Eugen Eckert

Eugen Eckert (born 1954) is a German social worker, minister, singer-songwriter and academic teacher. He is known for his lyrics for new spiritual songs (Neues Geistliches Lied), and his oratorios and musical plays.

Eugen Eckert
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Eckert in Frankfurt in 2008
Born1954 (age 67–68)
  • social worker
  • minister
  • singer-songwriter
  • academic teacher


Born in Frankfurt am Main, Eckert first worked as a social worker.[1] He studied from 1977 Protestant theology, pedagogic psychology and Slavic languages at the Frankfurt University[2] and the Mainz University. In 1990 he became the minister of the Protestant parish of Offenbach-Lauterborn.[1] He has been a minister for students (Studentenpfarrer) of the Frankfurt University since 1996, and is the minister of the stadium Commerzbank-Arena.[3] He has also worked for broadcasters and wrote books. From 1993 to 2013 he lectured at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

Eckert wrote from 1976 lyrics of Neues Geistliches Lied, producing more than thousand songs, ten oratorios, several Singspiele and cantatas.[4] He was in 1975 founding member of the band Habakuk, for which he has worked as songwriter, singer and manager.[4] Eckert was active in the Arbeitskreis Kirchenmusik und Jugendseelsorge im Bistum Limburg from 1980. When Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, then the bishop, dismissed its president Patrick Dehm as director of the "Haus der Begegnung",[5] Eckert resigned to express his protest.[4]

Eckert is a founding member and vice president of the ecumenical association inTAKT, founded on 8 April 2013 to promote Neues Geistliches Lied.[6]

Selected worksEdit

Eckert wrote the lyrics for more than 1000 songs of the genre Neues Geistliches Lied, oratorios and musical plays. Several songs have been included in the Protestant hymnal Evangelisches Gesangbuch and the Catholic hymnal Gotteslob.[6]




  1. ^ a b "Eugen Eckert" (in German). Wildenloh-Verlag. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Eugen Eckert" (in German). Frankfurt University. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Eugen Eckert" (in German). Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Eckert, Eugen" (in German). Strube Verlag. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Brief von Priestern und Mitarbeiter/innen des Bistums Limburg an Bischof Tebartz-van Elst" (PDF) (in German). IKVU. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Eugen Eckert" (in German). Retrieved 31 October 2016.

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