Maria Jepsen

Maria Jepsen (born 19 January 1945, in Bad Segeberg) is the former bishop of Hamburg in the North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church. On 4 April 1992 the synod of the Hamburg Ambit elected her bishop, the first Lutheran woman to be a bishop worldwide, and since then she has been re-elected for a second ten-year period.

Maria Jepsen

On 16 July 2010 she resigned due to allegations that she did not act on information about an abuse case in her ambit of the church in 1999.[1]

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Maria Jepsen
Born: 19 January 1945 in Bad Segeberg
Titles in Lutheranism
Preceded by
Peter Krusche
Bishop of the Hamburg Ambit within the
North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church

1992–2008
Succeeded by
herself in an extended ambit
Preceded by
herself in a smaller ambit and
Bärbel Wartenberg-Potter

as Bishop of the Holstein-Lübeck Ambit
Bishop of the Hamburg and Lübeck Ambit within the
North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church

2008–2010
Vacant
Title next held by
Kirsten Fehrs