The Durban Central Parish is led by the Parish Council. The clergy comprises of the parish pastor, a second full-time pastor, a pastor in the tent-making ministry (self-supporting), and a retired pastor.

Rev. Dr. Joe Lüdemann


Rev. Lüdemann was born and bred in Durban, a member of St. John’s Lutheran Congregation in Reservoir Hills.  In 1988, he went to Germany with his parents and siblings, where he studied Theology, served his pastoral internship, and completed his doctorate in Theology, including a year in Kansas, USA.  He returned to South Africa in 2001 as an ecumenical co-worker of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission (ELM), formerly known as the Hermannsburg Mission, for language studies in isiZulu.  He then served as Parish Pastor in the Tshaneni Parish of the uMfolozi Circuit, ELCSA-SED, located in the remote northeast of KwaZulu-Natal, from 2002 to 2007. From 2008 to 2014 he was the Parish Pastor of the Durban Central Parish with an emphasis on developing a lutheran student work at different universities in Durban as well as to network with other inner-city outreach projects. From 2015 onwards he is the Regional Representative for Southern Africa for the Evangelical Lutheran Mission (ELM), formerly known as Hermannsburg Mission. He is still pastor-in-charge of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. Rev. Lüdemann is married to Ingrid and they have three sons: Ben Jabulani, Samuel Sibusiso and Jakob Mandlenkosi. His favourite bible verse - being his confirmation verse - is from Isaiah 43 v 3: “Do not be afraid - I have saved you. I have called you by name - You are mine.”

Languages spoken: English, isiZulu, German, (Afrikaans)