in Jerusalem and
18 September 1950
to Andria Younan, originating from Beersheba,
and Alice Qandalaft from
(both refugees from 1948). Still holder of a United Nations
and Works Agency
(UNRWA) refugee status card.
1980 to Suad
Yacoub (born 23 Oct 1959) from
originally from Kfar Bir'im
the US Consulate in
for masters degree in biomedical engineering at the Technon in
school at St.
Joseph's School in